“A New Lake Ouachita Tradition in the Making”

In the South, a really good burger is the hallmark of any great restaurant.  At Jenn’s Specialty Foods, located on Highway 270 just 7 miles east of Mount Ida at Bearce Airport, the burger of your dreams starts with freshly ground…brisket.  Tender, fresh brisket, ground to order and cooked up with juicy goodness and served with the necessities on a spectacular choice of bun.  And the fries…well, they are real French fries, fresh cut and fried twice, the authentic French way, for that distinctive crisp snap of flavor that will make you whip out your appetite and recalibrate your expectations.

Jenn’s Specialty Foods is that perfect hybrid of contemporary food service.  Her restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday- Friday and open on Saturday’s and Sundays for their popular brunches.  But, in the background, staff are prepping Jenn’s most popular items for catering and provisioning in the community and at nearby Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, where Jenn’s catering and fresh, gourmet items are in high demand.


Mount Ida Bearce Airport is a great fly-in spot for lunch!

Located right next to Bearce Airport, Jenn’s has become a popular “fly-in” destination, where pilots and their passengers can land and walk a short, shady pathway up to the restaurant for Jenn’s spectacular lunches and brunches.  Complimentary airport pick- up is also provided by Mountain Harbor Resort for those wanting to experience a little lake time.

Brunch enthusiasts are wowed by her famous Stuffed French Toast, which boasts a citrus, cinnamon cream cheese filling with strawberries and bananas and her savory Eggs Benedict, made from scratch with tempered butter, rich egg yolks, cayenne, freshly ground pepper and lemon.


Jenn’s Belgium Waffles with fresh Strawberries!

In temperate weather, Jenn’s Specialty Foods offers outdoor dining on her intimate patio with herbs and fresh flowers in the planters.  Guests enjoy bringing their pets along, who always enjoy Jenn’s homemade gourmet doggie treats.

Summer hours are 11 am to 2 pm Wednesday through Friday; 9 am – 2 pm for brunch on Saturday and 9 am – 3 pm for brunch on Sunday.


Try the caramel cappuccino – also available in sugar free options!

At Mountain Harbor’s award winning marina, one of the South’s largest inland marinas, hungry families stopping by for fuel and ice can pick up a juicy good Galley Burger, a gourmet dinner to heat up back at the cabin or some really, really serious desserts – like her popular Galley Cookies or Better Than Sex Pie.   Frozen gourmet entrees are available as well!  Bright, attractive display cases are conveniently located by the double doors at the marina patio.

Jenn also keeps her entrees and desserts stocked at the nearby Joplin Store and Valero Gas Station.


For road weary families staying at Mountain Harbor, nothing says “Welcome” quite like arriving to find your unit already provisioned by Jenn.  From the basics like salt and pepper to full course meals, already prepared and the fridge ready for the grill or oven, Jenn’s Specialty Foods provides a full provisioning menu, not only for the rental accommodations at Mountain Harbor, but for boats, condos and homes in the community.  Jenn and her team will work with you to personally customize your provisioning, your menus and your budget!


Anniversary couples, families celebrating birthdays or “Mom’s not cooking this weekend!” are thrilled with the catering options that Jenn provides.  In addition to parties, weddings and corporate events, Jenn is happy to work with couples and families on providing catering for small, intimate events – like an anniversary dinner catered to your deck or boat or a gourmet picnic prepared for you to take out on the lake!  From spicy BBQ ribs to White Lasagna or Osso Bucco, Jenn can fulfill that wild craving for the perfect lake food.

Jenn’s Specialty Foods Catering menu 

Whether you are looking for a charming, local lunch experience; a catered event to celebrate a lifetime milestone; the tasty convenience of specialty provisioning or just a really great burger or cappuccino (make mine caramel, please!); you will love Jenn’s Specialty Foods!  Call them today at 870-867-0113 or check out their menus at www.mountainharborresort.com/dining/jennsspecialtyfoods.





A Love Story 50 Years in the Making

It was April of 1965 when a young couple, newly married from Oklahoma, and on their way to Hot Springs for their honeymoon, saw an intriguing sign on the highway advertising the entrance to Mountain Harbor Resort.

Robert Bennett turned to his new wife, Reba, and asked her if she’d like to see what was at the end.  Turning onto the gravel road, the couple found their way to Mountain Harbor Resort.

