Lake Wedington beckons visitors of many types, those who come to relax and fish all day, those who come to speed along on bike paths or cruise on a boat, and those who want to stay in a cabin as a lakeside home-away-from-home. The recreation area also offers convenient access, as it is located just 13 miles west of Fayetteville, and 13 miles east of Siloam Springs.
The facility offers several rental cabins, campsites and picnic sites alongside its the lake. Each offers access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The area can be accessed by vehicle and a parking space should be available. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
A swimming area, boat ramp and accessible fishing pier are available on-site. Visitors enjoy boating, kayaking and canoeing, as well as fishing on the lake. Anglers seek bluegill, largemouth and spotted bass, bream and channel catfish, among other species. A world-record grass carp, weighing 80 pounds, was caught at the lake in 2004, using 14-pound line.
In addition to picnic areas and swimming, the area is also popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, however horses must be kept outside the park area at all times. The Lakeshore Hiking Trail circles a large portion of the lake. The North Twin hiking and mountain biking trial extends for sixteen miles from the facility.
A volleyball court and horseshoes pits are also provided at the park.
Drinking water, showers, a boat ramp and flush toilets are among the available amenities at Lake Wedington. Campsites do not have electrical hookups, but are equipped with a picnic table, campfire ring and grill.
The picnic pavilion and lodge are available for day-use only. The picnic pavilion can accommodate up to 75 guests and the lodge can hold up to 200 people.
The six historic cabins are equipped with electricity, including heating and air conditioning. A kitchen area in each of the buildings is equipped with a stove, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, cooking pots and pans and basic tableware.
Linens, towels and bedding are not provided. Guests should pack food, towels, blankets and/or sleeping bags, pillows, and other basic overnight supplies. They should also bring their own firewood or request to purchase from the park in advance. Click here for more information on Lake Wedington facilities.
In the 1930s, the lake and recreation area were built under the guidance of the Soil Conservation Service. The Forest Service acquired the land in 1954 and restored the buildings, and the location is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guests who rent one of the cabins will get the opportunity to stay in a historic structure from the 1930s, while still enjoying the luxuries of a cozy bed and a coffee maker.
A variety of wildlife, trees, ferns and wildflowers surround the 102-acre Lake Wedington. Fall leaves put on quite a show, often attracting photographers. Wildlife in the area includes rabbits, deer and wild turkeys, as well as an array of migratory waterfowl. In winter, eagles may be sighted.
Along State Highway 16, both east to Fayetteville, or west to Siloam Springs, groceries, gasoline, ice and other supplies are available in the small communities of Prairie Grove, Farmington and Lincoln.From Fayetteville, travel west on Highway 16 (Wedington Road) for 13 miles, to the Lake Wedington entry road. The road is negotiable for RVs of all sizes.
From Siloam Springs, travel east on Highway 16 for 13 miles.N