The DeGray Lake campus of the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches is located on a former US Corps of Engineers campground in Clark County near Amity, which is about 25 miles south of Hot Springs. The campus is situated on a 230.5 acre peninsula where the Caddo River empties into beautiful Lake DeGray. It is a gorgeous, peaceful environment.
This campus offers lodging in two family-size cottages as well as a lodge that can accommodate up to 40 guests for retreats and large family gatherings. These comfortable accommodations are located just steps away from the lake, and a boat ramp offers easy access to the water. Also on this campus, the Walter S. Morris Chapel overlooks Lake DeGray from high upon a bluff. This beautiful chapel’s picturesque view of the lake makes it the perfect location for weddings and retreats.
Named in honor of the Olds Sisters whose generous giving funded the construction of this cottage, Olds Cottage was home to more than 50 children in need.
From the bluff overlooking Lake DeGray, Morris Chapel is a unique venue for weddings and retreats of up to 50 guests. Named in memory of Walter Morris, this gorgeous chapel’s picturesque view of the lake provides a scenic, natural backdrop, like no other in Arkansas.
Combine the chapel with lodging and event space at the Troy Tucker Guest Lodge, and you have the perfect location for a wedding ceremony, rehearsal dinner and reception. It is also a great place to schedule a corporate retreat. Morris Chapel is also home to the Eutha Olds Library and the Jane Ross Education Center.
Tucker Guest Lodge
The Troy D. Tucker Guest Lodge is the perfect venue for group gatherings on the lake. The large bunk rooms on each side of the lodge sleep up to 15 each. The lodge also includes two chaperone suites with private bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, and wide open great room with seating for up to 40 guests.
The Governor’s Mansion
After renovations were complete on the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock by Governor Mike and First Lady Janet Huckabee, this cottage was donated to the DeGray Lake campus by the State of Arkansas. In their honor, the cottage has been affectionately named the Governor’s Mansion. This three bedroom, two bath cottage on the lake is a great getaway for families!
Location and Directions
35 Youth Ranch Loop Amity, AR 71921
From Little Rock (West on I-30)
Take exit I30 at Social Hill. Stay on Highway 84 through Bismark. Go through Point Cedar continue to follow Highway 84 to the intersection with Highway 346 (approximately 17 miles). Turn left onto 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches, Inc. campus.
From Hot Springs (South on Highway 7)
Take Highway 7 south to Bismark. Turn right onto Highway 84. Go through Point Cedar, continuing to follow Highway 84 to its intersection with Highway 346. Turn left onto Highway 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to campus.
From Arkadelphia or Mena (West on Highway 8)
Take Highway 8 and travel 25 miles to Amity. On the square in Amity, turn right on Highway 84, traveling north. Take Highway 84 to its intersection with Highway 346 (5 miles). Turn right on Highway 346 and follow signs 2.2 miles to Cox Creek turnoff. Turn left on road that will lead to campus. Turn left on road that will lead to campus.