Arriving at the resort, they met Hal Barnes, the owner and father of the current owner, Bill Barnes.  Hal graciously welcomed the couple but explained that they could only stay through Thursday evening as the resort was full for the weekend with a fishing tournament.  The Bennetts stayed for three nights and fell in love with the rustic beauty of Lake Ouachita and the surrounding area.  Reba Bennett carefully packed away their registration card, a brochure, matchbox and postcard from Mountain Harbor and placed the items carefully in her wedding album.


Twenty five years later, in 1990, a receptionist at Mountain Harbor Resort received an odd phone call.  The chipper caller on the end of the line quipped “I have a registration card from 1965 with a $12 per night rate.  If I bring it with me….can I pay $12 a night again?”  She went on to tell the story of their honeymoon at Harbor in 1965.


While the couple didn’t quite get that $12 rate in 1990, they did receive a generous upgrade to one of the resort’s nicest new condominiums.  They were amazed at all the growth and changes, especially in the number and size of trees all around the resort.  And, they met Hal’s son, Bill, now owner of the resort after his father’s passing in 1989, although Bill had been managing the resort since the early 70’s.

Spring forward to April of 2015.  Another phone call to Mountain Harbor from the Bennetts – now ready to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary at the site of their honeymoon.  And this time, the Bennetts came bringing priceless gifts – souvenirs from that very first trip.  And the resort had a wonderful surprise in the works for the couple – an upgrade to a cozy Harbor North cottage….and a special $12 per night rate!

In a warm, happy reunion between Bill Barnes and Robert and Reba Bennett, the couple presented Bill with a four color Mountain Harbor brochure from 1965 featuring a then 17 year old “Billy” with his brother Johnny in front of the Lodge fireplace.  They also presented Bill with a copy of their original registration card from 1965 and clippings from their hometown newspaper of their wedding.  Then they brought out the registration card from their 25th anniversary also at Mountain Harbor and a photo taken with Bill in the Lodge Restaurant.  They had also saved brochures, a matchbox and even a resort flier from their 1990’s visit.

The Bennetts and Bill Barnes shared a lovely hour on the deck of their lakeside cottage, reliving memories and hearing about each other’s families and the resort’s plans for the future.

Afterwards,  they took another picture re-enacting the photo from 1990 for the Bennetts to take home in the little wedding album Reba has treasured for fifty years.

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“Having had the opportunity to spend most of my life living and working at Mountain Harbor has been a great privilege for me”, Bill Barnes, stated, “But, by far, my greatest privilege has been the opportunity to meet and serve wonderful guests like the Bennetts and to see how the beauty and hospitality of our resort has affected the lives of those we have the pleasure of serving”.

And….we could’t help but fall in love with the sentiment we found printed on the match box from 1965 – “We treat you like a friend”.  We are so grateful to all of our Harbor friends!

we treat you like a friend



The pristine, clear, blue, wilderness waters of Lake Ouachita are legendary for fishing.  From scrappy bream that all but leap onto your line to the challenging bass and heart-thumping stripers, thousands of fishermen every year flock to the waters of Lake Ouachita for an exciting day of testing their skills against the denizens of the lake.

But….what if you aren’t an experienced fisherman – or woman- or you don’t feel like dragging a boat along with your family? Longing to share the fishing experience with your kids and immerse them in the lore of chasing after the big ones?  The professional fishing guides of Harbor can give you the experience you’re craving with the warmth and friendliness that have made our guides family favorites for years!

Our professional fishing guides have fully equipped bass boats and ready, eager smiles.  They love sharing their favorite “hidey holes” with their customers and when the day is through and they are preparing your fish to be sent up to the Lodge for a big fish fry, you’ll feel that you are truly part of our Harbor family.  They love working with families and building lasting memories.

Our great guides, Chris Darby, Jerry Bean and Mike Wurm offer half day and full day guided trips.  They are experienced in all types of fishing and have spent their lives on the lake, learning her secrets and refining their skills.

Guys Fishing Photo

Chris Darby, who also works as the Assistant Food and Beverage Director at Harbor, was recently recognized by Arkansas Wild Magazine as one of the Fab Five of Arkansas Fishing Guides.  We are very proud of Chris and the professionalism and passion he brings to the table.

