April 2, 2010
In 1964, construction was completed on the Dardanelle Dam near Russellville (Pope County), creating the 34,300-acre Lake Dardanelle. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was convinced by local and state authorities to allow its recreational area near Russellville to become a state park. Approval was granted, and the park was commissioned in 1966 with 292 acres spread over three locations in Pope County. Today, Lake Dardanelle State Park includes two areas that are leased from the Corps of Engineers163 acres in Russellville and eighty-three acres in Dardanelle (Yell County).