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Norfork Lake

Norfork Lake, located in Baxter County, Arkansas and Ozark County, Missouri in the Ozark Mountains provides 22,000 acres of recreational waters contained within a 550-mile shoreline boasting 19 parks for all kinds of recreational outdoor activities.

Norfork Lake, created when the US Army Corps of Engineers built a dam on the North Fork River, provides excellent fishing opportunities. Below the dam on North Fork River, the Norfork National Fish Hatchery maintains a continuous supply of exquisite trout.

Camping, picnicking, hiking, boating, water skiing and swimming are a few examples of the recreational opportunities available on and around the lake.


The most common fish in Norfork Lake include bass, bream, catfish, crappie and walleye while most every variety of game fish can be found. Fishing enthusiasts come from all around to enjoy relaxing and prosperous fishing outings on Norfork Lake.


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    Norfork Lake Missouri Coordinates:
36.5281N -92.2772W
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Surface Area:
22,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
145 ft
554 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
6-10 ft
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Norfork Lake welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes to enjoy the water. Full-service marinas and several public boat launch ramps provide supplies and services to meet the needs of boaters with speed boats, pontoons, large or small fishing boats, canoes, rowboats, kayaks, jet skis, houseboats, cruisers and sailboats.

Commercial docks scattered around Norfork Lake provide boat and motor sales and rentals, diving equipment, fishing charters and guides to the lake.


Norfork Lake lodging options include cottages, cabins, resorts and rental homes all around the lake. Campgrounds, nestled within the many parks, offer primitive and modern campsites, many of which are on the lake.

Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information on available lodging and other facilities in the area.


Missouri's closest major city to Norfork Lake is Springfield. Other nearby Missouri cities and towns: Ozark, Republic, West Plains, Nixa and Bolivar. Norfork Lake flows through parts of Ozark County in Missouri.

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