Lakes of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, USA

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USA - South - Arkansas - Ouachitas -

Also known as:  Lake DeSoto, Lake Coronado, Lake Balboa, Lake Cortez, Lake Estrella, Lake Grenada, Lake Isabella, Lake Maria, Lake Pineda, Lake Segova, Lake Sophia

In one of the nation’s largest gated communities, the eleven man-made lakes of Hot Springs Village provide scenic recreational lakeside living. Begun in the 1970’s, 26,000-acre Hot Springs Village is 16 miles north of Hot Spring and has a wealth of amenities that make living and relaxing here a desirable option. Set along the slopes of the Ouachita Mountains, the lakes of Hot Springs Village provide a delightful combination of nature’s pleasures and the conveniences of a resort community within scenic Garland County.

Four of the lakes are 200 acres or larger: Lake Balboa is 944 acres with a maximum depth of 83 feet; Lake Coronado is 380 acres with a maximum depth of 70 feet; Lake Cortez is 245 acres with a maximum depth of 65 feet; and Lake DeSoto is 200 acres with a maximum depth of 70 feet. In 1972 the Middle Fork of the Saline River was dammed, creating the first lakes within the development. Other lakes were created by damming smaller creeks. Lake Estrella is 22 acres, Lake Grenada-54 acres, Lake Isabella-25 acres, Lake Maria-27 acres, Lake Pineda-62 acres and 63 feet deep, Lake Segova-11 acres and 30 feet deep, and Lake Sophia-26 acres. A twelfth lake, Lake Lago, serves as a drinking water reservoir and is off-limits to recreational activities.

All of the recreation lakes allow fishing and swimming, with the larger lakes available for water skiing. All but Lake Segova have boat ramps, but the smaller lakes are no-wake. Balboa Beach, Cortez Beach and DeSoto Beach all offer sandy swim beaches, picnic shelters and grills. Lake Balboa and Lake DeSoto both have marinas with rental slips and fishing supplies. Canoes, paddleboats, pontoon boats and fishing boats are available to rent. To preserve the tranquil environment of the community, jet skis, power racing boats and boats without mufflers are prohibited. The boating speed limit is set at 30 mph on several lakes, 20 mph on others, with no-wake zones running within 100 feet of the shoreline. Towing sports are limited to specially-marked areas on the designated lakes. Regular boating and fishing regulations apply to all of the lakes in Hot Springs Village.

Fishing is a popular pastime at Hot Springs Village. Whether you choose to fish from your own backyard or sail into the open waters on one of the lakes, anglers won’t have to compete for space as they test their fishing skills. The beautiful tree-lined coves and inlets are often the best place to cast your line in hopes of catching black bass, spotted bass, channel catfish, blue catfish, black crappie, white crappie, bluegill, green sunfish or bream. The Arkansas Game and Fish Department stocks the lakes regularly. Any regulations on fish limits and size will be posted by the Property Owners Association.

No matter where you are in Hot Springs Village, you’re not far from a facility geared toward outdoor exercise. There are 26 miles of nature trails, bike trails, tennis courts, lawn bowling, bocce ball, pickleball and ball fields. Indoor exercise is available at the Coronado Natatorium and Fitness Center where you will also find a heated indoor pool perfect for water aerobics and winter swimming. A wide variety of popular exercise equipment is available to residents with a fitness instructor on staff to help you get the most from your workout. The DeSoto Games Area includes a playground, swimming pool, diving pool and children’s pool. Nine 18-hole golf courses, miniature golf and disk golf courses are also provided. There’s even a dog park for everyone’s ‘best friend’.

All facilities are semi-private in that one must be a property owner or member to enjoy them. Property owners need not build on their properties but will still have full access to facilities. A few activities are open to the public, such as the Performing Arts Center located in Woodlands Auditorium. The venue is popular for weddings, art shows and specialty events. A small RV Park is available to members and their invited guests. A number of restaurants within the community offer a variety of food choices and dining atmospheres. Centrally-located Grove Park offers enjoyable pastimes and services such as regularly-scheduled ‘Rhythm Jams’ featuring non-amplified instruments, “Rock Porch” sessions, an Artisan Market and Green Market. Medical facilities on-site can handle day-to-day health needs, and most services and supplies can be purchased locally. And, luckily for those who wish to visit rather than purchase a membership, there are several lodging options available on a rental basis, including condo rentals and an extended-stay hotel. Many of the 13,500 full-time residents are retirees, so Hot Springs Village offers senior apartments, nursing facilities and a full range of activities and clubs suited to the less active older adult.

When lakelubbers from Hot Springs Village want to enjoy the benefits of Arkansas’ famous hot springs, they are a quick 12-minute drive from the 143-degree thermal waters of Hot Springs National Park. Set aside as the nation’s first federal reservation in 1832, the area became a national park in 1921. Hot Springs is the only national park found within a city. Bathouse Row, set within the resort community of Hot Springs, provides a selection of clean beautiful spa facilities waiting for visitors to walk in and unwind. With a population exceeding 96,000, Hot Springs is home to intriguing shops, a wonderful selection of cozy restaurants, art galleries and gardens. Surrounded by beautiful Victorian architecture, historic neighborhoods invite an afternoon of exploration and fun for residents of Hot Springs Village.

If 11 lakes are not enough for Village residents, Lake Ouachita lies immediately west within Ouachita State Park. Ouachita Lake covers 40,000 acres with 200 islands to explore and 900 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Often called the “Striped Bass Capital of the World,” anglers will find largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, bream, crappie, catfish and walleye within the depths of the lake. In addition to boating, swimming and water skiing, aquatic activities include scuba diving and the unique Geo Float Trail, a 16-mile water-based trail leading boaters to geologic features around Lake Ouachita.

Hot Springs Village is located within Arkansas’ scenic Ouachita Region. The gently rolling hills of the Ouachita Mountains cradle Hot Springs Village and shelter the homes along the tree-lined shores. Timeshares, vacation rentals and real estate properties spread across the mountain landscape where views change from a blaze of color in the fall to a dusting of snow in the winter and deep shades of green in the summer. Come discover the natural beauty and endless recreation of the 11 lakes of Hot Springs Village.

*Surface area of 1,996 acres is for all 11 lakes.

Things to do at Lakes of Hot Springs Village

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • State Park
  • National Park
  • Playground
  • Miniature Golf

Fish species found at Lakes of Hot Springs Village

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Blue Catfish
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Walleye
  • White Crappie

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Lakes of Hot Springs Village Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association

Surface Area: 1,996 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 730 feet

Maximum Depth: 83 feet

Completion Year: 1972

Lake Area-Population: 15,000

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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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