The 34,300-acre reservoir is on the Arkansas River, making it one of The Nation's premier major bass-fishing tournament sites. White bass are native to the river and are therefore found in Lake Dardanelle. The lake also contains very large catfish, large quantities of bream, and is stocked with crappie and largemouth bass. Because of mild winters, Lake Dardanelle offers one of the most populous bass habitats. The lake is also known for the large striper that are caught in it's lower areas of Dardanelle where the river channel, creeks and streams meet. Large hybrids are also known to be caught near Ozark Dam during the fall and spring spawn.
In the (Russellville) main area is the park's 1,861-square-foot, fishing tournament weigh-in pavilion, a world-class facility and the first of its kind in the nation that serves as a staging area for tournaments. Near the weigh-in pavilion is a covered, barrier-free fishing pier, a popular facility for bank fishing enthusiasts, sightseers, and photographers because of its sweeping view of lake and 1,350-foot Mount Nebo to the south.
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 launch ramps and many other amenities.
Fish found in Lake Dardanelle: blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, sauger, largemouth bass, white bass, hybrid striped bass, white bass, spotted sunfish, striped sunfish, bluegill sunfish, redear sunfish, crappie, warmouth.
Access Points: For a map with access points into Lake Dardanelle CLICK HERE!