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Lake Dardanelle is a Reservoir in Pope, Arkansas.

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Lake Dardanelle is a major lake along the Arkansas River in Arkansas. Russellville lies on Lake Dardanelle, and the lake provides many recreational opportunities. Lake Dardanelle covers nearly 40,000 acres (160 km2) of land, which provides lots of area for boating, fishing, picnicking, camping, and scenic views. The lake extends from Dardanelle Lock and Dam near Dardanelle, into Pope, Yell, Logan, Johnson, and Franklin Counties. The lake reaches 50 miles (80 km) upstream the Arkansas River and has 315 miles (510 km) of shoreline. Each recreational park on Dardanelle has drinking water, picnic tables, and toilet facilities. Most have trailer dump stations, boat launch ramps, and electrical sites.

Fishing Description: 

The lake, which is extremely popular with anglers, boasts populations of big catfish. White bass are native to the river, with adults traveling in schools and feeding near the surface. Bream fishing is excellent in the lake, which has also been stocked with crappie and largemouth bass. With no closed season and mild winters, fishing is good year round.

Facilities and Parks: 

Lake Dardanelle State Park offers two areas on the lake: one park site is at Russellville, and the other is located at nearby Dardanelle. Both the Russellville (main park) and Dardanelle locations offer camping, launch ramps, standard pavilions, picnic sites, restrooms, and bathhouses with hot showers.

Lake Dardanelle
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