Lake Hamilton - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Lake Hamilton was created in 1932 when the Arkansas Power and Light Co. completed Carpenter Dam on the Ouachita River to generate electricity. Lake Hamilton is located on the southern edge of Hot Springs, Arkansas  The Hamilton shore is lined with condominiums, resorts, motels, restaurants and private homes. Hamilton is 7200 acres and approximately 18 miles long.

Water-skiing, parasailing, pleasure boating and fishing are popular Hot Springs attractions on Lake Hamilton and rentals of watercraft and sport accessories are readily available. Garvan Woodland Gardens is a 210-acre, lakeshore botanical garden accessible by boat from the lake.

Public Boat Ramps on Lake Hamilton:

  • Hulsey Fish Hatchery Ramp off of hwy 290.
    Parking area will accommodate 100 vehicles. The boat ramp is 60 feet wide by 135 feet long.

  • Wheatley Ramp off 70 west:

  • Sunnybrook Landing @ Carpenter Dam on Carpenter Dam Road.

  • Gideon's ramp on Treasure Isle Road right off hiway 270 west, privately owned $2 per launch.

Features around Lake Hamilton Include:

  • Hot Springs National Park

  • Thoroughbred racing, live and simulcast  at Oaklawn Park

  • Magic Springs / Crystal Falls theme and water parks

  • The world famous Hot Springs Bath House Row and many other attractions.

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