Lake Fayetteville

COVID-19 Update

Update: May 26

Signs are posted with social distancing guidelines and spacing markers that should be amintained on docks and in the bait shop. Customers should wear face coverings in the bait shop. Sneeze guards are installed at public counters, and hand sanitizer is available for public use. Staff and contractors must wear face coverings when working with customers. The bait shop will admit only one person at a time. Symptomatic persons will not be admitted to the bait shop. Additionally, the City will continue its waiver of fishing permit fees for City lakes until further notice.

Please note public restrooms remain closed until further notice.

Welcome to Lake Fayetteville!

Lake Fayetteville comprises 458 acres of land and 194 acres of water. The lake is a fisherman's dream and offers an abundance of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts. There are several components of Lake Fayetteville, including the North Shore Park and disc golf course, Veterans Memorial Park, a Boat Dock and Marina, Lake Fayetteville Softball Complex, boat and bike rentals, and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. There is also a 5.5-mile nature trail around the lake, as well as 4.3 miles of hard surface multi-use trail that also circles the lake.

Lake Fayetteville Bike Map


Lake History


Bonds were issued to construct the lake in 1948 as a source of drinking water, and the project was completed in 1949. The lake was named Lake Fayetteville in 1950. In 1959, the Beaver Water District was established by Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, and Bentonville to provide the cities with treated water from Beaver Lake. Since then, Lake Fayetteville has been utilized for recreational purposes.


Lake Regulations


Fishing and boating permits are required for Lake Fayetteville and Lake Sequoyah and should be purchased at the Boat House/Lake Office prior to accessing the lake. There is no permit requirement for Lake Wilson or other Park areas containing fishable waters. Lake Fayetteville, like all City lakes, is a "No Wake Lake," meaning that boats are not allowed to go above idle speed. This makes it a safe atmosphere to paddle around and relax on the water. 

BoatingA boating permit for each boat must be purchased before its use on Lake Fayetteville or Lake Sequoyah. All state laws governing boats apply.

FishingAll fishing shall be done only from the bank or boat. No wading, swimming, or belly boats shall be permitted in all City Lakes. All AG&F regulations apply and licenses are required.

A complete list of fees for Annual or Daily Lake Recreation Permits can be viewed here


Boat and Bike Rentals


Lake Fayetteville Boat and Bike Rentals, located on the north side of the lake at the dam site, offers everyone a way to get out on the trails and water. If you're looking to hit the trails, check out our selection of trail bikes, mountain bikes and ElliptiGo bikes. We also have Wee Hoo trailers for the kiddos to be active and pedal while being pulled along by an adult. All non-motorized boats & bikes are rented on a first come first serve basis. Click here to learn more about bike rental options


If you want to get on the water, you can rent kayaks, canoes, pedal boats, small fishing boats, and pontoon boats. Fishing poles and equipment are also available for rent or sale.  Click here to learn more about boat rental


Lake Fayetteville boat and bike location