Norfork Lake

ARKANSAS - MISSOURI


Lake Level
554.13 FEET
3/5/2021
Full Pool: 552.0
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Large striper schools are attacking the bait

Baxter Bulletin

Date: 10/26/2020 6:11:21 PM

Norfork Lake is seeing a major cool-down, and the fish are starting their fall feed. Bass, stripers, and crappie are all feeding before winter. Bass on topwater have started in the creeks

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Large striper schools are attacking the bait

The Baxter Bulletin (Mountain Home, AR) on MSN.com

Date: 10/26/2020 6:02:15 PM

Norfork Lake is seeing a major cool-down, and the fish are starting their fall feed. Bass, stripers, and crappie are all feeding before winter. Bass on topwater have started in the creeks, the crappie

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Bigger baits are working the best

MSN

Date: 10/20/2020 10:40:00 AM

This past week we saw a major cool-down of Norfork Lake. Load Error This week, with the predicted rain, we should see a push up the creeks by the stripers to find

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Bigger baits are working the best

Baxter Bulletin

Date: 10/20/2020 10:34:00 AM

It seems the bigger baits are working the best, but the trollers are using small crank baits and trolling fast. Bennett's Bayou has a similar pattern but not as consistent. I start off the cow pasture

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OPINION | REX NELSON: Follow the flow

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Date: 10/18/2020 12:59:00 AM

creating Norfork Lake. The lake covers parts of Baxter and Fulton counties in Arkansas and part of Ozark County in Missouri. "The Corps chose the dam's final location from four possible sites

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• River: North Fork River
• Surface Area: 22,000 Acres
In the late 1930's, before construction of the Norfork Dam had begun, the local economy of Baxter County, Arkansas was deteriorating. The yearly per capita income had fallen to between one-hundred and two-hundred dollars, and in 1940 alone more than six hundred small farms were abandoned. Those who remained looked forward with enthusiasm to any solution that promised relief from their economic problems. Mountain Home, Arkansas, then the largest community, was described as having no prospect for new business and very few paved roads. When construction of the dam finally began in the spring of 1941 it was said that, "before the first shovel of dirt was thrown, or the first tree dozed down, the Mountain Home people knew that a new era had dawned" United States, History of the Corps of Engineers. As the largest nearby community, Mountain Home was to derive the most spectacular benefit for the Corps projects in the area. Centrally located between both Norfork and Bull Shoals Dam, few of its citizens could foresee the economic change Norfork Dam would bring to the poor agricultural community (Messick).

Clyde T. Ellis, who defeated Claude Fuller in 1938 to become the representative for the third district, envisioned a smaller Arkansas version of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Ellis made Norfork Dam his personal project and fought for it until construction began in the spring of 1941. Having won the election with the promise of cheap hydroelectricity, he hoped the dams would give rise to industry and lift the region out of the depths of depression. Ellis firmly believed that if Norfork Dam was built then the other dams would follow. Authorization for construction of the dam was included as part of the flood control act of June 28, 1938. Norfork Dam was to be one of six dams built to accomplish flood control in the White River basin. The act was later revised in 1941 to include Bull Shoals and Table Rock.
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