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Summer fun, Air Force safe

Date: 6/21/2017 11:18:00 AM

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. – Kayaking the Buffalo River, fishing at Lake Ouachita and hiking Pinnacle Mountain are all activities that give a sense that summer has arrived in Arkansas. The critical days of summer — May 27 to Sept. 4 — are

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Happiness is on a Houseboat: The Perfect Summer Vacation

Date: 6/19/2017 3:01:00 PM

Ouachita Valley. First occupied by a variety of Indian tribes – one of which it was named after – the valley is now known as Lake Ouachita State Park and marked by its scenic beauty. Endowed with astonishingly clear waters, the 40,000-acre lake near

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Benton principal puts all of his children first

Arkansas Online

Date: 6/17/2017 10:03:00 PM

Mackenzie will be a junior at Sheridan High School and is in the school band. “We like to spend a lot of time at Lake Ouachita,” Rash said. “That’s the best thing about being a father — watching my kids grow up and be successful.” Rash has been

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A Catholic you want to know: Tessie Bell

Arkansas Catholic

Date: 6/17/2017 3:02:00 AM

The music you have at church can certainly add to your prayer life while you’re there. What are your hobbies? We used to go to Lake Ouachita a lot in the summer months. I like to sew, crotchet, read books and take care of my grandchildren

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Historic salute: Annual Buckville gathering focuses on grave dedication

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 6/12/2017 4:16:00 AM

Marcus Anderson was buried in Buckville Cemetery, part of a town that now sits at the bottom of Lake Ouachita. Today, the former residents of Buckville return to the only structure from that area still intact, the Buckville Baptist Church and Cemetery

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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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