General Information

Lake Ouachita

Montgomery County, Arkansas, formed on December 9, 1842, was named for Gen. Richard Montgomery, a hero of the American Revolution. The county was once the hunting grounds of the Caddo Indians. The county seat is Mount Ida. Landscape of the county is long, narrow ridges of folded rock, large fertile valleys, and mountains (Ouachita) covered with oak and pine timber. Montgomery County’s natural resources and its rugged beauty are its livelihood.Sixty-three percent of the county is national forest land with the federal government being a stable employer. Cattle, swine and poultry production, along with mining and tourism makes up the economy. The Ouachita Mountain range of Arkansas is one of only three known areas in the world to have enough high quality quartz crystal to warrant mining.

Each year Montgomery County has an annual Quartz Crystal Festival and Crystal Dig, and  hosts a “Good Ol’ Days” festival each May. More information about these events can be found at the Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce’s web site

Montgomery County also contains a magnificent lake, Lake Ouachita, Arkansas’ largest. Lake Ouachita  is popular because of its’ clear water, fishing and many other water sports.

Mount Ida is known as the  “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World ”  because of the abundance of the stone which can be purchased at roadside shops or dug for in private mines through out the county. The city of Mount Ida, the county seat of Montgomery County, is located approximately 35 miles west of Hot Springs on Highway 270 East.

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  1. Looking for a great place to retire? Try us on for size. Mount Ida, Arkansas and Montgomery County have many different activities for retirees. If you are into fishing, boating or water skiing, you will enjoy beautiful Lake Ouachita. Lake Ouachita is a wilderness lake of over 49,000 acres with approximately 690 miles of shoreline. Many of our residents also enjoy the health benefits and the joy of digging for Quartz Crystals in the Ouachita Mountains. Residents and visitors of Montgomery County also love the many hiking and biking trails in the Ouachita National Forest. If you’re looking for outdoor fun during your retirement, come to Montgomery County, Arkansas.

  2. We came for crystals and found so much more! The Arkansas area we stayed in was beautiful and rich with character. We spent most of our time in the Montgomery County area around Mt. Ida and enjoyed it immensely! We have a recommendation for y’all… the Arkansas ‘Official State Bird’ is the Mockingbird and the ‘Official State Flower’ is the Apple Blossom. Consider this for your Official State Sign… “Bridge May Be Icy When Cold” 😀
    Thanks to all for a WONDERFUL, MEMORABLE TIME…we WILL be back!

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