Horsehead Lake renovation well underway

Horsehead Lake renovation well underway

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 age.

But a cure is well in the works.

Horsehead, 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.

The 100-acre 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."

Sprouting 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.

Horsehead 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.