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Lake Chicot

North America's largest oxbow lake is in Arkansas. Lake Chicot also is Arkansas's largest natural lake at over 5,000 acres. With a long history dating back to Hernando de Soto, this lake has seen slave plantations, the largest Civil War battle to occur in Chicot County, and the first night flight made by Charles Lindbergh in 1923. Today, this lake hosts a spectacular state park with camping and a marina. Bird watchers know this lake because it is situated along the Mississippi Flyway, and anglers flock here as well for the excellent fishing.

Lake Chicot has what is known as an "upper" and "lower" lake. The Lake Chicot State Park is located on the upper lake and that park provides access to this portion of the lake. Access to the lower lake is at several points along U.S. Highways 65 and 82 and AR Highways 144 and 159.


The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) initiated a project in 1968 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicot County Rural Development Authority to clean up Lake Chicot after a dam project pushed silt and mud into this formerly pristine lake. The Corps drew down the lake water to compact bottom sediment and seed the lake with plants to provide today's food base for fish. The lake was restocked, and is now recovered.

This lake also features shoreline environments that treat fish well, such as cypresses, willows, dead timber, and docks. Anglers can expect to fish earlier in the season because of this lake's southern location. Look for bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth and hybrid striper bass, crappie, redear sunfish, and bream. The largemouth Florida-strain bass are stocked here, so be prepared!


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    Lake Chicot Arkansas Coordinates:
33.3225N -91.2783W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
5,300 acres
Maximum Depth:
25 ft
108 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Greenville, MS
Greenville, MS


Lake Chicot State Park, located on the north end of the lake, or upper lake, offers a marina with boat rentals, including 15-foot fishing boat with a 9.9 HP motor. If you have your own boat, you also can use their launch at no cost. The park store is stocked with camping and fishing supplies. Other launches are located at the Jack R. Rhodes Lake Front Park in downtown Lake Village, and at the Chicot County Park, located near the lake's south end.


Lake Chicot State Park, located at the north end of the lake, offers 127 camp sites and fourteen cabin units in seven duplexes. Chicot County Park, located at the south end of the lake, is a good site for RV owners with full hook-ups, concrete pads, and unlimited stays. Lake Village also offers hotels and other accommodations, and you might even want to spend a night or two in Greenville, Mississippi, just across the Mississippi River to the east.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Located entirely within Chicot County, Arkansas, Lake Chicot is located near the towns of Eudora and Lake Village. This lake also is located next to the Mississippi River, which provides visitors with easy access to the State of Mississippi. Although Lake Village maintains a municipal airport, visitors might enjoy using the Mid-Delta Regional Airport in Greenville, Mississippi. This is the Mississippi Delta's only commercial airport. From Lake Village on the western shores of Lake Chicot, the trip to the airport in Greenville is just 29 miles, but traffic through Greenville may slow your trip down to an hour, depending upon the time of day.

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