Situated among the scenic rolling hills atop Crowley’s Ridge in northeastern Arkansas is Lake Poinsett. This 640-acre impoundment was constructed in 1960 by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission to provide fishing recreation. Lake Poinsett State Park was established on the northern end of the lake in 1963, and today offers park visitors camping and picnicking facilities. Fishing enthusiasts find the relatively shallow waters of Lake Poinsett excellent for catching large stringers of bass, crappie, bream and catfish
Lake Poinsett’s location makes it an ideal base for exploring the beauty and history of Crowley’s Ridge, north or south. A year-round kaleidoscope of colors can be seen along the ridge ranging from the brilliant reds of maple trees in fall to the bright colors of wildflowers and dogwood blossoms in spring. North of the park near Paragould, visitors can explore the area of Chalk Bluff, made famous by General John S. Marmaduke’s Civil War cavalry as they chased Union forces into Missouri.
The state park offers 29 campsites (four Class A, 22 Class B and three Class D), picnic areas, a standard pavilion (screened with restrooms), boat launch ramp, and boat rentals. Near the picnic area is ample room for impromptu softball games. A children's playground is located between the picnic area and campground. For hiking enthusiasts, the 1.1-mile Great Blue Heron Trail can be enjoyed in a leisurely 45-minute hike.
Activities offered by park interpreters include trail walks, guided kayak and canoe tours, birding and watchable wildlife excursions, Dutch oven cooking workshops, fishing derbies, and more.
Scattered around the park are spacious picnic sites with tables and grills. Though the picnic sites are shaded by towering trees, there is ample open space in the area which can be used for impromptu softball games. A playground is between the campground and picnic areas. For family get-togethers or group gatherings, a pavilion may be reserved for a modest fee.
Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
With the following exception:
Jan., Feb., & Dec. Sat. & Sun. 8 a.m. - noon
Available year-round from the visitor center