Lake Ouachita


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Outdoors Notes

NWA Online

Date: 5/21/2017 1:22:00 AM

ROYAL -- Jonathan Pipkins of Benton and Elijah Luna of Cabot recently won the The Bass Federation High School Fishing Arkansas State Championship tournament at Lake Ouachita to qualify for the High School Fishing National championship June 27-July 1 at

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WMA duck hunter survey reveals notable trends

Arkansas Online

Date: 5/21/2017 12:32:00 AM

Wild-caught baitfish may be used downstream of where they were caught, but not upstream. For example, you can use baitfish caught in Lake Ouachita at lakes Hamilton and Catherine, but you cannot use baitfish caught in Lake Catherine at Hamilton or Ouachita

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Fishing road trips bring many to local spots

The Courier Online

Date: 5/20/2017 8:00:00 AM

For years the most popular destination for many residents has been Lake Ouachita near Mount Ida and Hot Springs, due in large part to its abundance of rentable cabins, houseboats and unlimited camping access. Several people move into the surrounding

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City gets 'barrage' of FOIA requests

The Sentinel-Record

Date: 5/19/2017 4:27:00 AM

The list also included a request for traffic flow information and costs associated with the city's vehicle fleet. Ellen Varhalla requested the 2012, 2015 and 2016 water chart, and Bob Driggers asked for the Lake Ouachita Reallocation Study

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Ehrler's Lead Over Palaniuk Down To 2 Ounces


Date: 5/18/2017 7:09:00 PM

If you time it right, great. If not, you’ll have 12 pounds.” The five-time FLW Tour winner said this event is starting to play out similar to an event he won at Lake Ouachita in May 2010. They’re vastly different fisheries, but he’s getting the

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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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