More Adventures with Daisy 2007-08 travel blog

Lake Ouachita, Crystal Springs Campground - View of Crystal Springs Creek from...

This morning we left Rocky Point around 9:00 and headed for our next stop, Hot Springs, Arkansas, where we'll stay for a couple of days. We stopped for fuel at the Flying J on I-30 east of Texarkana and then at the Arkansas Welcome Center about half a mile from Flying J. We collected some valuable maps and brochures on other Arkansas places.

We arrived at Lake Ouachita, Crystal Springs Campground in mid-afternoon. A thermometer in town read 102 degrees. Yikes! Our campsites are right by the water and we are surrounded by trees, but it still is uncomfortably hot. Lake Ouachita is located partially in the Ouachita National Forest. It was formed by the Blakely Mountain Dam on the Ouachita River, about 13 miles from Hot Springs. It has a surface area of approximately 48,300 acres and is the largest lake in the state.

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