Lake Ouachita


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Emily Claire Cole - David Richard Allan

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Date: 5/19/2018 11:32:00 PM

Emily Claire Cole became the bride of David Richard Allan at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Mountain Harbor Resort and Spa on Lake Ouachita. Officiating was Mary Templer of University Community Church in Windsor, Canada. The bride is the daughter of

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Ron's cross ministry: Shalimar man races health to craft 5,000 necklaces

Northwest Florida Daily News

Date: 5/12/2018 10:45:00 AM

Making crosses wasn’t Gross’ idea — not exactly. Gross and his wife, Pat Gross, discovered the craft while they were on a motor home trip in Lake Ouachita, Arkansas, in August 2016. The couple attended a Sunday service at a small Methodist church

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The experience of fishing at Lake Ouachita

The Examiner

Date: 5/12/2018 1:43:00 AM

Conifers and hardwoods reflect symmetrical patterns down pristine shores, connecting the shoreline to intrusive waters filled with rocks, foliage and stumps. There are no buildings, homes or businesses here, just nature’s beauty commonly found on

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Friends in the wonderful outdoors

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 5/11/2018 2:27:00 AM

I recently hooked up to Kenny Talbert's boat and headed to a recreation area on the south side of Lake Ouachita. Sure, he could have pulled it, but why not save my friend a trip, as he had his camper in tow and would be spending the next several days on

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KEN PERROTTE: Quiet kayak fishing trip fails to turn up (striped) bass

Date: 5/9/2018 7:44:00 PM

But a couple persuasive points convinced me to bite. First, we’d be fishing Lake Ouachita, long-known as an angler’s paradise. This beautiful lake has 40,000 acres of clear water, more than 200 islands and 975 miles of mostly pristine, undeveloped

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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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