Mississippi River State Park is now taking reservations for the newly renovated Storm Creek Lake Campground. The campground, located within the Storm Creek Lake Recreational Area, includes five camper cabins; 11 AAA campsites with electricity, water, and sewer; three walk-in tent campsites with electricity and group water; and a family-style bathhouse with four units.“Storm Creek Lake is a special place to many residents in the Delta. It has been a federal recreational area for more than eight decades,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. “The partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Arkansas State Parks began in 1999 when Mississippi River State Park was created within the St. Francis National Forest.  This partnership continues to benefit the community in new ways, as well as supporting forest conservation and preservation.”
The design inspiration for the five camper cabins is the shipping containers often seen making their journey on the Mississippi River. Large windows and a screened-in porch provide an immersive experience, allowing guests a front-row seat to the night sky and forest surrounding the cabins. The camper cabins have a queen bed and bunk beds, dining table, heating and air conditioning, outdoor grill, fire pit and picnic table. The four-unit bathhouse with hot showers, dressing area, sink and toilet is within eyeshot.
“Camper cabins allow our guests to have an affordable camping experience without having to purchase a lot of camping equipment or be experienced campers,” Arkansas State Parks Director Shea Lewis said. “This investment in the park is an investment in the community and the further expansion of recreational opportunities available in the Delta. Our hope is that we continue to attract generation after generation and Arkansas State Parks remain etched in our visitors’ memories as an important part of their lives.”
Arkansas State Parks originally expanded into the south end of the St. Francis National Forest in 2015. The campground then had 14 primitive campsites, a vault toilet and one shared water source at the campground entrance. Renovations started in early 2020. This recreational area on Crowley’s Ridge with a Works Progress Administration (WPA) era lake now offers visitors a modern camping experience and more outdoor recreation opportunities.
“Arkansas State Parks investing in a new campground will help the park introduce the Storm Creek Lake Recreational Area to a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts,” Mississippi River State Park Superintendent Kristina Root said. “I am honored to have worked on this project from the beginning and look forward to seeing the joy of patrons new and old as they experience this unique place.”
Rowan Construction Services, LLC, of Helena served as general contractor for the project. Pollution Management, Inc. and Wittenberg Delony & Davidson Architects of Little Rock acted as engineering and architecture consultants for project design. The total contracted construction amount for the project was $1,956,608. Funding for construction was made possible by grant awards from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.
Visitors can make reservations online or by calling the park at 870-295-4040.