To reserve a fishing guide trip or just chat with a guide, call any of these numbers:

Fishing Guide, Jerry Bean
(501) 282-6104

Fishing Guide, Chris Darby
(870) 867-7822Fishing Guide, Mike Wurm
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Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita Invites You to Harbor for the Holidays!

The beautifully decorated Lodge is the heart of the Holidays at Harbor.

The beautifully decorated Lodge is the heart of the Holidays at Harbor.

It’s Harbor for the Holidays at Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouachita!


The day after Thanksgiving every year, Harbor hosts a huge Christmas lighting event with holiday treats, live music, fun activities including hay rides and a visit from Santa!

The day after Thanksgiving every year, Harbor hosts a huge Christmas lighting event with holiday treats, live music, fun activities including hay rides and a visit from Santa!


Mrs. Clause greets children and families at the Christmas Lighting event.












A Beautiful Holiday Weekend on Wilderness Lake Ouachita!

Every year Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, located 12 miles east of Mount Ida, on the shores of Lake Ouachita, hosts a three day long holiday weekend including a lavish Thanksgiving Day Dinner, a fun filled Christmas lighting ceremony to celebrate the start of the Christmas Holiday season and a nostalgic “Ol’ Timey” Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner and Holiday Auction for the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department.

Harbor’s staffs begin the decorating in late September, stringing miles of twinkling lights through the trees and around all the buildings and cottages at the resort.  The Lodge is dressed up for the holidays with pumpkins, candles, hay bales and rustic ambiance.  The chef and his staff are busy gathering and perfecting old and new recipes for the extravagant Thanksgiving spread.  The buffet will include golden turkeys, both smoked and baked; succulent hams; a lavish salad bar with seasonal salads and homemade soup; a mountain of freshly baked breads; a fresh fruit and cheese display and all of the highly anticipated, traditional holiday vegetable sides and time honored casseroles.  The crowning glory for kids, big and small, is the decadent dessert display with a variety of homemade cakes, pies and treats.  The buffet dinner is always sold out and is based on reservations only, so guests are encouraged to call early to reserve their table at one of three seatings.


The Lodge is festively dressed for the holidays


Crisp linens in holiday colors, gleaming candles, captivating lake view, cozy fireplace and a warm, happy welcome greet guests to the Thanksgiving Dinner.



Delectable turkeys and hams, tasty vegetables and sides with holiday flair and a decadent buffet of desserts await the eager diners at the Thanksgiving Dinner.


Cozy fireplace in the Lodge Restaurant

The day after Thanksgiving, the resort is transformed right before your eyes from Thanksgiving to Christmas!  Dozens of staff rush to complete the task of getting everything ready to welcome Santa Clause that evening!

The Christmas Lighting event is always held the Friday night after Thanksgiving and is open, free of charge, to Mountain Harbor guests and the public.

“Sharing the lights with our customers, friends and neighbors is our way of giving enjoyment and sharing fellowship with our community”, stated Bill Barnes. “There’s just something very, very special about the Christmas lights over the lake, and the joy we see in each child’s eyes reminds us of how very special this time of year is”.

Santa arrives by hayride wagon for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony and takes time to visit with each child about their special Christmas wishes.

Santa arrives by hayride wagon for the Christmas Lighting Ceremony and takes time to visit with each child about their special Christmas wishes.

The crowd at Harbor last year was estimated at over 1200 guests who crowded in to enjoy fresh, homemade holiday cookies from the Lodge Restaurant, hot apple cider and cocoa and listen to the wonderful holiday live music. On stage, Randy and Chana Saylor sang holiday favorites to the crowd’s enjoyment while the kids received Christmas tattoos or face painting by Harbor’s Christmas elves.


Of course, the big stars of the night are Mrs. Clause and the Big Guy himself.  Mrs. Clause reads Christmas stories and poses for photos with the children in the beautifully decorated Santa Tent until Santa Clause arrives via the hay ride wagons. After a countdown by the crowd, the big switch is flipped and all the lights of Harbor are turned on. Santa visits with kids, big and small, for over two hours until everyone has an opportunity to express their Christmas wishes. Throughout the evening, guests were treated to hayrides through the resort to admire the Christmas lights over the lake.

