Nimrod Lake, Arkansas, USA

Lake Locations:

USA - South - Arkansas - Ouachitas -

Also known as:  Lake Nimrod

Arkansas’s State Scenic 7 Byway travels from the timberlands in southern Arkansas at the old oil boom town of El Dorado, and ascends through the mountains of the Ouachita region, continuing north to the Ozark Mountains. It is somewhere between these two mountain ranges that the byway passes the east end of Nimrod Lake before descending into a valley.

Nimrod Lake is a definite stop for fishers and hunters who will find an abundance of game in and around the lake’s 3,550 acres. Along with a popular slab crappie fishery, anglers will find catfish, bluegill, and bass for relaxed leisure or exciting sport. In-season hunting and trapping is generously permitted throughout thousands of acres of project land. White-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, bobwhite quail, squirrel, rabbit, fox, mink, black bear, dove, and waterfowl abound. With such an abundance of game options, it is no wonder the lake is named after the mighty hunter and great-grandson of the Biblical Noah. Noteworthy are the Lloyd Millwood Waterfowl Management Area (a “green tree” public duck hunting area); a mobility impaired hunting area; and a 3,800-acre bobwhite quail management area.

Hunting and fishing are not the only amusements on Nimrod Lake. Families will indulge in hours, days and even weeks of fun and adventure-seeking while water skiing, jet skiing, swimming, pleasure boating, tubing, picnicking, sightseeing, hiking and camping. The Forest Hills Trail provides over an hour of hiking through woods, hills and valleys. Along the trail, you will find signs that pinpoint the significances of trees, surrounding plant life, or areas of historic value. Five fully-equipped campgrounds offer varied options for picnicking and camping among towering pine and hardwood trees. Swimming areas are located throughout the various recreation areas, and other substantial amenities include playgrounds, restrooms, hot showers, and fish-cleaning stations.

In total, the Nimrod Lake project encompasses 24,839 acres of land and water. The project is the oldest one in the state belonging to the industrious US Army Corps of Engineers; it is part of flood control and water resource planning for the lower Arkansas River Valleys and Fourche LaFave River. The Fourche La Fave, on which the dam was constructed in 1942 (in the midst of the second major World War), is a tributary of the Arkansas River, and drains a portion of the northern Ouachita Mountains. On the South Fourche La Fave, you will find a section for class I-II paddling among the beauty of wild surroundings.

Vacationing in Arkansas’s temperate seasons, you will find Lake Nimrod to be a complete retreat for outdoor rejuvenation. With Ouachita National Forest bordering its south shore and wild project areas sprawled on surrounding land, the lake is surrounded by a gulf of green possibilities. With Scenic Byway 7 running right past the lake, you’ll have access to a highway of intriguing mountain towns, historic cities and breathtaking experiences. Both Ozark and Ouachita National Forests, to the north and south of the lake, offer fulfilling wilderness adventures; mountain biking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle sports, not to mention truly inspiring scenic and wildlife viewing. The Ouachita Mountains are popular for their quartz crystals, so don’t leave the area without acquiring one of these striking minerals. To the south, also accessible via Scenic Highway 7, is Hot Springs National Park, which attracts throngs of visitors to its famous thermal baths.

Whichever highways or byways you take to get to Nimrod Lake, your stay here will be undoubtedly satisfying. And however you choose to spend your time, whether bobbing the minutes away on the water, chatting under canopies of bird songs at a family picnic, or stealing through the woods for unsuspecting game, you will gain a heart full of content.

Things to do at Nimrod Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Tubing
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • National Park
  • National Forest
  • Playground

Fish species found at Nimrod Lake

  • Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Sunfish

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Nimrod Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 3,550 acres

Shoreline Length: 77 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 342 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 0 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 373 feet

Water Volume: 29,000 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1942

Drainage Area: 680 sq. miles

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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