Norfork Lake


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Baxter Bulletin

Date: 9/23/2016 9:19:00 AM

This past week we finally had some rain, the east side of the creeks are muddy with lots of debris, the water coming in from the creeks is very cool. The front of Bennett’s Bayou creek is 82 degrees and the incoming water is 73 degrees. The new water has

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Norfork lake bass club

Date: 9/14/2016 5:00:00 PM

Passing along info on a winter series on norfork.... Norfork Winter Bass Series Here are the following dates. All tournaments will be out of Panther Bay Marina. These will be NO -A- RIG tournaments. Entry fee will be $80 with Big Bass included. Hours will

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Two fishermen have close-up sighting while driving home at night from Norfork Lake

Date: 9/14/2016 11:50:00 AM

I had been visiting a friend one night. It had gotten late and I had to work in the morning, so I got in my car to leave. On my way back to the main road, I stopped at a stop sign. Out of the corner o... While driving to check on my dogs that were being

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395 Norfork Lake Dr Henderson, AR 72544


Date: 9/7/2016 5:00:00 PM

Lots of family room -close to Norfork Lake -Large yard, several outbuildings, some updates completed, some still ongoing. Great vacation home with most furniture included. Large screened front porch, large covered patio

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Army Corps of Engineers Organizing Litter Pickup for September 10 for Norfork Lake

Date: 9/6/2016 1:13:00 AM

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. - Volunteers are needed to participate in the National Public Lands Day annual fall litter pickup at Norfork Lake on Saturday, Sept. 10. The cleanup is being held in conjunction with the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the annual fall statewide

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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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