Lost Bridge South Campground in Arkansas


Lost Bridge South Campground sits on the shores of Beaver Lake in the Ozark Mountains of NW Arkansas. The campground offers large and spacious campsites. Most of the lakeside campsites are sunny but have a shelter over the picnic table, and offer electrical hookups. Sites further uphill from the lake are mostly shady, and also offer water hookups.

I believe there’s something like 36 campsites at Lost Bridge South Campground and all have fire rings or bbq grills, and a picnic table. The campground also has flush toilets and showers. Activities at Lost Bridge South Campground, mostly revolve around water sports, including fishing, boating, swimming, scuba diving, and water skiing. Other activities include spelunking sightseeing, picnicking, hiking, and nature observation.

Lost Bridge South Campground, hiking trail

There is no dump station at Lost Bridge South Campground, but there is one a few miles north at Lost Bridge North Campground. There is also no drive up water refill hydrant, but there are a few hydrants for day use. Since our site didn’t have water, I used the one next to the bathrooms to refill.

Lost Bridge South Campground, site #18

We had site #18. Due to recent heavy rains, our site was only several feet from the water. It was pretty nice, until the lightning storm rolled in that evening. Being the tall object, on a lake, during a lightning storm, is never a good thing.

It was totally dark, but I just couldn’t get a descent picture of the lightning storm.
Morning came bright and cheery.

Lost Bridge South Campground is located 5 miles SE of Garfield, Arkansas, on State Highway 127. Latitude 36° 23′ 49.6900″ N, Longitude 93° 54′ 14.8000″ W


As dusk approached, the band set forth to make camp, and our hero immediately proceeded to perform the ritual backup dance. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this sacred ritual, known simply as “the Backup Dance”, let me explain.

Upon arriving at their chosen campsite, the hero will announce, “Here we are.” At this time, the fair maiden must depart from his side, stand a few dozen feet behind him, and begin making wild and exaggerated gestures to lure the male into her desired nest-site. The male will, naturally, completely ignore her, and try to force his noble steed to walk backwards into the campsite with the solemn intent of trampling objects and/or people, as quickly as possible.

The female must never laugh. And, it is also inappropriate for bystanders to observe the ritual dance, no matter how entertaining it appears. Doing so may disturb the male, and cause him to fail in exciting the female.

Successfully trampling objects and/or backing his steed into a tree, on the other hand, will evoke the desired response of exciting the female, and she will respond with intense gestures and with loud and somewhat unintelligible shrieks.

Our hero, despite all his mortal shortcomings, is a master of the Backup Dance.

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