The Lodge and cottages, Harbor’s Marina, all of the main buildings and even the trees on the drive to Harbor were alight and the resort is brightly decorated for Christmas visitor and the many Christmas parties planned for the season.

The Saturday night of the weekend, the resort community turns out for a hearty spaghetti dinner and live holiday auction.  The biggest fundraiser of the year for the local Joplin Volunteer Fire Department, the event is held in the fire station.  Families gather for hot plates of piled high spaghetti and try to wrangle their favorite sauces from the wide array of steaming crockpots – Venison, Spicy Meatball, Italian Meatball, Sausage and Mushroom – all lovingly crafted from the kitchens of the area’s best cooks and brought to the fire station to raise money for the all-volunteer department.  Community members and businesses donate auction items ranging from a sailboat cruise, carriage rides, homemade cakes, cookies and pies; hand crafted wearables; boats; electronics – even airline tickets and New York City hotel rooms have been donated before by grateful community members!  The proceeds of the auction all benefit the fire department which operates both land and water fleets.

You can learn more about Mountain Harbor Resort and the Holidays at Harbor at www.mountainharborresort.com or http://www.facebook.com/MountainHarborResort.

Welcome to Harbor!

Welcome to Harbor!

You’ve made the decision to come to Harbor!  We’re so excited!  We love welcoming guests for the first time because Harbor is our home and you are our guests.  And, like any good host, we want you to know everything  about what to expect your very first time at Harbor.

Getting Here:  Our physical address for your GPS is 994 Mountain Harbor Road, Mount Ida, AR  71957.  We are located in west central Arkansas on the shores of stunning, wilderness Lake Ouachita, about 12 miles east of the tiny town of Mount Ida and 24 miles west of historic Hot Springs, Arkansas, just off Highway 270.

When you turn off Highway 270 onto the Mountain Harbor Road, turn off or shun any directions from your GPS – it will take you on a wild goose chase and drop you off in the woods!  And, you don’t need it anymore.  Once you turn onto the Harbor road drive just straight through about 2 ½ beautiful miles and you’ll end at our Lodge.  You’ll find lots of Harbor signage along the way!

Share the Road:  The Harbor road weaves up and down and around little hills and curves through the Ouachita National Forest.  You’ll want to go slowly because you are likely to find yourself sharing the road with our friendly deer population as well as turkeys, raccoons, ‘possums, squirrels and the occasional big boat owner towing his boat.  Don’t worry; it’s probably his first time here and our  roads may look little to him so he thinks he needs both lanes.  He’ll figure it out, but just realize that you will be meeting a lot of guests like yourself, here for the first time, trying to read all the signs, control the antics of the kids in the back seat and find their way.  You’ll also see joggers, hikers, bikers, ATV’s and even a horse drawn carriage on our roads, so you’ll want to drive slowly, savor the beauty of the trees along the way and re-set your mode to Harbor time.

As you pull up to the Lodge, you may be surprised to see our humble rustic lodge...but this is just the beginning.  Harbor encompasses over 900 acres!  Our lodge is the hub of our resort.

As you pull up to the Lodge, you may be surprised to see our humble rustic lodge…but this is just the beginning. Harbor encompasses over 900 acres! Our lodge is the hub of our resort.

Entrance to the Lodge

Entrance to the Lodge





Looking out across our courtyard you can see the  architect's  vision for our rustic mid-century lodge.

Looking out across our courtyard you can see the architect’s vision for our rustic mid-century lodge.

Arriving at the Lodge:  Step back in time.  Our Lodge was built in 1955, by our founder, Hal Barnes, and we’ve preserved the original mid- century architecture.  If you’re used to big grand entrances, you may be surprised at our humble, flat roofed Lodge but generations of families and guests have grown up here and it’s the hub of our operations and the heart of the resort.  If you walk to the front and view it across the courtyard, you’ll see how the original architect envisioned our rustic lodge sixty years ago. Our resort is spread out over 900 acres, so it’s hard to take it all in from any one spot.

 You’ll find our Lodge Restaurant here as well as our lodging offices and registration.  The Lodge is surrounded by our Guest Rooms, cabanas and our Lodge cottages.  The charming courtyard is framed by trees that Hal planted back in the 1950’s and there’s a much beloved shaded wading pool from the 1960’s, lovingly preserved by our staff. 

