Following a public meeting held on Wednesday, April 15 in Little Rock, Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioners concluded the proposed boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend is a no go.
“The AGFC Property Management Committee supported the staff recommendation to defer the proposed Crown Lake – Fisherman’s Park boat ramp project and deauthorize the funds previously obligated to the Crown Lake – Box Hound Marina boat ramp project,” said Jeremy Risley, District 2 Fisheries Supervisor in Mountain Home.
“On Thursday, April 16, the Commission passed a minute order that formally deauthorized the money previously obligated toward the Box Hound Marina boat ramp project in the amount of $112,600. This action officially defers the Fisherman’s Park project,” he said.
This was the second public meeting held by the AGFC on the proposed public boat launch in Horseshoe Bend. On March 24, about 200 people attended a meeting held by the commission at the Horseshoe Bend Theater in hopes to give residents and non-residents a voice in the issue. According to AGFC, approximately 70% of the input they have received has been negative on placing a boat launch at Fisherman’s Park.
“Should access become an issue at Crown Lake in the future and there is community support, we can certainly revisit that need,” said Risley.
Property owners may still utilize the boat launch on Crown Lake at Box Hound Marina at no charge.
Non-property owners pay $5 to utilize the launch.

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PROPOSED PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCH: The Municipal Recreation Improvement District (MRID) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are discussing a proposed public boat launch at Fisherman’s Park on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend. According to AGFC Regional Maintenance Contract Coordinator Mike Cantrell, the preliminary proposal will include vehicle and trailer parking, a boarding dock and launch ramp. If the proposal is approved, this will become public access to Crown Lake. Some residents have questioned the increase in vehicle and boat traffic, possible increase in theft and noise, and possible decrease in property value. According to Cantrell, a previous proposal with Box Hound Marina “is at an end pass, and done.” Box Hound Marina has recently resurfaced their boat launch which is free to use by property owners. MRID has included discussion of the proposed launch in their public meeting agenda for January 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the MRID building located atop Turkey Mountain.