The St. Francis National Forest, located in east-central Arkansas, is comprised of 21,201 acres. There are three developed campgrounds, two of which met the selection criteria.
The St. Francis National Forest is described as "an island in the river" and so it is. The Forest rises from the delta plains of Arkansas and Mississippi with a sudden beauty. The tallest oaks, sycamore and buckeye trees can be found in the Forest along the gentle slopes of Crowley Ridge with its 300 foot elevation. Although not as impressive as its neighbor National Forest, the St. Francis offers its visitors a chance to enjoy the quiet and solitude found only in a healthy woodland.
While the recreational opportunities found within the St. Francis National Forest are not as diverse as in other National Forests, the fishing is great! With two man-made lakes and campgrounds on each, fishermen will return time after time. Bear Creek Lake, located in the northern portion, is 625 acres, and Storm Creek Lake, at the southern end of the Forest, is 425 acres. They are big enough to accommodate a variety of water recreation opportunities and often do so. Both Lakes have a large populations of largemouth bass, crappie, redeyed bream, and Channel catfish. However, Storm Creek Lake also is stocked with the hybrid bass strippers.
St. Francis National Forest has two campgrounds the authors researched. One campground, Lone Pine, is on the banks of Bear Creek Lake and the second, Storm Creek Lake , is on the Lake with the same name. Each can accommodate car, tent, recreational vehicles (RV), and motorhome camping enthusiasts but there are no hook-ups nor a Forest Service provided dump station for RVs.
Surrounded by the fertile farmland of "the delta," the unconfined rugged beauty found in the St. Francis National Forest will surprise and delight the visitor.
605 W. Main St.
Russellville, Arkansas 72801
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Marianna, Arkansas 72360