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Beat the heat! Check out Crown Lake Resort’s new Aqua Park



With summer now officially here, the often referred to “dog days” will soon be having us all sweltering with the heat and humidity.  Hitting Piney Creek, Blanchard Springs or a quick dip in the White River have long been used during our lazy days of summer to get a bit of relief.

Well, there is now another option to check out that will not only cool one down, but also get your blood flowing.  The new Aqua Park at Crown Lake Resort in Horseshoe Bend fits the bill and has already been enjoyed by many since opening in late May.

The Park is the largest of its kind in the state and the 20th largest in the country, spanning approximately ¾ of an acre in area.  Included in the unique, floating inflatable structure are 37 different obstacles, with large slippery slide mountains named Rainier, Baker and Hood. . . .after actual mountains located in Washington State.

The Park is moored adjacent to the resort’s swimming beach, extending 190 feet from shore, and is anchored in place with 76 concrete blocks weighing around 900 lbs each.

The cost to have one and a half hours of fun is $25 on site or $20 if purchased online by visiting the resort’s website at  The Aqua Park is open every day from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. throughout the summer.  If you’re on a budget, tickets are half price all day on Tuesdays!

In order to use the park one must, a) be able to swim, and b) must wear a Coast Guard approved life vest provided at the park and included in the cost of admission.  Additionally, participants must sign a waiver and follow the rules provided.  Children age five or under must be accompanied by someone 16 or older, ages 10 – 13 must have a parent or legal guardian present.

The huge inflatable that makes up the Aqua Park structure itself is rated for a max of 175 patrons, however at present only 50 at a time.  Opening of the park has added eight staff members, along with six certified lifeguards, three of which are on duty at all times.

Crown Lake Resort has long been a feature of Horseshoe Bend beginning with 50 condos in 1972, followed by timeshare units in 1981.  Since it’s most recent change in ownership a few years ago the resort has seen the addition of an extensive RV Park, the Safari Mini Golf course and Papa Dick’s restaurant featuring pizza, fantastic calzones and a full selection of adult beverages.

The resort also has modified operations to accommodate overnight and short stay lodging needs, as well as amenities including a fitness center, spa, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, a white sandy beach, a playground, walking trail and pickleball court.

Recently added is a vendors market on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. and live music on Saturday nights during the summer.

If you’re looking for new experiences this summer, there are many to choose from available at Crown Lake Resort.  For more information one may access it via the resort’s website at, via Facebook or by calling 870-291-5171.


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