Norfork Tailwater, September 2006
|Location||near Salesville, Arkansas|
|Primary inflows||North Fork River, 100 to 6,000 cubic foot (2,800 to 170,000 L) per second from Norfork Dam|
|Primary outflows||White River|
|Managing agency||Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers|
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 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.
On April 10, 2008, the Army Corp of Engineers opened the dam floodgates. The mass of water changed the river's depth in some places, and boaters and waders should use caution.
- "Bull Shoals & Norfork Tailwaters Management Plan" (PDF). Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Fisheries Division. April 17, 2008. p. 6. Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- "Little Rock Yearly Climate Summary". North Little Rock, AR: National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office. June 17, 2009. p. 1.
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