Aux Arc Park is a COE campground on the Ozark Lake and the Arkansas River. The name Aux Arc originated from French explorers, and the term means “the big bend” which supposedly describes the bend in the Arkansas River. The French are well-known for putting weird names all over Arkansas. Over time, clear-thinking people simplified the name to “Ozark,” thus the name for Ozark Lake which extends 36 miles along the Arkansas River.
Aux Arc Park has 88 total campsites, and 3 picnic shelters. Sites have electric, water, a picnic table, fire ring, and grill, Park amenities include flush toilets, warm showers, a boat ramp, dump station, pavilion, and 2 playgrounds. Activities include boating, hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking.
The park is easy to access, and sites are level. Traffic noise from the nearby highway is not noticeable, but is replaced by noise from passing barges and from the train across the lake/river. But don’t fret, these seem to only come through at night.
From Ozark, Arkansas, take SR-23 south for 1.5 miles to SR-309. Turn left and follow signs to the park. DO NOT follow your GPS. It will lead you down a twisting alley to someone’s driveway. Turn onto highway 309. It I’ll lead you straight to the park entrance.
35° 28′ 13.0001″ N 93° 49′ 5.0002″ W