LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – Summer is camping time for legions of Arkansans. And people have many opinions on how to camp and where to camp.
the popular and often crowded campgrounds of state parks and on the big
lakes are first choices. For others, remote sites away from the throngs
Possibilities for the latter group are wildlife management areas and small lakes of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
campsites at these WMAs and lakes are all over the state. They are
do-it-yourself places for camping. The AGFC has small black and white
signs at most of them, "undeveloped campsite." Some are marked with blue
paint on trees. Campers may be more familiar with the term "primitive
"undeveloped" literally. It means no facilities, just a place to pitch a
tent or park a camper. There is one attractive feature at these
"undeveloped" sites – they are free.
have no electricity, with a few exceptions. They have no drinking water
supply. They have no trash receptacles or toilets. No staff is on hand
to answer questions or to give directions.
And this time of the year, you may well be the only campers around.
these WMA and small lake campsites are in scenic area. Just one example
is along Robe Bayou on Sheffield Nelson Dagmar WMA. That is a few miles
northwest of Brinkley in east Arkansas. A string of designated campsites
are along the cypress lined bayou that has several places for launched
canoes, kayaks and small boats.
scouting, always suggested for hunting WMAs, is suggested for finding
one or more campsite possibilities. Visit the area or the lake ahead of
your planned trip. See what is there in the way of designated campsites.
AGFC regulations on most facilities specify that camping can only be at
designated campsites. T
here is a 14-day limit on camping at all AGFC sites.