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About Norfork Lake

Norfork Dam is located on the North Fork River, at river mile 4.8, four miles northeast of Norfork, Arkansas. There are 1,806 square miles of drainage above the dam. Norfork is one of four multiple-purpose projects constructed in the upper White River Basin for control of floods and generation of hydroelectric power. The project also offers excellent recreational opportunities.

The Dam

Norfork Dam

Construction of the dam was initiated in the spring of 1941 and was completed three years later, while construction of the powerhouse and switchyard was completed October 1949. Commercial generation was begun in 1944. Be aware of hazardous water conditions near the dam. Below the dam, listen for a warning horn or siren signaling a discharge of water and watch for conditions that may signal rising water. Observe warning signs and buoys, and stay out of restricted areas. Overall construction cost of dam and powerhouse was approximately $ 28,600,000.

The Lake

Norfork Lake covers 32,000 acres with over 500 miles of shoreline of public lands for fishing, swimming, boating, scuba, hiking, mountain biking, and nature-based activities. Norfork Lake water is clean, clear, and fresh. A constant flow of rainfall water drains into Norfork after filtering through the expansive hardwood and limestone watershed surrounding the lake. The water flows into Norfork Lake via hundreds of small creeks, and the North Fork River.


Whether you enjoy boating, skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, or even scuba diving Norfolk Lake has an activity for you. Support facilities are located in 16 parks operated by the Corps of Engineers, Arkansas State Parks, local governments and a marina. These parks include 19 boat ramps, 13 campgrounds, 14 picnic areas, 10 marinas, 9 designated swim areas, and hundreds of miles of undeveloped shoreline. The park areas offer campsites, playgrounds, hiking trails, group picnic areas, designated swimming areas, and boat-launching ramps. Over 350 miles of shoreline provides opportunities for photography, wildlife viewing, and relaxation. Fees are charged for the use of some facilities. Concessionaire-operated marinas provide boat and motor rental, fuel and other related supplies and services. The area has a wide range of accommodations and services for visitors. More detailed information on lodging, restaurants and other recreational opportunities can be obtained from the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lake Level, Moon Phase and Weather
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Lake Level 553.22



Fishing Report

Fishing Report

Normal Pool Elevation 555

Norfork Lake Fishing Report 01/02/2013

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