Lake Fort Smith State Park

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Lake Fort Smith State Park
Arkansas state park
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Lake Fort Smith nestled in the Boston Mountains
Named for: Lake Fort Smith
Country United States
State Arkansas
Regions Boston Mountains, Ozark National Forest
County Crawford County
City Mountainburg
Location Visitor Center [1]
 - coordinates 35°42′2.1″N 94°7′14.1″W / 35.700583°N 94.120583°W / 35.700583; -94.120583Coordinates: 35°42′2.1″N 94°7′14.1″W / 35.700583°N 94.120583°W / 35.700583; -94.120583
Area 260 acres (105 ha) [2]
Biome Forest
Official dedication June 19, 2008 [2]
Managed by Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
Original park opened 1967
Original park closed January 2, 2002
Park opened in new location May 21, 2008
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Location of Lake Fort Smith State Park in Arkansas
Location of Lake Fort Smith State Park in Arkansas
Website : Lake Fort Smith State Park

Lake Fort Smith State Park is a 260-acre (110 ha) Arkansas state park in Crawford County, Arkansas in the United States. Originally a Fort Smith city park in the 1930s and later the Works Progress Administration-built Mountainburg Recreational Facility, the lake nestled in the Boston Mountains was adopted into the state park system by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism in 1967.[2] Lake Fort Smith State Park was closed in 2002 to make way for a larger dam and spillway. The addition flooded the site of the old park, and the new 260 acre Lake Fort Smith State Park reopened May 21, 2008 four miles north of its original location with 30 camp sites, 10 cabins, a group lodging facility, picnic sites, a pavilion, marina with rental boats, a double lane boat ramp, a swimming pool, playground, and an 8,000 square foot visitor center with exhibit gallery, gift shop, a meeting/class room, a patio with an outdoor wood burning fireplace, and an expansive view of the lake and mountains.[3]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lake Fort Smith State Park". Arkansas State Parks Guide, 2011. Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. p. 40. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Staffs of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism & Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture (July 8, 2010). "Lake Fort Smith State Park". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Lake Fort Smith State Park" (PDF). Arkansas State Parks and Tourism. 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2012.