Lake Windsor, Arkansas, USA

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Lake Windsor is one of seven lakes in the Bella Vista Village in Northwest Arkansas. The Bella Vista lakes are private lakes and only members and their guests may enjoy them. Lake Ann, Lake Windsor, and Lake Loch Lomond are the largest recreational lakes in the community. Lake Avalon, Lake Norwood, Lake Brittany, and Lake Rayburn are primarily fishing lakes with no-wake restrictions. Lake Windsor is the second largest of the lakes (Loch Lomond being the largest), covering 220 acres with a maximum depth of 80 feet. Lake Windsor is an unlimited power lake so those wishing to fly across the surface of the lake can feel free. Water skiing and tubing are also encouraged.

Lake Windsor sits against a backdrop of the Ozark Mountains, offering visitors some spectacular views. Hardwood forests throughout the Bella Vista community create privacy for homeowners as well as shelter for wild deer, turkey, and other native wildlife. Completed in 1975, Lake Windsor offers members a spectacular place to water ski, swim, and fish. Boat launches are located at the end of the two main arms of the lake and along the lake’s dam. Fish in the lake include largemouth bass, bluegill, red-ear sunfish, crappie and catfish. Lake Windsor is one of two village lakes that host fishing tournaments. Other lake amenities include a covered pavilion, restrooms, and courtesy docks.

The village of Bella Vista offers its members and guests numerous recreational opportunities. Fitness/recreation centers, outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, an RV park, racquetball courts, golf courses, miniature golf courses, playgrounds, parks and pavilions, a yacht club and full service marina, walking trails, basketball courts and pickleball courts can all be found within the village. Visitors and residents of Lake Windsor are allowed to use any of the facilities within the village.

Real estate around Lake Windsor is primarily single family residences. You will also find attractive townhouses, especially around the golf courses. Vacation rentals are plentiful for anyone who would like to spend some time in the idyllic community. No matter where you decide to stay, you are never more then a few miles from a lake. Designed as a retirement community, younger families are discovering that Bella Vista is a wonderful location for anyone desiring a quiet community with larger city conveniences. The nearby cities of Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville offer unlimited shopping and dining opportunities. Fayetteville is also home the University of Arkansas campus.

Although Lake Windsor and the surrounding lakes are the main attraction of the area, Bella Vista’s seven golf courses also provide outdoor recreation. The scenic greens are designed for all skill levels, from beginning golfer to top flight pro.

For the outdoor enthusiast, many paved walking trails weave their way through the lakeside communities. Below the Windsor Lake Dam, the Tanyard Creek Nature Trail takes visitors on a scenic hike through the Arkansas countryside. A beautiful waterfall created by run off from Lake Windsor is a favorite resting place. Small rapids created by the falls make a wonderful recreation area for children and adults. Other activities you can enjoy in the area include horseback riding and canoe trips.

For an interesting daytrip or weekend excursion, plenty of hunting, camping, hiking, nature viewing, and bicycling can be found at Beaver Lake State Park, Hobbs State Park Conservation Area, Devil’s Den State Park, Ozark National Forest and Withrow Spring State Park, all within a short drive from Lake Windsor.

For your next vacation or permanent residence, consider Lake Windsor or any of the shimmering Bella Vista lakes. Enjoy the magnificent Ozark Mountains from a serene lakefront home or a relaxing townhouse in the woods. With plenty of outdoor fun, you’re bound to walk away with a family experience you won’t soon forget.

Things to do at Lake Windsor

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Tournaments
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Canoeing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Forest
  • Playground
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Windsor

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Bella Vista Village

    Surface Area: 220 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,056 feet

    Maximum Depth: 80 feet

    Completion Year: 1975

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

    You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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