Norfork Tailwater

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Norfork Tailwater
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Norfork Tailwater, September 2006
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Norfork Tailwater
Locationnear 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
Built1944 (1944)

The Norfork Tailwater is the segment of the North Fork River below Norfork Dam in north central 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 at Norfork. The community of Salesville lies approximately 1.5 miles west of the dam on Arkansas Highway 177. Norfork is located on Arkansas Highway 5 at the confluence of the Norfork Tailwater with the White River approximately 3.5 miles southwest of the dam. [2]

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.[ citation needed ]

2008 flood

In response to the Spring 2008 Midwest floods the Army Corps of Engineers opened the dam floodgates on April 10. [3]

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  1. "Bull Shoals & Norfork Tailwaters Management Plan" (PDF). Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Fisheries Division. April 17, 2008. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 19, 2011. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
  2. Arkansas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme, 2nd ed., 2004, p. 26, ISBN   0899333451
  3. "Little Rock Yearly Climate Summary". North Little Rock, AR: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. June 17, 2009. p. 1.