Lake Ouachita

ARKANSAS


Lake Level
567.64 FEET
1/17/2018
Full Pool: 578.0
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A family friendly section of the Ouachita Trail

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 1/14/2018 6:45:00 AM

In fact, we also noticed a distant view of Lake Ouachita at one point. The hillside on the right-hand side of the trail was equally as interesting, as an occasional rock structure protruded from the steep substrate. The path also crossed a couple of

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New year brings fun to-do list for hunters, anglers

Arkansas Online

Date: 1/13/2018 10:56:00 PM

Places like the Big Maumelle River above Lake Maumelle, Vache Grasse Creek near Fort Smith and the Ouachita River above Lake Ouachita are great places to fish. Use a light-action spinning outfit with a 1/16-ounce lead ball jig and a white, yellow or

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New year brings fun to-do list for hunters, anglers

Arkansas Online

Date: 1/13/2018 10:44:00 PM

Places like the Big Maumelle River above Lake Maumelle, Vache Grasse Creek near Fort Smith and the Ouachita River above Lake Ouachita are great places to fish. Use a light-action spinning outfit with a 1/16-ounce lead ball jig and a white, yellow or

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Fishing report

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 1/12/2018 2:24:00 AM

Lake Ouachita: Todd Gadberry, Mountain Harbor Resort harbor master, said on Wednesday the black bass at Lake Ouachita are still fair. Spots have slowed but are still fair on a drop shot with a finesse worm. Stripers are fair to good on Bama rigs

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Health Department issues fish-consumption advisory for Lake Ouachita

Arkansas Online

Date: 1/6/2018 2:55:00 AM

The Arkansas Department of Health on Monday issued a fish-consumption advisory for Lake Ouachita after unsafe levels of mercury were detected in a sampling of fish. Fish that were collected from the lake by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and tested

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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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