Address 1: 1200 Catherine Park Road
City: Hot Springs
Open: Open all year
Number of Sites: 68
Full Hook: 44
Full Hook: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Tents Allowed: Yes
Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in the Hot Springs area, Lake Catherine State Park features CCC/Rustic Style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.
Situated along the lakeshore are the park’s 18 cabins that feature fully-equipped kitchens. Most have wood-burning fireplaces.
The park’s fully-accessible cabin, the Polly Crews Cabin, was designed in detail to serve the needs of visitors with disabilities. The cabin also includes its own private and fully-accessible fishing pier and boat dock. The 1,160-square-foot cabin is a design inspired by the rustic architectural designs of five other cabins in the park. An accessible parking space and path provide barrier-free access to the cabin. The two-bedroom cabin includes a bathroom offering both a spa tub and a roll-in shower. Just outside the cabin’s screened porch overlooking the lake is a large flagstone patio with a picnic table and pedestal grill.
Sixty-eight campsites and two Rent-A-Camp sites offer lake views and woodland views. Two of the park’s campgrounds just reopened following a total renovation. It encompassed 32 campsites in Camping Area C, an area that stretches along the shore of Lake Catherine and includes many lakeside sites. In Camping Area A, located on a hillside nearby, a total of 12 campsites were renovated. Campground improvements include new roads, utility distribution systems and the parking pads and utilities at each campsite. Most of the parking pads are now 60 feet long or longer. Now classified as Class AAA sites, each one is a pull-in or back-in campsite featuring water and sewer hookups plus combined electrical for 20 amp, 30 amp, and 50 amp connections. Each site includes a picnic table, grill, lantern hanger and tent pad. Additional vehicle parking is scattered throughout the camping areas. Campground improvements include two barrier-free campsites that are located adjacent to the two existing bathhouses. Both bathhouses now offer barrier-free access for visitors with disabilities.
The park’s marina, open in summer only, sells bait and fuel. Rental boats are available throughout the year. The park features a launch ramp, standard pavilion, picnic sites, playgrounds, laundry and trails. Gifts, groceries, snacks and ice are available for sale daily at the visitor center that overlooks the swimming area and nature center (open during the summer only).