Lake Poinsett State Park

In 2017 Lake Poinsett was being drained, but still a great place for a getaway weekend trip

Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.

In 2017 when we visited this park, Arkansas Fish and Game had begun draining the lake in order to work on the dam and its outlets. After 5 years the dam is full. Now if fishing or boat is your only purpose, you are in luck. Below there are pictures both of our 2017 and 2022 visits. We found the park a great getaway place just to camp and do some hiking even is boating or fishing are not your forte. If you are spending several days or a week there, you may want to take a day or two to visit some other state parks nearby. A trip to the Hampson Museum at Wilson and a tour of the Parkin Archeological State Park are well worth the drives to visit. If you just want to relax or just enjoy the nature, you can kick back and make some smores or read a book while camping at the park. If you want to enjoy camping at another great park, drive to  Village Creek State Park not far from Lake Poinsett.

For more information and updates on the park, visit the Arkansas State Parks website.

Lake being drained in 2017.

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Lake Poinsett when full in 2022

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Below are pictures of the park as we saw it on our 2017 trip as well as in 2022 when it came back full level.

Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

The sign welcomes you to Lake Poinsett State Park.

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Office
Office

The office has a small store and gift shop and sells bait as well.

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Another Picnic Area Picture
Another Picnic Area Picture

The shaded area is near the playground.

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Entrance Sign
Entrance Sign

The sign welcomes you to Lake Poinsett State Park.

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This 8 minute video done by Paul Ragland is an interesting aerial view of the draining of Lake Poinsett.

It is now 2022 and the lake is back for you to enjoy. Look at this 3 minute video by Arkansas Air that shows the beauty of the refilled lake.

2022 Lake Is Full Again!

2022 Lake Is Full Again!

After five years the lake is back.

Drained Lake

Drained Lake

This is how the lake looked in 2017