My First Visit To DeGray Lake Resort State Park

By | February 27, 2017

This past Saturday I made a trip to DeGray Lake Resort State Park here in Arkansas. This was my first time visiting this park. The trip only took a little over an hour from my cabin. I didn’t read up about this park before I made the trip so I didn’t know what to expect. I have done lots of traveling to different states and I feel like Arkansas has some of the best State Parks. When I arrived at DeGray I wasn’t disappointed. The first two things I noticed was the Golf Course and the stables for the guided horseback riding. I don’t play golf, but the course looked nice. I didn’t see any horses so I am guessing that they were not open this time of year.

I stopped by the visitor center and picked up a map. I saw that they had 5 short hiking trails. I hiked the Island Trail first which was a mile in length. I actually hiked this trail twice taking photos of the lake. The other trail I hiked was the Towering Pines Trail, which was 1/2 mile long. I always like to hike a few trails first so that I can stretch my legs after driving.

I was only able to check out one of the camping areas because the others were closed. One area was being updated and the other was closed. I’m guessing because of the time of year. The campsites were very nice. (113 class “B” sites – tables, grills, water and electricity).

DeGray Lake Resort State Park also has a lodge with a restaurant. I did eat lunch at the restaurant. They do have free WiFi if you need it. I also noticed that they have free electrical plugins in the parking lot for the Fisherman, but I figured it would be good for charging camera batteries.

This park did offer several programs and the one that interested me was the Eagle Watch Tour, but you had to make a reservation.

Eagle Watch Tour

Looking for an adventure? Join a park interpreter for a guided eagle-watching tour on DeGray Lake. We’ll search for wintering bald eagles, ospreys, loons, herons, grebes, ducks, and more.

DeGray Lake

DeGray Lake, Arkansas

Tree At DeGray Lake

A Cool Looking Tree On The Swimming Beach

Island Trail Sign

Island 3D Trail Sign – Degray Lake

Picnic Area At DeGray

One Of The Picnic Areas At DeGray State Park

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.