East of the town of Bradley, Lake Erling provides fine fishing for bass and other game fish. Year-round tourists and local residents call Lake Erling their home away from home.
Lake Erling is impounded by Lake Erling Dam on the Bodcaw River in Lafayette County, Arkansas and is used for drinking water and recreation purposes. Construction of Lake Erling Dam was completed in 1956. At normal levels it has a surface area of 3.7 square miles. The dam is also known as Percy Cobb Dam. It is property of International Paper Company.
The primary objective of this management area is to provide quality wildlife habitat and public hunting opportunities.
Description: The area consists primarily of intensively managed pine timberlands with hardwood buffers along the major streams.
Access: The area is located east of the Bradley community on Hwy. 29. Several access points are available along Hwy 29 north and south of town and along Hwy 160 east of town.
Lake Erling borders the WMA on the east.
Camping is allowed in designated sites along the North CCC Rd.
Facilities are located in Springhill, LA or Bradley and Magnolia, AR. Bass Haven Restaurant and Lodge
are located on Lake Erling. They have lodging as well as RV hookups and a boat launch.