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Maintenance at Norfork Lake parks

Norfork Lake

The Army Corps of Engineers’ Mountain Home Project Office in Mountain Home, Arkansas will be performing road maintenance for the next 4 to 6 weeks at several boat launch ramps and parking areas on Norfork Lake.


Road maintenance will be performed at the Cranfield Park entry-area launch ramp, Red Bank launch ramp, Henderson launch ramp, Gamaliel launch ramp and swimming area, and Panther Bay launch ramps and swimming area.


Work will typically occur at one location at a time and be phased and scheduled to minimize disruptions, however some full closures will be necessary.


The Corps is asking everyone to please use caution in these areas and watch for working personnel, road equipment, and haul trucks. Obey signage and stay clear of the barricaded areas where crews are working.


For further information on the status of other recreation areas on Norfork or Bull Shoals lakes log on to or call the Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700, weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Transporting firewood spreads invasive beetles Credit National Park Service

Research Foresters from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center were in Kansas recently conducting inventories of Ash Trees on Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ parks and campgrounds.

Billions of Ash Trees in the United States are under attack by the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle that kills the trees. In May, Research Foresters were at Corps projects in Kansas to set traps for Emerald Ash Borers. The traps will help the researchers determine whether the beetle has reached Corps projects in Kansas.

Ash Borer populations are often spread by the transportation of ash tree wood used for firewood. The Corps of Engineers ask that you not bring firewood from ash trees into Corps of Engineers parks or campgrounds as the wood could contain the beetles and spread it to other Ash Tree populations.