The campground in the Storm Creek Lake Recreational Area includes five camper cabins, 11 AAA campsites with water, electricity, and sewers, three walk-in tent campsites with water and electricity, and a family-style bathhouse with four units.
“Storm Creek Lake is a special place to many residents in the Delta. It has been a federal recreational area for more than eight decades,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism.
“The partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Arkansas State Parks began in 1999 when Mississippi River State Park was created within the St. Francis National Forest. This partnership continues to benefit the community in new ways, as well as supporting forest conservation and preservation.”
The inspiration for the design of the five cabins is the shipping containers often seen traveling along the Mississippi River. Large windows and a screen-in porch offer a calming experience, allowing guests a front-row seat to the night sky and forest surrounding the cabins.
The camper cabins have a queen bed, bunk beds, a dining table, air conditioning, an outdoor grill, a fire pit, and a picnic table. The four-unit bathhouse with hot showers, dressing areas, sink, and toilet is just a short distance away.
Camper cabins allow our guests to have an affordable camping experience without having to purchase a lot of camping equipment or be experienced campers,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Shea Lewis.
“This investment in the park is an investment in the community and the further expansion of recreational opportunities available in the Delta. Our hope is that we continue to attract generation after generation and Arkansas State Parks remain etched in our visitors’ memories as an important part of their lives.
Arkansas State Parks originally expanded to the south of St. Francis National Forest in 2015. The campground had, at the time, 14 primitive campsites with a vault toilet and a shared water source near the campground’s entrance.
Renovations began in early 2020. The recreation area on Crowley’s Ridge with a Works Progress Administration (WPA) era lake is now offering guests a modern camping experience and additional outdoor activities.
Arkansas State Parks investing in a new campground will help the park introduce the Storm Creek Lake Recreational Area to a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts,” said Mississippi River State Park Superintendent Kristina Root.
“I am honored to have worked on this project from the beginning and look forward to seeing the joy of patrons new and old, as they experience this unique place.”
The total construction cost for this project was $1,956,608. Thanks to grants through the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council, construction funding was possible.
Visitors can make reservations online or by calling the park at 870-295-4040.
This article originally appeared on Global Travel Media.