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Horseshoe Lake

Horseshoe Lake is a private 2,362-acre horseshoe-shaped (oxbow) lake located six miles east from Hughes, Arkansas, along the western banks of the Mississippi River. Although a private lake, the public is allowed to boat and fish here. The lake is well known for its open water and for its massive ancient cypress tree stands, as well as coves fit for anglers. The lake also encompasses other smaller lakes such as Mud Lake, Bushy Lake, Goose Lake, and Porter Lake. All these lakes are circled by a road called "Horseshoe Circle," which anglers or boaters can use to gain access to fish, water ski, and boat.

Changes in the course of the Mississippi River created this lake, which is located in the flood plains. You'll see houses on stilts sitting out over the lake to accommodate for flooding in the area.


Anglers covet the largemouth bass that use the cypress stands for habitat. Bluegill also are prominent in this lake.


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    Horseshoe Lake Arkansas Coordinates:
34.9159N -90.3545W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
2,362 acres
Maximum Depth:
15 ft
171 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Memphis, TN
Memphis, TN


Boaters can gain access to Horseshoe Lake by two paid boat ramps. There is a north access to the lake that also features a campground, marina, fishing dock, restaurant, and gas station.


Village Creek State Park offers cabins and camp sites, and this park is located a little over an hour's drive from Horseshoe Lake to the northeast. St. Francis National Forest also provides camping via an entrance at Marianna, Arkansas to the southeast. The Lone Pine Campground, which is open between May and November, provides two tent sites and twelve combination tent/RV sites with no pull-throughs. That campground is located 44 miles from the lake.

Several private homes are available to rent along the lake and in the surrounding region. If you're seeking hotels or motels, head north along the Mississippi River to West Memphis. Although hotels are located across the river in the Tunica and Robinson areas, the nearest bridge to cross the Mississippi is located in Memphis.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Horseshoe Lake is located in Crittendon County, close to Hughes and West Memphis. A town named after Horseshoe Lake sits on the eastern shore. The closest large city is Memphis, Tennessee, which is almost 34 miles via West Memphis across the Mississippi River. The Memphis International Airport is located 44 miles from the lake.

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