Millwood Lake is known for its beauty and fishing. Fifteen recreational parks around the lake provide hikers and campers with picnic areas, boat ramps, swimming areas, showers, and restrooms. Millwood is an excellent place to fish, mainly due to its 35,000 acres (14,000 ha) of submerged timber that provide excellent cover for the many varieties of fish in the lake. Millwood has also been known as one of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States. Millwood Lake is located just of Arkansas Highway 32 and nine miles east of Ashdown in southwest Arkansas. It was formed when the state’s longest earthen dam (3.33 miles) was completed across the Little River.
Millwood is a renowned fishing lake and was rank #72 out of the top 100 lakes by Bassmasters in 2015. Spotted, striped, white and largemouth bass along with crappie, bluegills, and catfish can be found in abundance. Boat lanes mark the way through the timbered waters, and there are 5,000 acres of open water near the dam. Every year numerous bass fishing tournaments and fishing derbies are held by local and out-of-state organizations.
The lake and its surrounding environs are also rated one of Arkansas’s best birding locations. As of early 2001, 333 different species had been sighted in the area, including the first-ever Arkansas sightings for at least 15 of them. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project office near the Millwood Dam has wildlife displays and free brochures on such subjects as area birding and hunting.
Located on the lake’s southeast shore, Millwood State Park offers a full service marina and boat dock, 117 campsites, and hiking and biking trails. Corps of Engineers’ recreational areas on the lake offer 230 campsites, picnic areas, boat launching ramps and group picnic shelters available by reservation.