Things to See and Do

Outdoor Recreation


Hunting  Great hunting opportunities abound In the Des Arc/White River area. White River Game Management area, Cache River Refuge, Black Swamp, and Wattensaw Game Management Area are only minutes from downtown Des Arc. Game such as deer, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, duck, and geese abound in these areas.  

Fishing  Lake Des Arc, White River, Cache River, and Bayou Des Arc provide ample opportunities for the fishing enthusiast. The River Front Park, located at the end of Main Street in Des Arc, provides a public boat ramp to provide access to the White River. Park amenities also include a playground, picnic spaces, pavilion, and a paved walking trail. 

Golf The 9-Hole golf course at the Grand Prairie Country Club (located at 682 Country Club Rd, Hazen) offers nearby golf 14 miles south of Des Arc.  For more information or to book a t-time, call (870) 255-3043.

Things to See and Do


The town has several points of interest, including two parks overlooking the White River. Both have covered pavilions for outdoor picnics. One provides a concrete boat access to the White River and the other provides a playground for children. 

Des Arc also has a walking trail. The trailhead is located directly behind the Prairie County Courthouse where it goes by the White River where old steamboats docked at one time. The trail ends at the Des Arc High School. It is a 10 foot wide paved trail with park benches along the way and is lighted with antique lamps. It is approximately 1/2 mile in length. 

The Lower White River Museum State Park  contains exhibits that interpret early Arkansas settlement, transportation routes, and the river-based economy including fishing and shelling. The Prairie County Log Cabin Museum next door is furnished to show a family’s way of life during early settlement days. 

Nearby Campsites and Hotels


Camping & RV Parks


3001 Highway 11 North Hazen, AR 72064 Phone: 870-255-4914


T. Ricks is located off Interstate 40 at Exit 193 in Hazen, approximately 13 miles south of Des Arc, 40 miles east of Little Rock and 90 miles west of Memphis. T. Ricks offers 26 pull-through Recreational Vehicle sites, each with 20-Amp and 50-AmpService. Full water and dump service is available. Campsite reservations are not required, but suggested.  Reservations and inquiries are directed to the listed phone or e-mail. 

Lake Des Arc Lake Des Arc, located 5 miles north of Des Arc on Highway 11, is a 953-acre wildlife management area owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.  Lake Des Arc offers primitive campsites, as well as those with electrical hookups, on Des Arc Lake, a 320-acre public fishing lake. Opportunities include hunting, fishing, and bird watching. For more information, call 877-734-4581, or visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website at Maps are available online.

Wattensaw Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Wattensaw WMA is owned and operated by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and is located in Prairie County, Arkansas. Wattensaw WMA is located approximately 11 miles south of Des Arc, 40 miles east of Little Rock, 93 miles west of Memphis, and 26 miles north of Stuttgart.

Wattensaw features 38 primitive camping sites with plenty of hunting and fishing opportunities, there are three retriever trial areas, 28 target archery ranges, and a concrete launch ramp. For more information, call 877-734-4581 or visit the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission website at