The park features 60 campsites (23 Class AAA and 37 Class B) and one Rent-An-RV. Within walking distance are picnic sites, hiking trails, a standard pavilion (screened with ceiling fans), launch ramp, swimming beach, and playground. The visitor center's gift shop offers gift items, camping supplies, and snacks. Park interpretive programs include party barge lake tours and guided kayak tours.
Anglers and nature lovers will enjoy this park on the shore of Lake Charles, 645 acres of spring-fed waters in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The lake offers good catches of bass, crappie, bream and catfish.
Lake Charles State Park is located near Pocahontas, Jonesboro
Description: The Butterflies and Blooms Trail meanders through wildflowers and wildlife habitat that changes weekly through the seasons. Wildlife, including birds and butterflies can be viewed along the trail.
CEDAR TRAIL : Length: 1.25 miles : Time: 1-1.5 hours : Difficulty: Easy
Description: The Cedar Trail is a paved trail that extends along a portion of the Lake Charles shoreline. The trail can be accessed from either the picnic area or the campground. This trail provides an excellent opportunity for walking pleasure, wildlife viewing or fishing. Enjoy your walk along the trail but remember, all plants and animals in the park are protected -- please do not disturb them.
WHITE OAK LAKE TRAIL : Length: 1.5 miles : Time: 1.5-2 hours : Difficulty: Easy
Description: This 1.5 mile loop trail meanders across intermittent streams and along the lake shoreline. Wear sturdy shoes and carry drinking water in warm weather. This trail winds through a natural area, but it will only remain this way if we "take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints."
Location: Eight miles northwest of Hoxie on U.S. 63, then 6 miles south on Hwy. 25