Norfork Lake has more than 550 miles of shoreline and covers around 22,000 acres. There are nineteen developed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks that offer a plethora of choices for camping and for water sports. Boating, water skiing, and swimming are the major attractions of the lake’s visitors. Developed lakeside parks offer campsites (rustic to modern), picnic shelters, designated swimming areas, and boat-launching ramps. Some have fishing docks for use by the handicapped, elderly, or youths. Visitors choosing not to camp have many choices of accommodations: lakeside resorts or motels, in-town motels/hotels, riverside resorts, or bed & breakfasts.
Norfork Lake Fishing
Nearly all varieties of freshwater game fish make Lake Norfork home, which is fed by the North Fork River and its tributaries. Bass, walleye, crappie, bream and catfish all make their home in its waters. The oldest of Arkansas’s large man-made impoundments, Norfork has provided regular variety for its anglers. Norfork Lake has one of the best striped bass fisheries in Arkansas. The lake is stocked annually, and stripers over 40 pounds are frequently caught. Many in the 30-pound class are caught every year. Because the food source for stripers is abundant it is no unusual to see up to a 3 lb. rate of growth annually. Black bass peaks from September through May, and night fishing with lights for white bass and crappie is becoming popular. The North Fork River below the dam is a popular and productive trout fishing stream, and the Norfork National Fish Hatchery, available for tours, assures a continuous supply of trout to maintain the populations of the North Fork, the White and other area trout streams. A former world-record brown trout was taken from the river in 1988. A state-record 4-pound 12-ounce brook trout was caught in 2000.
Norfork Lake Attractions
For the visitors that enjoy local history stop by the Wolf House on Highway 5 in the town of Norfork. It was built in the early 1800’s is believed to be the oldest log structure in Arkansas. For the anglers it is near the banks of the White River which offers the #1 trout fishing in the country.
You can head into the town of Mountain Home if you want a meal out. There you can choose from variety of restaurants or if you want to see a movie at the two cinemas in town. On Wednesdays and Saturdays you can stop by the Farmer’s Market in the town square to pick up fresh produce and a variety of other food choices.