When you step into the Lodge, our Reception Desk will greet you and ask for your name, driver’s license and credit card.  We only swipe your card at check in, to prove to your credit card company that you were really here, since you’ve already paid your deposit.  If you are checking into a boat slip, we will need your boat registration numbers off your hull as well, so be sure to jot that down for us.

You’ll want to look at the beautiful lake view from our restaurant, which also overlooks the Lodge Pool.

Our property is quite large, encompassing over 900 acres, so in addition to your room keys and mirror tags, our staff will give you a map of the whole property and point out pools, the marina, dive shop, houseboat and water toy rentals, stables, spa and hiking trails to get you started. 

The Three Areas of Mountain Harbor Resort:

There are three main areas of Harbor, all with unique personalities and facilities.  They are:

Our Lodge Area- 

Here you will find our Guest Rooms, Studios (one room kitchenette units) our poolside cabanas and our Lodge cottages. Everything here is within walking distance of our Lodge pool, the lake view Lodge Restaurant, the laundramat, playground and our charming Lodge courtyard.

Harbor North Cottages-

Our signature Harbor North cottages are located about 1 1/2 miles from the Lodge.  These log sided, lake view cottages are beautifully furnished with an eclectic blend of antiques and contemporary furnishings.  All have hot tubs on the decks. Choose from one, two and three bedroom floor plans.

Our Harbor East Condominiums-

Also located about 1 1/2 miles from the Lodge, but to our East you’ll find privately owned two, three and four bedroom condos, managed by Mountain Harbor.  Our most economical lodging,these units feature fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and decks over looking forest or lake.

What’s in Your Unit:  If you are in one of our condos, cottages, studios or cabanas you have a fully equipped kitchen.  In addition to pots and pans, eating and serving dishes, silverware, cooking utensils, a blender and mixer, glasses and a coffee maker, you will also find these items provided:

Dishwashing liquid

Dishwasher Detergent

Kitchen linens

Garbage bags

Coffee, coffee filters, hot cocoa and popcorn

Paper towels

Charcoal grill

Things you will need to bring:

Salt and pepper

Condiments and spices

Charcoal and charcoal starter and a lighter

All of your food

Laundry detergent (if your unit has a washer and dryer)

Your grandmother’s favorite lake recipes!

If you arrive and find that you need anything, please just call us!  We try to stock popular items in our warehouse and we also have several staff who live on property who are happy to loan out unusual items – like that fondue pot you just realized you need!


Your bathroom has these items:

Hair dryer

Bath towels, hand towels and wash cloths

Soap, shampoo and lotion

Toilet tissue

Facial tissue

You'll love our gourmet coffee from Westrock Coffee, featuring Rwanda coffee from East Africa.

You’ll love our gourmet coffee from Westrock Coffee, featuring Rwanda coffee from East Africa.

Our lotions, soaps and shampoos are from the NATÜRA  line -Combining the elements of Nature and Science, NATÜRA products are known for their ability to revitalize, nourish, and purify both the body and the mind - and are in  100% biodegradable containers.

Our lotions, soaps and shampoos are from the NATÜRA line -Combining the elements of Nature and Science, NATÜRA products are known for their ability to revitalize, nourish, and purify both the body and the mind – and are in 100% biodegradable containers.


Other items in every unit:

Iron and ironing board

Room directory with a list of phone numbers, extensions and TV channels

DVD and VCR loans available at the Lodge

Volleyball, basket ball, and tennis rackets and balls available at the Lodge

We also have books to borrow in our laundramat at the Lodge and games you can check out. 

What’s in Your Unit (Guest Room):  Although you don’t have a kitchen, you do have a microwave, mini-fridge and four cup coffee maker as well as in-room coffee, coffee filters, hot cocoa and popcorn and paper towels.  There is a small table with two chairs in your room and two patio chairs with a small table on your patio.  Your unit doesn’t have a charcoal grill, but you can call the Lodge and request one.   See our list above “Other Items in Every Unit” for additional items! 

Alcoholic Beverages

Mountain Harbor Resort is located in a DRY COUNTY.  We have wine glasses and wine openers in our housekeeping units (cottages, condos, etc) and in our restaurant but we cannot serve alcohol.  The good news is that the nearest liquor store is just 7 miles to our east, heading back to Hot Springs.  Be sure that you make any purchases by Saturday, because Arkansas’s blue laws prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday!

