With wide open, breezy stretches for sailing and quiet, secluded coves for skiing and swimming, the clear and uncrowded waters of Norfork are ideal for water sports. Scuba diving is excellent, attracting divers from throughout the central United States.
Norfork Dam was completed in 1944, and soon after the electric powerplant was in production. The reservoir created by the dam had a shoreline of 510 miles and contained nearly 2 million acre-feet of water, covers some 22,000 acres, with a flood storage capacity of some 732,000 acre-feet.
This storage capacity enabled the Engineers to store floodwaters 26 times within the damís first 7 years, preventing millions of dollars in flood damage and freeing the farmers downstream of their age-old fear of floods.
There are 19 developed parks which provide plenty of opportunities for camping and for water sports. Boating, water skiing, diving and swimming are all extremely popular on the lake.