Lake Monticello is a 1,520-acre lake that is rapidly gaining a reputation as a trophy bass lake. The man-made, city owned lake is located a few miles northeast of the city. Built as a multipurpose recreational lake which opened in 1997, Lake Monticello provides quality fishing and boating entertainment. As an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission managed lake, it provides a large variety of fish with an emphasis on large mouth bass which exceed the ten-pound limit. Picnic areas, concrete boat ramps, an on-site bow range, and a radio controlled airplane landing strip are nestled along the shores of this pristine landscape.
Two main entry points provide easy access to lake amenities. The West entry, located approximately 6 miles northwest on Arkansas Highway 35, sports a boat launch, covered picnic areas, and a radio controlled airplane runway and pavilion. This entry is also the open side of the lake affording access for water sports. The East entry is approximately 3 miles from the city on Arkansas Highway 35. This entry provides a boat launching ramp, a fishing pier, Harold West Park with a covered pavilion, covered picnic tables, and a children's playground.
Lake Monticello provides more than sport fishing and recreational boating. It is also a great place to take in nature's abundant beauty. Visitors will observe large groups of migrating fowl, as well as the residential deer which populate the area. From time to time, an eagle or two can be spotted around the lake area.