Just 10 miles north of Jonesboro, Lake Frierson and Lake Frierson State Park front the western edge of picturesque Crowley’s Ridge, a geological phenom- enon which rises 100-200 feet above the surrounding countryside and stretches from southern Missouri to the Mississippi River at Helena, Arkansas. The park's natural beauty is enhanced each spring when wild dogwoods bloom throughout the park.
People are discovering that Lake Frierson is one of the hottest fishing spots in Northeast Arkansas. Built as a U.S. Soil Conservation Service project, this 335- acre lake is managed by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. On the eastern shore of the lake is 114- acre Lake Frierson State Park. Added to the Arkansas State Parks system in 1975, the park is a popular recreation and environmental education area. The lake is stocked by the Game & Fish Commis- sion. Excellent catches of bass, bream, channel catfish and crappie are being reported. Please remember no hunting is allowed in the State Park.
Camping: Located in a beautiful, wooded area near the lake and boat ramp are seven campsites. Four are equipped for RV’s and camping trailers with electric and water hook-ups. Three are for tents only. All sites are equipped with table, grill and a lantern hanger. Tent pads are available on selected sites. A bathhouse and sanitary dump station are at nearby Crowley’s Ridge State Park.
Fishing and Boating: This timber filled lake provides excellent habitat for bass, bream, channel catfish and crappie. There is a free boat launch ramp on park property. Fishing boat rentals, boating supplies, tackle, fishing license and other items are available at the Visitor Center. Visitors may rent fishing boats (no motors) or pedal boats (seasonal) at the Visitor Center. A barrier-free fishing pier is located in the day use area.
Wildlife Watching: Lake Frierson State Park is an excellent wildlife viewing area. Along the park trails watch for deer, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, snakes, box turtles, songbirds and wildflowers. On the lake and along the shoreline, osprey, woodpeckers, herons and kingfishers are seen year round along with aquatic turtles, frogs, toads and snakes. This is also a good viewing area for migratory waterfowl in the winter. Please report your sightings at the Visitor Center!
Picnicking: Overlooking the lake, the picnic areas offers tables, grills, water and nearby restrooms. Adjacent to the picnic area is a barrier-free playground.
Programs: Interpretive and educational programs are available year round. Programs may include guided nature hikes, slide shows, demonstrations, special events and weekend programming. Schools, scouts and other organized groups are encouraged to request special programs year-round with advance notice.
Trails: Dogwood Lane Trail is approximately 1/2-mile long self-guided interpretive trail with a 1/8-mile spur that leads to the Visitor Center. Lake Frierson State Park has more dogwoods than any other state park its size and bursts into a wild array of dogwood blossoms in the spring.
Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
With the following exception: Closed Sat. & Sun. during Jan., Feb., Nov., & Dec.