Norfork Tailwater

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Norfork Tailwater

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Norfork Tailwater, September 2006
Location near Salesville, Arkansas
Coordinates 36°14′46″N92°14′44″W / 36.246239°N 92.245481°W / 36.246239; -92.245481 Coordinates: 36°14′46″N92°14′44″W / 36.246239°N 92.245481°W / 36.246239; -92.245481
Primary inflows North Fork River, 100 to 6,000 cubic foot (2,800 to 169,900 L) per second from Norfork Dam [1]
Primary outflows White River
Managing agency Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Built 1944 (1944)

The Norfork Tailwater is the segment of the North Fork River below Norfork Dam in north central Arkansas. Near Salesville, Arkansas, the Norfork Tailwater is about 4.8 miles (7.7 km) long and stretches from the dam below Lake Norfork to the White River. The Norfork Tailwater is home to brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and brook trout, as well as other fish. A trout hatchery (the Norfork National Fish Hatchery) near Quarry Park keeps the tailwater stocked with trout, while the dam’s cold water output provides suitable habitat for these cool-water game fish.

The North Fork River or the North Fork of White River is a 109-mile-long (175 km) tributary of the White River, into which it flows near Norfork, Arkansas.

Norfork Dam

Norfork Dam is a large dam in northern Arkansas southeast of Mountain Home. It dams North Fork River and creates Norfork Lake. The top of the dam supports a 2-lane roadway, part of AR 177.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.



The tailwater can be accessed in a few locations. Access is free below the dam from Highway 177. There are also a few private boat ramps and other properties that can be used to access the river with permission.

Arkansas Highway 177 highway in Arkansas

Highway 177 is a north–south state highway that runs in north central Arkansas. The route runs 16.20 miles (26.07 km) from Herron north over the Norfork Dam, then south to Pineville.

2008 Flood

On April 10, 2008, the Army Corp of Engineers opened the dam floodgates. [2] The mass of water changed the river's depth in some places, and boaters and waders should use caution.

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  1. "Bull Shoals & Norfork Tailwaters Management Plan" (PDF). Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Fisheries Division. April 17, 2008. p. 6. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  2. "Little Rock Yearly Climate Summary". North Little Rock, AR: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. June 17, 2009. p. 1.