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Greers Ferry Lake

Greers Ferry Lake is a reservoir created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1964 by impounding the Little Red River with the Greers Ferry Dam. President John F. Kennedy made his last public appearance here to dedicate the dam and lake before that fateful trip to Dallas in 1963. Noted for its beautiful shoreline and deep crystal-clear waters, this lake provides excellent opportunities for camping, boating (including sailing), scuba diving, water skiing, and fishing.

Although this lake is noted as having 30,000 acres, the reservoir actually consists of two lakes connected by a gorge called "the Narrows." The surface area of both large water bodies and the Narrows equals about 40,500 acres. Many of the boat ramps were previous roads that led to a town named Higden, which is now located underwater.


Greers Ferry Lake is a record-producing reservoir, currently home to the world record walleye at 22 pounds, eleven ounces. A state record 27-pound, five-ounce hybrid striped bass also was snagged from this lake. Almost every game fish native to Arkansas has been stocked in this lake by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, including healthy populations of bream crappie, and white and black bass.

The Little Red River also is known worldwide as a quality trout fishery. This river, located downstream from Greers Ferry Dam, includes brown, brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. In 1992, a world record brown trout weighing in at 40 pounds, four ounces, was taken from these waters.


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    Greers Ferry Lake Arkansas Coordinates:
35.5339N -92.1298W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
30,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
180 ft
459 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Little Rock
Little Rock


This lake offers 22 launch ramps for all types of water vessels. Nine private marinas supply fuel, services, and fishing supplies.


Although this lake is not near any of Arkansas's state parks, visitors can find eighteen parks surrounding the lake, providing camping, boat launches, swimming areas, and marinas. Visitors also can find several hotels in Heber Springs, as well as in Fairfield Bay.

Heber Springs was founded as a health resort on the south shores of Greers Ferry Lake, and it hosts historic buildings and Spring Park with its mineral springs. Fairfield Bay, located on the lake's north shores, offers a wide variety of lodging options as well as golf courses and health clubs.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Greers Ferry Lake extends across both Van Buren and Cleburne Counties in northern Arkansas along the Little Red River. Heber Springs, located on the southern shores of this lake, maintains a municipal airport. A larger airport is located in Little Rock, which is located just 75 miles south of the lake.

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