Lake Hamilton is 18.5 miles long and covers 7200 acres. It offers lots of areas to fish, boat, waterski and swim with warm waters throughout the summer. It sits along the Quachita river in between lakes Ouachita and Catherine. Originally home to Al Capone in the 1950's the Hot Springs area has developed into one of the most popular vacation destinations in the south.
About Hot Springs
Lake Ouachita, the second cleanest lake in the United States, sits next to Lake Hamilton and offers numerous activities. The official site offers a lot of helpful information on the area.
DeGray Lake, about 20 miles south of the Lake Home, is a large (13,800 acres) lake popular for boating, fishing and water sports.
Lake Hamilton, Ouachita and Catherine all offer good year-round fishing. Lake Hamilton is home to the Lake Hamilton Fishery which breeds 3 million fingerlings annually. The range of fish includes scrappy redear, green and longear sunfish; black, spotted, white and smallmouth basses; black and white crappie; flathead, blue, channel, and bullhead catfish; walleye and chain pickerel. Rainbow trout are also stocked in both Lake Hamilton and Catherine. Bass fishing in Hamilton and Ouachita is popular in the summer, while forage fish and bass is popular in the winter on Lake Catherine.
The Oaklawn Jockey Club race season runs from mid-January through mid-April each year. The Lake Home is located conveniently down Central Ave. for easy access to the races.
There are numerous golf courses in the area including a few award winning/championship courses nearby.
The Garvan Woodland Gardens are situated on Lake Hamilton and manicured by the University of Arkansas. The Holiday Lights (don't miss!) run from around Thanksgiving until the end of the year but you can't go wrong whenever you visit as the gardens are magnificent.
About a 15 minute drive from our house on Lake Hamilton, Magic Springs and Crystal Falls has plenty of fun activities for the kids. The water park is top of the line and covers the whole range from toddlers to teens. And the amusement rides are not for the feint of heart. It's a lot of fun!
There are numerous bike routes nearby located in Ouachita National Forest and Hot Springs National Park.
The Hot Springs Health & Fitness Club is located just around the corner (2 minutes walk from the house). Voted one of the top three health clubs in Arkansas, Hot Springs Health & Fitness' 60,000-square-foot facility features one of the largest weight and cardio areas in the state.
The Hot Springs National Park, which was created back in 1832, is nicknamed The American Spa. Only a short drive away, entrance to the park is free.
The historic township of Hot Springs offers all kinds of boutique stores along with an array of antique stores. A rundown of many of these stores can be found on the official Hot Springs site.
There are numerous restaurants on Lake Hamilton that can be accessed by boat or by car. There are also plenty of restaurants along Central Ave (close by) and up the road in the city of Hot Springs. Here's a local resource you can use.
We've tried a bunch of different restaurants in the area and recommend the following (keep in mind we shoot for good food in a casual environment):
CoffeeCoffee Love has great espressos and is just around the corner. Try a Mexican Mocha - you won't be disappointed.