Located 12 miles north of Clarksville, the 98-acre Horsehead Lake is situated in the heart of the Ozarks. Although home to several species of sport fish, the lake is primarily recognized for its superior catfishing. Horsehead Lake is cooperatively managed by the USDA Forest Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and provides both primitive and developed camping areas, bathroom facilities, a swim beach, play-ground and picnic area, most of which are fully accessible. Campgrounds accommodate trailers up to 30 feet in length, but no special amenities are available. Arkansas Game and Fish Commission primitive camping and boat launch are across the lake from the developed campground and day use area, and signs direct visitors to that area. There is not a wake limitation on the lake, yet visitors are encouraged to operate smaller motors or trolling motors. 10 family unit campsites. 12 family unit picnic areas.
We stayed at Horsehead Lake Campground on a road trip cross-country a few weeks ago, and were impressed with both the camping facilities and the day use ones as well. The camping grounds had nice tent pads, fire pits and grills, picnic tables, and vault toilets. The area was surrounded by trees, but there was little privacy between campgrounds. We went on a weekend in May, and it was not crowded at all, just a few other families. It is a little pricey ($10 for camping) since there are only vault toilets in the camping area, but just through a little path, you get to a playground, nice beach area, and flush toilets with hot showers. Not bad! We took our 2.5-yr-old and baby with us camping, and we were comfortable in the campground and our toddler LOVED the beach area. It was sandy, but you had to wear shoes because there were stickers in the grass. The lake was a little cold in May, but that didn't stop our son from jumping in. I bet it is perfect in June and July. There were boats on the lake fishing, and it seems like they caught quite a bit when they came in. We also met some teenagers who were out kayaking (looked like SO much fun, alas, our kids are too small for that quite yet...)