Mississippi River State Park is on the southern end of Crowley's Ridge and borders the Mississippi River. Operating through a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service within the 24,000-acre St. Francis National Forest, Arkansas's newest state park will eventually encompass 536 acres. Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area in Lee County offers full-service campsites. Areas to be added to the park in the coming years include the confluence of the St. Francis and Mississippi rivers, St Francis River Access, Hornor Neck Access and Storm Creek Lake Recreation Area in Phillips County. Park visitors enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, shell crackers, crappie and channel catfish. On the Audubon Great River Birding Trail, the park offers a diverse array of birding and watchable wildlife opportunities including deer, waterfowl, bald eagles, gray and fox squirrel, otter, beaver and alligator.
The park is also on the Great River Road and the Crowley's Ridge Parkway. The Great River Road is a 10-state byway stretching along both sides of the Mississippi River from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Like the Great River Road, Crowley's Ridge Parkway also features the dramatic and beautiful scenery in eastern Arkansas. Winding through the park and the national forest is an unpaved part of the Parkway that showcases the unique hardwood forest and steep hills of Crowley's Ridge.
Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >
Camping-Beech Point Campground is on a wooded peninsula in Bear Creek Lake.
Campsites feature views of the lake and are surrounded by prime wildlife and birding habitat. Two courtesy docks provide campers with additional access to the lake, known for outstanding bream and bass fishing. The campground features 17 campsites [14 Class AAA with water/electric/sewer hookups and three Class D Walk-in Tent Sites]. Each paved site includes an extended hardened living area with picnic table, grill, lantern hanger, and tent pad. A barrier-free bathhouse is centrally located. On the east side of the lake, the park's Lone Pine Campground offers 14 primitive sites (no hookups) and vault toilets. For group camping, Maple Flats Campground (no hookups) includes vault toilets. Camping is paid at the visitor center, or after hours at self-pay stations in each campground. Reservations can be made by calling the park office at: 870-295-4040. Arkansas State Parks camping rules and regulations apply to all Bear Creek Lake Recreation Area campsites.
Day Use Area
Adjacent to the campground is the Day-use Area that includes picnic areas with tables and grills, swimming, a boat ramp, and the Bear Creek Lake Nature Trail. Use of this area and the boat ramp are free of charge. Picnicking at Beaver Point Picnic Area on the east side of Bear Creek Lake is also free. Hike the one-mile loop Bear Creek Lake Nature Trail and experience the beauty of the Crowley's Ridge forest.
Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Campground/Picnic Area open all year, as are boat ramps.
Free swimming at beaches. No lifeguard, swim at your own risk.