The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed this impoundment along the Saline River, creating Dierks Lake for flood control purposes. Although fairly isolated, the lake sees plenty of water recreation enthusiasts, especially for boating and fishing. Dierks Lake is known for its great bass and crappie fishing as well as for swimming and skiing. This lake is one of what are known as South Arkansas's tri-lakes with Gillham and DeQueen (also known as De Queen) Lakes.
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Two boat ramps are available at Jefferson Ridge and one is available at Blue Ridge Park.
The closest state park to Dierks Lake is the Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, which is located 35 miles from the Jefferson Ridge Use Area on the west side of the lake. If your family wants to dig for diamonds while you fish, Crater of Diamonds State Park can offer that option. This state park is located 42 miles southwest from the lake.
If you want to stay closer to the lake, Dierks Lake is ideal for campers. Over 100 camp sites are available, and the Corps maintains three campgrounds. Blue Ridge Park, Horseshoe Bend, and Jefferson Ridge provide a mix of primitive camp sites and sites with electrical hook ups. All three sites also provide swimming beaches. Other accommodations can be found in Dierks, De Queen, and Nashville.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Dierks Lake divides Sevier and Howard Counties in Arkansas. The closest towns include Dierks, De Queen, and Nashville. The closest major airport is located in Texarkana, which is 59 miles from Dierks. Sevier County does maintain a public airport that offers limited service. Hot Springs also has a limited-use airport, located 70 miles from Dierks.
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