 Media and Wi-Fi

With the exception of some of the privately owned condominiums, most of our units have free Wi-Fi.  Please ask before you come if your unit has Wi-Fi if you are staying in a condominium because some of those are privately owned and do not have wi-fi.  Our Lodge area with the courtyard and pool and the restaurant have Wi-fi, as does our marina, our marina patio, our Lodge Conference Building, the East Cove Conference Center and Turtle Cove Spa.

Our internet service may not be as fast as you are accustomed to.  We are very rurual!   Our services are limited here and you will probably want to bring a movie from home as opposed to buying one and downloading it (I tried that once and it took me two days…) but for surfing the web, accessing Netflix, posting to Facebook, emails, etc, you shouldn’t run into any problems.  If high speed wireless is critical, you may be very disappointed.  We’re working on trying to get better service for our guests – it’s just not available to us right now in our county.

 Cell Phones:

If you have Verizon, you should have great service everywhere you go.  If you are with another company, you are at the mercy of cell tower placement vs. trees and mountains.  All of our units, except the Joplin Inn, has local phone service on the in-room phones. 

Other Things You Need to Know: 

BUGS, BUGS, BUGS –  You may never see them, hear them or feel them, but you wake up in the morning and you find yourself covered in bites.  Mosquitoes, “no-see-ums” – we got ‘em!   It’s just a part of lake life, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your family.   Choose a bug spray that you are comfortable with and use it before going out on your deck or for a walk… and be sure to spray the shoes and socks of your little ones.  They love to run through grasses and brush and that’s where they may encounter chiggers and ticks. Chiggers are very tiny and love to bury up around the legs of underwear and waist bands.  Be sure that everyone has a nice hot bath at night.  If you forget your bug spray, our marina sells several different types.  You want to enjoy the beauty of being outside but be aware that early morning, dusk and evening are prime mosquito and “no-see-um” attack times.  It takes several hours for the bites to swell and start itching and most people get bitten in the evenings, go to bed and wake covered in bites. 

Ants – It’s Arkansas, so ants are a given.  Especially in the summer when it’s dry, ants come into units around water pipes and any tiny opening they can find.  Please don’t leave food out on your counter and empty trash into outdoor receptacles.  Call us if you see any and we will come over and spray outside your unit to stop them from coming in. 

Wasps – Wasps love making nests under the overhang of our units and on decks.  We try to always check for these and take care of any problems before you arrive.  If you see wasps, please call us and we will take care of it right away.  We don’t want you or your family to be stung! 

That’s the biggest cock roach I ever saw!  Oh, that’s actually not a cockroach.  It looks like a big shiny black or dark brown cock roach and usually you find them dead because they can’t live inside, they die.  These are wood roaches or water bugs and they fly in at night (the females have wings, the males crawl in).  They are obsessed with the light!  They are creepy but harmless and we will come and “remove” any if one gets in.  With doors opening and closing at night as folks go in and out using the deck or carrying things in, some are bound to come in.  They die once inside because they live in the warm, moist soil under leaves in the forest and your unit is too dry and cool for them to be very happy.

Pets – Yes, we are pet friendly!  So do bring your beloved furry friends, but please check with us to make sure that your unit is pet friendly.  While all units owned by Harbor are pet friendly, some of our privately owned units are not.  Your pets will love the lake, the people and all those fascinating new scents!  We ask that you not leave any pet unattended in your unit when you go out.  Even the most well behaved pet will bark at strange noises in a strange place and that guest next door who just stretched out for a little vacation napping will not be happy.  If you are coming to the restaurant, you can bring your pet with you and leave it with us in our office, where they are likely to be quite spoiled.  Please do bring a crate if that is how they are most comfortable, as well as snacks. 

 You do need to be aware that there is no leash law in most of Harbor, but there is in the Harbor East Condominiums.  You may encounter loose dogs but the resort dogs are very friendly and they all have their own unique story.  Just ask any of our staff! 

Of course, you need to bring pet waste bags with you when you walk your dog. 

Your dogs will love hiking with you on the LOVit!

Your dogs will love hiking with you on the LOVit!

