(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) – As the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait. For those people who love staying at the DeRoche Ridge campground at DeGray Lake Resort State Park, that patience has paid off! After being closed for nearly five years, the campground will reopen for business starting Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

DeRoche Ridge campground was initially closed in the winter of 2015 for renovations. Then, just as it was to re-open in the spring of 2018, DeGray Lake experienced record-setting flooding. This historic high-water event caused the newly renovated campground to close again for repairs. Now, after two years of hard work, this picturesque DeRoche Ridge campground is ready for visitors.

“Access to nature and the out-of-doors is more important now than ever before,” said Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism Secretary Stacy Hurst. “With so many adults working from home and kids attending school online, getting outside is a welcome respite from spending too much time indoors. We are very excited to be able to reopen the DeRoche Ridge campground and offer our visitors some much-needed fresh air in a beautiful setting.”

 DeRoche Ridge campground includes 25 class AAA sites with water, 50/30/20-amp electric, and sewer. The campground also includes 6 class D walk-in tent sites, with shared water services.

“DeRoche Ridge campground offers a unique experience,” said Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann. “It’s located on a peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the crystal-clear water of DeGray Lake. The area has been completely renovated and the campground has full-service amenities and walk-in campsites. DeRoche Ridge campground has been a very popular destination for DeGray Lake Resort State Park campers for many years and we are eager to reopen some of the most scenic campsites in Arkansas.” 

Visit ArkansasStateParks.com and click the Book Online button at the top of the page to make a reservation for this and other Arkansas State Parks facilities. 

About Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. The system includes 1,100 buildings (including 183 historic structures), six National Historic Landmarks, a National Natural Landmark, 16 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, and War Memorial Stadium.

The state parks have 1,800 campsites, 1,050 picnic sites, 208 cabins, five lodges, and 415 miles of trails. Eight million visitors annually come from all regions of the country. Park staffs provide over 42,000 education programs, activities, and special events to more than 700,000 participants each year.

Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism, and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more about everything we have to offer. 

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