Horseshoe Bend (Dierks Lake)


Horseshoe Bend Park, located along the Saline River just south of Dierks Dam, is home to a paddlers dream course. This aquatic whitewater park, built along three quarters of a mile of pristine river funneled over native river stone, offers four or more challenging drops. The course is designed with paddlers in mind and is an excellent training location. The water park was home to the Olympic trials in the late 90’s and is dependent on spillway releases from Dierks Lake dam. When water conditions are right the course simulates Class II to Class IV rapids, all within a safe location that is easily accessible for paddlers to practice new techniques. For those looking to stay and play a while, 12 class A campsites are available along the riverfront



Day use





12 Campsites (Overnight)

1 Pavillion (Day Use)

2 Restrooms 1 Shower Facility


Natural Features

Dierks Lake is in the Ouachitas region of Arkansas and sits on the Saline River. Horseshoe bend sets at the base of a 300 foot verticle cliff offering scenic views along the steep wooded areas

Nearby Attractions

A day trip to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, just 30 miles from the park, is a popular activity. The diamond mine is the only one of its kind in the country, where visitors get to keep any diamonds and semi-precious stones they unearth, regardless of value.

Hot Springs National Park known for its naturally headed springs ust an hours drive away offers a multiple bathouses, resturants, and activies.

Choctaw nation located just an hour away at Brokenbow offers world class gaming casino as well a variet of natural features and resturants

From Dierks travel towards DeQueen on Hwy 70 for about 3 miles. At the brown sign, turn right on Dierks Lake road and travel around 5 miles. Before crossing the dam turn left down, go down the hill into Horseshoe Bend campground.