Cove Lake Recreation Area

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. 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.
The recreation area provides picnic areas, campsites and a group shelter, as well as multiple activities, including miniature golf, canoe and paddleboat rentals. The campground offers multiple single-family sites for tent or RV camping.

Activities and Amenities Within Facility :

  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Amphitheater
  • Beach access
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Concessions
  • Drinking Water
  • Entrance Station
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash collection
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing


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

Contact Cove Lake Recreation Area

19 Cove Lake Loop
Paris, Arkansas  72855
Phone: (479)963-6421


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