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Cove Lake Recreation Area, Arkansas Campground Photos, Directions & Reservations

Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos

Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos
Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos
Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos
Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos
Cove Lake Recreation Area Photos


The Cove Lake Recreation Area is a perfect summer getaway and an ideal place to camp, picnic or recreate. It envelops the shores of a 160-acre mountain lake near the 2,700-foot-tall Mount Magazine, the highest point in the state of Arkansas.

Natural Features

The recreation area is situated in a mixed forest of mature trees and is located in the Arkansas River Valley in the Ozark National Forest.


Popular activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, water skiing and scenic drives. A boat ramp is available and an on-site concessionaire provides boat rentals and other equipment available for purchase.

The lake is home to catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, crappie and perch. It is stocked every other year, although a small amount of catfish are stocked annually and just prior to a yearly kids’ fishing derby hosted at the lake.

Recreation Sites

  • Standard Nonelectric
  • Group Shelter Electric
  • Overnight
  • Day


  • Other Recreation Concession Site
  • Swimming Site
  • Day Use Area
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Water Sports
  • Hunting
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Camping
  • Boating
  • Biking


  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Self Pay Station
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Fire Pit
  • Picnic Table
  • BBQ
  • Tent Pad
  • Grills/Fire Ring
  • Accessibility
  • Accessible Occupant Message
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Accessible Grills
  • Electricity
  • Picnic Tables
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Beach Access
  • Accessible Parking
  • Accessible Picnic Shelters

Directions and Contact Information

From Paris, take Highway 109 south, then turn southeast on Highway 309 for 9 miles.

Need to Know

  • A no-wake policy is in effect on the entire lake during weekends and holidays
  • Hookups are not available
  • First-come, first-served sites may be available
  • Off-road vehicles are prohibited in the campground
  • Click here for more information on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
  • Don’t Move Firewood: Help protect our forests! Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by obtaining firewood at or near your destination and burning it on-site. Moving firewood is illegal in some states. Visit to learn more.

Location Map

Latitude 35° 13′ 27.9998″ N
Longitude 93° 37′ 21.0000″ W

Mailing Address

PARIS, AR 72855

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 479-963-6421

Additional Information

Print Facility Map
Arkansas State Tourism
Arkansas State Road Conditions

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