CLARKSVILLE (AGFC) –
At 63 years, Horsehead Lake is comparatively old for a man-made fishing
facility in Arkansas. It has had some problems, likely connected to
But a cure is well in the works.
about 15 miles northwest of Clarksville, has been drained so repairs can
be made to its water control structure and to a pipe through its dam.
lake was built by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1950 in
partnership with Ozark National Forest. It has provided decades of
fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill and red-ear
bream, mostly for residents of the area.
The lake is
in the national forest, and the national forest operates a recreation
area on the west side of the lake. A campground, picnic area, playground
and restroom facilities are available. This recreation area is closed
at present while the lake is undergoing repairs.
Bob Limbird, district fisheries supervisor for AGFC, is in charge of the renovation project.
"The work at
Horsehead is going well," said Mark Oliver, AGFC's fisheries chief.
Besides fixing the water control structure and the outlet pipe, we are
allowing the lake bed to be exposed and dry out."
vegetation will add to the lake's food supply when it is refilled in
several months. The lake is not closed to fishing, but access to what
water remains is difficult.
Lake is off Arkansas Highway 164 northwest of Clarksville. A paved
Johnson County road circles the lake. Boat launching ramps are at the
now-closed recreation area and on the northeast corner of the lake.