Blakely Mountain Dam, which impounds water forming Lake Ouachita, is a
feature of a comprehensive plan for the Ouachita River Basin being
administered by the U.S. Army Engineers, under the direction of the Chief
of Engineers and the Secretary of the Army. The objectives of the plan are
flood control, navigation, recreation, and the production of hydroelectric
The dam, located on Ouachita River, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, was
constructed under the supervision of the U.S. Army Engineer district, Lower
Mississippi Valley, at a cost of approximately $30,800,000 and was placed in
operation for flood control in the spring of 1953 and power was first placed
on the line in August 1955.
The spillway, located about 1 mile west of the dam, protects the
structure from overtopping by stored waters in the event all floods of
record are exceeded.
When filled to spillway crest elevation the lake extends up the
Ouachita River Valley a distance of 39 miles, with a surface area of
approximately 48,300 acres. The lake created by the normal power pool
extends up the valley a distance of 30 miles and has a surface area of
approximately 40,000 acres.
The land and water areas of this project, which is located partially
within the Ouachita National Forest, sustain important natural resources
which become an inherent part of the project.
To insure that these resources are developed to provide maximum
sustained benefits for the greatest number of people, a plan has been
completed for use as a guide in the management and development of the
lake area and all its resources.
The plan is based primarily upon land and water capabilities and
provides for the conservation of project lands and waters, forests,
fish and wildlife assets, and recreational areas, with full consideration
given to soil conservation, malaria control, pollution, and the health and
safety of the visiting public.
Responsible Federal, State, and local agencies establish conservation
guides used in the plan. State and local agencies and organized groups are
also invited to participate in the recreational development of the lake for