Everybody Waves  Here–  It’s Arkansas and it’s the south – we really do wave at everybody.  So don’t worry about figuring why a stranger is waving at you– we wave at everyone and if you are here long enough, you will, too.  So, please, wave right back if you feel like it.  Getting to know everyone starts with something as simple and hometown as a wave! 

Swimming Pools….and Swimming Holes –We have three sparkling, cool swimming pools at Harbor and a wading pool for your little tadpoles!  The Lodge pool for our Lodge guests is located just behind the Lodge Restaurant.  It has loungers, umbrellas, bathrooms and is within walking distance of all of our Lodge units.  The wading pool in the courtyard is a shady spot in the afternoon with comfy benches and umbrellas.  There are two additional pools in Harbor East for our condominium guests, each with loungers and convenient for our condominium guests.  We’re sorry, we don’t provide pool towels, so be sure to pack some in for your pool fun – or pick up a colorful beach towel at our marina! 

Whatever the size, you'll find our pools sparkling clean, convenient and oh, so refreshing!

Whatever the size, you’ll find our pools sparkling clean, convenient and oh, so refreshing!

Lake Ouachita is one big fabulous swimming hole!  If you have a boat you can find hundreds of tiny islands and secluded coves, many with soft, lake-worn slate beaches and shady trees.  If you don’t have a boat, you can try out the Corps of Engineers nearby Joplin Campground for a real sandy beach with swim buoys.  There is a small day use fee – usually just $3.50 or so per car.


We hate problems!  That’s why we work so hard to get rid of them!  If you are unhappy with ANYTHING, please call us and let us help!  We are always so disappointed when guests tell us at check out that they have been unhappy about something that we could have fixed. Sometimes guests tell us they “didn’t want to mess with it” or “they were out on the lake all day” or “just didn’t want to be bothered”.  We are fast, we are professional and we really, really care about you.  Please give us a chance to make it right!  We just want you to be happy and we can work around any scheudle that you might have to insure that y our time with us is wonderful!  We also have an after hours number for urgent situations and emergencies you can call 24 hours per day! 

Thank you!

We’re so glad you made the decision to come and stay with us!  Our crew pledges to give you our very best service and to assist you in every way we can!  If anything disappoints you or just isn’t right, tell us about it and we promise we will do everything we can to insure that your stay is perfect!

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Every year Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa, located 12 miles east of Mount Ida, on the shores of Lake Ouachita, hosts a special weekend to highlight the natural beauty of Lake Ouachita and in particular its cherished Bald Eagles.

“Sharing the eagles with our customers, friends and neighbors is our way of giving enjoyment and sharing fellowship with our community”, stated Bill Barnes. “There’s nothing quite as inspiring as seeing the Bald Eagles in the wild, diving for fish or soaring overhead”.

An Introduction to Falconry and Bird of Prey Program presented by Rusty Scarborough, will be held at the Lodge Conference Building, Saturday February 8th at 10:00. Anyone interested in Birds of Prey and the sport of Falconry are encouraged to attend. Falconry is the ancient Sport of Kings, where a trained bird of prey is used to hunt for small game. The sport dates back over 3000 years and was a type of hunting to put food on the table. The sports history and how to become a Falconer will be covered as well as identification of native birds of prey. Live birds will be presented during the program so bring your camera if you like. Also a Live Bald Eagle will be presented after the falconry program.

Harbor’s marina will offer free barge tours to view the eagles on the lake starting at 1:30 that afternoon. Participants need to call the marina at 870-867-1212 or 870-867-1211 to make reservations for the barge tour.Image


Mount Ida, Arkansas, December 3, 2013: Bill Barnes, Chief of the Joplin Volunteer Fire Department announced today that the Holiday Spaghetti Dinner and Auction Fundraiser held over the holiday weekend was the most successful the department had ever experienced.

“We would like to thank the generous members of the Mount Ida and Joplin community who turned out in record numbers to support our department”, Chief Barnes stated. “Thanks to the efforts of all of the volunteers who worked so hard to set up for the event and prepare the food and the generous donations of our friends in the community, our department was able to raise over $15,000!”

“The funds will be used to pay for the equipment, fuel and supplies that allow the department to serve the community, as well as building expenses and insurance. The Joplin Volunteer Fire Department operates 13 land fire apparatus and 5 fire boats.”
This past year the department responded to 68 land and water medical emergencies and fires.