Nestled next to a National Park and with three sprawling lakes to choose from, Hot Springs is definitely a dream come true for area outdoorsmen.  Don’t believe us?  Check out the 45-pound fish that was caught on Lake Hamilton recently!  Whether you’re looking to catch the big one or simply relax on the lake, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you start planning your trip.

Lakeside Lodging

Young’s RV Resort

1601 Lakeshore Drive

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (800) 470-7875

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you’re looking to spend time on the lake as well as area attractions, Young’s RV Resort is positioned nicely to enjoy all of the sites.  The RV Resort offers 50 amp service with sewer and water, pull-through RV sites, private Lake Hamilton boat ramp, cable television, free wi-fi, in-resort propane service and a new community barbecue pit.


Sunbay Resort

5430 Central Avenue

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 525-4691 or (899) 468-0055

Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

             Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

             Sat. – Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For the fishermean searching for all the modern amenities - restaurant, pool, and a full service health club - Sunbay has you covered.  Not to mention the boat docks and ramp that make your days fishing on Lake Hamilton easy a breeze from start to finish.

“Sunbay Resort offers studio and one or two bedroom fully furnished, privately owned condominiums for nightly rentals. Resort amenities include boat docks, an outdoor heated pool (open year round), indoor sauna and a 10’ by 20’ indoor whirlpool, restaurant, hair salon, Joyce Bennett Massage, playground, charcoal grills and free Wi-Fi. Guests also have access to the Hot Springs Athletic Club, a full-service health club that features Nautilus equipment, an indoor/outdoor pool, two racquetball courts, two tennis courts, saunas and whirlpools.”


Knollwood Lodge

130 Knollwood Lodge

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 767-9231

Knollwood Lodge was built in the 1940s and 1950s as a fishing camp - so as you might belive it is the perfect hideaway for any fisherman. Their private boat ramp is right on property making those early morning outings on Lake Hamilton easy and enjoyable. 

  Barge fishing

Bait Shops


Atchley’s Outpost

5430 Central Avenue

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 525-3651

Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Located on Central Avenue (near South Shore Lake Resort) by Lake Hamilton, Atchley’s Outpost carries a complete line of fishing supplies including live bait, with a deli, snacks, and gas for your convenience as well.  Atchley’s also carries firearms and ammunition.


Trader Bill’s Outdoor Sports  

1530 Albert Pike Rd.

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 623-8403

Toll-Free Phone: (866) 664-1518

Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

             Fri. 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

             Sat. 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

             Sun. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

This retail sporting goods store has everything you need for a day on the lake, from bait to boats.  If you’re in the market for RVs, campers, ATVs, or hunting equipment their knowledgeable staff is happy to help!


Boat Ramps & Public Fishing Piers on Lake Hamilton


Hulsey Fish Hatchery Ramp

350 Fish Hatchery Road

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (877) 525-8606

Located off Highway 290, the Fish Hatchery ramp is 60 feet wide by 135 feet long and the parking lot and is also a cleaning station.


Sunnybrook Landing at Carpenter Dam

560 Lakepark Drive

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 321-6871


This ADA accessible location includes a boat launch ramp and fishing pier plus ample parking.


Hill Wheatley Ramp on Highway 70

688 Majestic Lodge Road

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 525-3651

Hours: 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

With a swimming area and hiking trails, the water front boat docks are also located close to portable restrooms, barbecue grills, drinking fountains and an unlit pavilion.


Boat Ramps & Public Fishing Piers on Lake Catherine


Lake Catherine State Park  

1200 Catherine Park Rd

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 844-4176


Marina Hours:
March 16 –May 21
Sunday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

May 22 – September 7
Sunday – Saturday 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

September 8 – October 31
Sunday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Closed Wed. & Thurs.)

“The park's marina, open in summer only, sells bait and fuel. Rental boats are available throughout the year. The park features a launch ramp, standard pavilion, picnic sites, and playgrounds. Gifts, groceries, snacks and ice are available for sale daily at the visitor center that overlooks the swimming area and nature center (open during the summer only).”


Carpenter Dam Park

301 Powerhouse

Hot Springs, AR  71913

Phone: (501) 321-6871


This ADA accessible location includes a boat launch, courtesy dock, picnic tables, portable toilets, and trails for hiking.

 Man with Bass

2015 Fishing Events


4th Annual $75,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge

Lakes Catherine & Hamilton

May 1 – July 31, 2015

“Big Al is back, and he’s become a bit arrogant after eluding the best lures that anglers have thrown at him in the last three years. He’s worth $10,000 in cool cash to the person who manages to wrangle him to shore beginning May 1 in the Fourth Annual $75,000 Hot Springs Fishing Challenge on Lakes Hamilton and Catherine at Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Oh, and by the way, in addition to $10,000 Big Al there will be 59 other fish worth a total of $65,000 in this year’s Fishing Challenge.”


2015 TBF Junior World Championship

Lake Hamilton

August 20 – 22, 2015

“The Bass Federation (TBF) and Visit Hot Springs are pleased to announce that the will be held in Hot Springs Arkansas during the Forrest Wood Cup Championship week.  Young anglers in the 11-15 year old age group who have qualified as their States Champions from all 47 TBF State Federations as well as Canada will be invited to attend this event, with their families for what promises to be an exciting week of competition and clean family fun. “

The 20th FLW Forrest Wood Cup

Lake Ouachita

August 20 - 23, 2015

Bass fishings richest prize will return to Hot Springs in 2015 with the 20th FLW Forrest Wood Cup!  The fishing will take place on Lake Ouachita and the final weigh in will be at Bank of the Ozarks Arena on Sunday, August 23rd.