Whisper’s Bait & Tackle

We are a local bait shop serving Mount Ida, including Hwy 27 and Hwy 298 along with Lake Ouachita. We try to stay competitive in our pricing so we can all get outdoors for recreation. We have an assortment of live bait, as well as unique fishing lures created by a local artist.

Whisper's Bait & Tackle

4533 Hwy 27 North
Story, AR 71970 United States


Montgomery County Master Gardeners

A division of the University of Arkansas Agricultural Department, this organization provides education and information to the community about gardening, and volunteering.  Community projects include the Montgomery County Courthouse grounds, Montgomery County Nursing Home, Tasty Acres, and the Caddo Gap “Indian Monument”.

The Master Gardeners meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10:00am (Annex Bldg., 117 Ray Dr.).   These meetings are open to the public and feature a speaker and refreshments.

Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Service Annex Building

117 Ray Drive
Mount Ida, AR 71957 


Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

Making Magic Memories for a lifetime

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas and offers the state’s only theme park, water park and concert amphitheater in one location for one low price. Get admission to all three ways to play with any general admission ticket or Season Pass



Magic Springs Theme and Water Park

1701 E Grand Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901 


Lake Ouachita Shores Resort, Inc.

Lake Ouachita Shores is one of the most beautifully located resorts on Lake Ouachita (Wash-i-ta) and is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. It is one of the cleanest lakes in the nation, over 30 miles long, and has a surface area of 40,000 acres. Excellent for fishing (many varieties), swimming, boating, diving, hiking and relaxing. We are only 25 miles (30 min.) from Hot Springs on Hwy 270 West and just 10 min. from Mount Ida, the “Quartz Crystal Capitol of the World.”


Lake Ouachita Shores Resort

359 Ouachita Shores Pkwy
Mount Ida, AR 71957 


Bluebell Cafe’ & Country Store

The best of both worlds come together at the Blue Bell where you can find real home-style meals, tasty sandwiches,  or come in on a Friday for catfish, coleslaw, and hush puppies.  There is something for everyone…Shop in the gift store area featuring great gifts and products from local artisans, or enjoy one of Blue Bell’s famous burgers and other good eats.

Join in the Saturday Night jam sessions from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  Bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, dobro or even that recorder you tried to learn how to play in band!  Or just come and enjoy the great atmosphere and good company!

Bluebell Cafe and Gift Store

8 Highway 298 East
Story , AR 71970 


Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

Great place for the whole family, where everyone is welcome and guaranteed to find crystals.

Wegner Crystal Ranch is 218 acres of nature’s beauty surrounded on four sides by the Ouachita Mountains. Spring water feeds our streams and ponds encouraging wildlife. The stone columns a tour gate are built with our quartz crystal. On this ranch we dig, buy, and sell crystals and we invite you to participate. Our warehouse is four floors with over 10,000 sq. ft. of crystals from our mines as well as minerals mined in the United States and imported from around the world. It is surrounded outside by acres of crystals stockpiled for the future. Browse to your hearts content.

But many want to dig their own crystals; it is a special experience. We offer a variety of options, attuned to the ability and interests of different “miners.” So consider Wegner’s as an amazing crystal museum, an opportunity to buy, or fulfillment of your desire to dig. Whatever your preference, please review our website and come on out. Crystal Forest Mine is our most popular activity. This large 40 acre surface mine is regarded highly for its’ abundance of clear crystals that are suitable for jewelry. Quartz Crystal clusters, garden rocks and bigger points are also found here on a regular basis. Collecting at this mine is easy as picking up the crystals exposed on the
surface, especially after a good rain. Or, for those who want a little more challenge and want to try their luck at hard rock mining, there are veins available to you throughout the mine site

Phantom Mine: Guided Adventure
Advance Reservations & Deposit Required
Departure time 8:30 on scheduled days.
Available Tuesdays – Saturdays with required 10 person minimum.
It is home to our world famous Phantom Crystals.
Mine Tailings Collecting Only. $50.00 per person – 4 hours at mine site.

Crystal Forest Mine: Departure times 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30
Two person minimum, $19.00 per person for 2 hours at mine site.
Arrive 30 minutes early for scheduled trips.
Available Tuesdays – Saturdays.
This 40 acre mine produces an abundance of clear quality crystals. Hard rock mining, veins available throughout
the mine site.

Tailings Area: Flat open area filled with tons of quartz regularly to enrich the piles, easy access, drive all
vehicles to the dig area. $10.50 for adults, $6.60 for children 10 & under or senior citizens 62 and older.
Dig all day if you wish.

Gemstone Sluice: 100 ft. long trough, shaded for your comfort. Four grade of pails to choose from.
Collect gemstones from around the world in this activity.

Diamond Experience: Collect 1⁄2 carat plus raw diamonds Guaranteed. $32.00 per pouch.

Gems of the World: $18.00 per pouch collect Amethyst, Emerald, Garnet, Opals and more.

Facebook 4.9 Stars
Trip Advisor 4.5 Stars # 1 Activity in our area
Google 4.6 Stars


Wegner Quartz Crystal Mines

82 Wegner Ranch Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 


Two Spirits Ltd. Canoe Adventures

A canoe trip… a canoe event… an outdoor adventure  on the Ouachita River in Arkansas
At Two Spirits Ltd… we have it all.
All meals, canoes & air conditioned cabins furnished.

We have a river-front tent campground available, with picnic tables ,fire rings and grills.


1167 Puckett Bend Rd.
Mount Ida, AR 71957 US


Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

So you come to dig. We will give you a brief lesson on safety and let you know the places where you can and can’t go.  After all this is a commercial operational crystal mine.  You have to know the do’s and don’t’s of the mine.  If you have trouble getting your eye going on finding crystals we will also show you what to look for and answer any and all of your questions.
There are two picnic tables for you to rest and/or eat your lunch.  Some just use them to sit on and talk to other diggers.  Several friendships have been formed at the mine with people trading email address and business cards.  We even have a honeymoon couple show up on occasions that still come back to the mine for their anniversary.
We do also invite Rock and Mineral Clubs to the mine.  If there are several people in the club we will have extra people come to the mine to help.  These extra miners are to answer questions, and help carry buckets and/or rocks.
Then if you still want more crystal other than what you have found at the mine, we can help there also.  We do sell crystals at a wholesale price clean or dirty.  (We won’t tell anyone if you buy them dirty). 
Please call to schedule an appoitntmet.

Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

288 Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Story, AR 71970 United States


River View Cabins & Canoes

Relax and Enjoy!
The well appointed cabins at RiverView Cabins & Canoes for rent in Arkansas provide everything you need for a picture-perfect getaway vacation.  River-bluff views, of the Ouachita River, Hot Tubs to melt your cares away, and a fireplace to warm your heart. Easy access to the Ouachita National Forest, and close to Hot Springs, Arkansas.

River View Cabins & Canoes

92 W. River View Dr.
Oden, AR 71961