Lake Ouachita


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Golf Mecca just a few hours away

Date: 1/16/2017 9:23:00 PM

Part of that ambiance is Lake Balboa on property and Lake Ouachita nearby. Both are scenic lakes. “We have been going to Hot Springs Village for years,” Tyler golfer Keith Bobo said. “It is something my wife and I look forward to each year

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Mountain Pine mayor works to solve city’s problems

Arkansas Online

Date: 1/14/2017 10:09:00 PM

We like to go up to the [Blakely Mountain Dam] and feed the geese,” he said. “There is good trout fishing here,” he said, noting that Mountain Pine is near Lake Ouachita below the Blakely Mountain Dam. “I’ve also caught some good size stripers

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Hot Springs, Arkansas – A CouchSurfer’s Slant on Immersion

Date: 1/14/2017 9:30:00 AM

I would have rather slept-in for as long as I could. Hiking the Caddo Bend Trail at Lake Ouachita State Park would have been the last thought to cross my mind. But this week-end was about spontaneous sociospiricultural immersion. Everything was up for grabs

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Learn To Think Like A Pro

Date: 1/12/2017 1:51:00 PM

Every spring, Bass Fishing Hall of Fame member Billy Murray heads a team of veteran instructors for a series of five-day advanced sessions of the Bass Fishing Institute at Mountain Harbor Resort on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita. Four 2017 sessions are

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Metroplan chief easing out after 30 years

Date: 1/3/2017 12:48:00 AM

The alliance is working to identify and secure more water for the customers the systems serve for the next 50 years, primarily by requesting water allocations from Greers Ferry Lake and Lake Ouachita, both of which are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of

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• River: Ouachita River
• Surface Area: 40,000 Acres
• Volume: 2,768,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,105 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 50 Feet
• Length: 975 Miles
Lake Ouachita (Pronounced WAH-shi-tah) is a reservoir created by the damming of the Ouachita River by Blakely Mountain Dam.

The Downstream side of Blakely Mountain Dam as photographed from the river in July 25, 2009
Blakely Mountain Dam was built by the United States Army Corps of Engineers from 1948 to 1953 for hydroelectric power, recreation, water supply and wildlife conservation. The dam is 231 feet tall, 1,100 feet long at the crest, and is capable of 75 megawatts.
The lake is located near Hot Springs, Arkansas. Lake Ouachita is the largest lake completely in Arkansas, as the larger Bull Shoals Lake extends into Missouri. Lake Ouachita has over 690 miles (1,110 km) of shoreline and over 40,000 acres (16,000 ha) of water. It is completely surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. Lake Ouachita is located near two other lakes, Lake Hamilton and Lake Catherine. These three lakes, DeGray Lake to the near south, and the thermal springs of Hot Springs National Park make Hot Springs a popular tourist getaway.
Lake Ouachita has many unusual features. One feature by the Corps of Engineers is the Geo-Float Trail, a marked trail which can be followed with a brochure which details prominent geologic features along the route.
Lake Ouachita also features one of the largest crystal veins in the world. Lake Ouachita has rare jellyfish (non-stinging) and sponges found in only very few of the cleanest freshwater lakes.
Scuba divers from all over the world enjoy the underwater experience as well as the special spear fishing season. The original purpose of Lake Ouachita was flood control and hydroelectricity.

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