Lake Ouachita, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas, USA

Lake Ouachita, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 377 vacation rentals near Lake Ouachita. From 180 houses to 143 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Ouachita for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

When you wanna get away from it all... and we mean it all

Situated inside Ouachita National Forest, this glittering namesake lake is the area's prized jewel. Featuring watersports, hiking, and historic springs, spending a night in a Lake Ouachita vacation rental means so many outdoor activities to enjoy, you might have trouble fitting them all in. With the right amout of planning, we trust you'll be able to start your day on a boat, end on horseback, and maybe even go snorkeling somewhere in between. But don't worry, no one will judge you if you'd rather just hole up in a hammock with a good book and a better view, either.

DEF count us in for that party barge, thanks

Enjoying Lake Ouachita solo is certainly possible, but the local rangers are willing to take you on almost any guided experience possible. Whether it's a party barge on the lake, a guided hike, or a living history demonstration, the team can show you all the area has to offer. The programs are perfect for families, as the rangers are particularly well-equipped for educational programs. Whether you join a group for birdwatching, or set off on horseback on your own, cap your day off with your feet up by the fire of your Lake Ouachita vacation rental for pure perfection.

Arkansas's largest lake in Arkansas's largest national park

As the oldest and largest national forest in the US, Ouachita National Park serves as an outdoor, interactive museum in itself. Living history demonstrations are regularly presented to help teach visitors about the area, culture, and sustainability. Aside from the endless activities that bring travelers from near and far, Lake Ouachita -- the largest lake in Arkansas -- also neighbors the town of Hot Springs, home of the historic Hot Springs National Park. Also nearby is Mount Ida, famous for its quartz crystal mines and rock shops.

Cold in winter, hot in summer... just as suspected

The weather in Lake Ouachita and the surrounding national park is relatively mild year-round. Winters bring the coldest months, hovering around the high 30s and low 40s, with snow a rarity. The shoulder seasons are responsible for the most rain, though thanks to its shallow waters, the lake's temperature rarely shifts by much. The summer is the most attractive time to book your Lake Ouachita vacation rental, when it seems that everyone in Arkansas flocks to the shores to dip their toes in the clear, blue water.

Look to the skies for birds and butterflies

Along with providing thousands of acres of land for tons of species of wild animals to call home, Lake Ouachita also sits under the famed Mississippi River flyway. This makes it the perfect stop for anyone eager to see the millions of butterflies and birds who migrate through each year. The lake is also home to a huge variety of fish, and the hiking and biking trails that wind through the park are sure to cross paths with the other critters who call this national forest their home.