More than 1.5 million acres of protected National Forest and State Park lands surround Lake Ouachita, providing seemingly endless hiking opportunities. One very popular trail is the Caddo Bend Trail. Although strenuous at some points, the effort brings a high reward with expansive views over Ouachita lake, geologic formations, and gorgeous wildflowers. Photography enthusiasts will want to time this 4-mile trek so as not to miss capturing images of the setting sun reflected in the waters of the lake, from the vantage point of the observation deck.
With 40.000 acres of water, 600mi. of shoreline, and numerous private islands to explore, Lake Ouachita is a boatman's paradise. There are 18 boat ramps from which to access the lake with your own watercraft, and there are also local companies that offer a variety of attractive boat rentals. One of many outfitters, Aqua Fun Boat Rentals, at the North Shore Marina, offers half-day and full-day rentals of pontoon and sport deck boats. Consider embarking upon the Ouachita Geo-Float Trail; maps are available at the Spillway Recreation Area for the 16mi. self-guided water tour that highlights the many geological and water features of the area.
Having the distinction of being one of the cleanest lakes in the USA, Lake Ouachita attracts scuba divers of all nationalities. With a surface area over 31sqmi., the clear waters of the lake offer divers underwater visibility for up to 20ft or more. Underwater geologic formations and plants, as well as a wide variety of marine life await. There are a number of official diving sites for all skill levels which can be accessed by boat or from shore, and The Scuba and Archery Center can outfit you with gear for your adventure.