Lake Ouachita

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568.23 FEET
10/19/2017
Full Pool: 578.0
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Arkansas Online

Date: 10/18/2017 11:16:00 PM

Gillett. Candlelight tours, wheelchairs available. (870) 548-2207 GUIDED OVERNIGHT KAYAKING ADVENTURE Saturday-Sunday, Lake Ouachita, Mountain Pine. Tickets: $85. (501) 767-8148. HISTORIC ROGERS GHOST WALKS 7-9 p.m. today-Saturday and Oct. 26-28

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Volunteers needed for Lake Ouachita State Park's annual fall litter cleanup

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 10/18/2017 2:26:00 AM

Volunteers are needed for Lake Ouachita State Park's annual fall litter pickup from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 28. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas

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Wednesday's Datebook

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 10/11/2017 2:08:00 AM

Ouachita Mountain Hikers will hike 7 miles on the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail on Thursday. The club will conduct trail maintenance in Hot Springs National Park on Saturday. Email hikersnews@gmail.com for information

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Woolly Hollow named State Park of the Year

The Cabin

Date: 10/10/2017 12:45:00 PM

Woolly Hollow had 573 volunteers who served more than 3,500 — a value of $76,119. Other parks that received the award were Lake Ouachita State Park in Mountain Pine, Village Creek State Park in Wynne, Logoly State Park in McNeil and Petit Jean State Park

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Five parks chosen for outstanding service

Harrison Daily Times

Date: 10/10/2017 5:15:00 AM

LITTLE ROCK — Lake Ouachita, Woolly Hollow, Village Creek, Logoly and Petit Jean State Parks were selected as the Park of the Year (POY) for the five regions in the parks system at the recently held annual Superintendents Conference. This is a coveted

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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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