Dam Site Lake Park Campground | Beaver Lake Island Camping

Dam Site Lake Park Campground is one of the best places to camp on the shore of Beaver Lake in Arkansas! Camping at Dam Site Lake Park is Ozark Mountain clear water lake camping at its finest! No exaggeration, Beaver Lake has beautiful crystal-clear water. Discover everything you need to know to camp at Dam Site Lake Campground, located right on the shores of Beaver Lake, one of Arkansas’ best lake recreation destinations.

Tent camping at Dam Site Lake Park along Beaver Lake

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Dam Site Lake Park Campground Review

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages the Dam Site Lake Park Campground. It is located on an island (or peninsula) surrounded by Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains.

Along with camping, Beaver Lake is a great place for water sport activities, including swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, and our favorite, stand-up paddleboarding.

You can also check out the Beaver Dam overlook. If you’d like to get in some hiking, by the Beaver Dam overlook, there is a trail to hike up the mountain for views of Beaver Lake and the Ozark Mountains. The trail is located near the Beaver Dam overlook restrooms – you’ll see wooden stairs going up the hill.

We are sharing all the details with you for some of the best camping at Beaver Lake, Arkansas – continue reading!

How Much Does It Cost to Camp at Dam Site Lake Park?

In 2021, costs per night are:

  • $22 Standard Electric 30 Amp (same for tent sites)
  • $24 Standard Electric 50 Amp

Be sure to review costs while booking on recreation.gov. Depending on the campsite you select, fees are between $22-29.

You can make reservations ahead of time at recreation.gov, which we highly recommend!

This campground books up fast, especially in the summertime months.

Campsite on the shores of Beaver Lake

Dam Site Lake Park Camping Details

Dam Site Lake Park is tent and RV-friendly. It is an immaculate campground with beautiful spots to camp on the shore of Beaver Lake.

  • Reservations: there are a couple of first come, first serve campsites, but you’ll want to make reservations on recreation.gov to be sure to get a spot.
  • Campsites: Yes, designated campsites
  • Water: Yes, available
  • Electricity: Yes
  • Restrooms: Yes, bathrooms on the peninsula are well kept and the showers have hot water
  • Toilets: Yes, flushing toilets and toilet paper provided
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
  • Wood for campfires available: None, bring firewood
  • Time restrictions for stay: Yes, no more than 14 consecutive days allowed

Some campsites have covers over the picnic tables, and some do not. Every campsite has a fire ring and picnic table.

Dam Site Lake Campground Map

How to Get to Dam Site Lake Campground

From Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Dam Site Lake Park Campground is about 30 minutes west via US-62 and AR-187.

There is reasonably decent cell phone reception in the area, and you should be able to map your directions with Google maps from wherever you are coming from. Be sure to go to Dam Site Lake Park Campground.

If you are coming from the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, you might enjoy our 2-Day Road Trip Guide from Tulsa to Northwest Arkansas. Yay, Tulsa!

Beaver Lake Arkansas Camping – Are Campfires Allowed?

Yes, campfires are allowed at the campground. Be sure to bring firewood as there is none to collect in the area.

Is There Cell Phone Reception at Dam Site Lake Park?

Yes, there is good cell phone reception at the campground. This is great for digital nomads!

Stand-up Paddle Boarding at Beaver Lake

One of the best parts about camping at Dam Site Lake Park is shoreline camping and being so close to the water!

While camping on the shore of Beaver Lake, you can quickly launch your watercraft of choice right from your campsite!

Launching SUPs right from the campsite

This is one of the reasons we love camping here so much! Beaver Lake island camping is awesome!

We love to stand-up paddleboard! Especially in the morning before the afternoon winds pick up. The water is crystal clear and gorgeous!

What is the Best Time of Year to Camp at Dam Site Lake Park?

The best time of year to camp here is April through the end of October. We love camping in the fall. It is not too hot, and you get to enjoy the incredible fall foliage.

Summers are hot and humid, but the water offers a cool reprieve!

What Should I Pack for Camping at Dam Site Lake Park?

You will want to pack all of your creature comforts. There are no stores here. Eureka Springs is roughly 30 minutes away.

Below are a few of our favorite items to pack for an epic lake camping trip.

Get Gear!

Hanging out around the campfire

SOG Hatchet

Yeti Cooler

Helinox Camp Chairs

Stand-up Paddleboarding

Badfish SUP

You might also be interested in more of our camping articles to help you plan in detail what to take car camping.

We hope you have a wonderful trip to one of the best lake camping spots in Arkansas!

Thanks for reading.

Ashlee & Pablo

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top photo: tent camping on the shore of Beaver Lake, Arkansas, middle photo: campfire, bottom photo: view of Beaver Lake

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About The Author

Ashlee Fechino

I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!


  1. Burt Randall | 24th Apr 21

    This looks fun to camp !!…and to swim…

    • Ashlee Fechino | 25th Apr 21

      Hi Uncle Burt! Thanks for reading. We love Dam Site Lake Park Campground in Arkansas!

  2. Cristina Sala | 26th Apr 21

    Hola Ashlee que bueno acampar en el BEAVER LAKE en Arkansas.
    Tanto para hacer deportes acuaticos como para hacer camping y caminatas..
    Ya es la epoca para haceerlo.
    Muy buenas las fotos.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 28th Apr 21

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por leer y comentar 🙂

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