DescriptionIn east-central Arkansas, St. Francis National Forest covers 22,600 acres at the south end of a 200-mile-long ridge that rises above the surrounding flat farmlands. The forest offers picnicking, camping, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking.
Developed recreation areas are at 625-acre Bear Creek Lake, 8 miles south of Marianna on SR 44, and at 420-acre Storm Creek Lake, 6 miles north of West Helena on SR 44. The Mississippi River State Park visitor center is open daily 8-5; closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Christmas Eve hours are 8-noon. For additional information contact the Forest Supervisor, St. Francis National Forest, 2955 SR 44, Marianna, AR 72360; phone (870) 295-5278, or (870) 295-4040 for the visitor center.