Lake Norfork

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Norfork Lake

When you’re looking for a pleasant escape from the daily grind, there’s no better place to spend your vacation than Lake Norfork. Whether you’re looking to lounge in the sun and take in the scenery or enjoy some activities on the water, you can do it all at Lake Norfork. The perfect blend of relaxation and excitement, you won’t find all the offerings of Lake Norfork anywhere else. You can enjoy the secluded waters for an intimate gathering with loved ones or hit up a more active main channel and join large groups of boaters having fun in the sun.

Here at 101 Boat Dock, we’re centrally located in Gamaliel, Arkansas right next to Lake Norfork. We offer a marine services department for those staying in the area. Need parts? We’ve got you covered there, too. When you’re looking for rentals, we’re happy to share our impressive selection of pontoons, houseboats, PWC, cottages, and so much more. Give us a call or stop by today! We also proudly serve St. Louis, Southeast Missouri, and Northeast Arkansas.

Taking in the Scenery

As many fun and exhilarating activities there are to choose from, don’t forget to slow down and take in the stunning scenery. You’ll be right in the heart of a secluded and natural Ozark forested shoreline. The area boasts more than 500 miles of uncommercialized shoreline, which is a rare find these days. What’s more, Lake Norfork is especially ideal for those seeking peace and quiet away from all the hustle and bustle. There are no major metropolitan areas nearby, so this is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy nature.

Wakes of Fun

Watersports enthusiasts won’t be able to get enough of Lake Norfork and all it has to offer. If you’re looking to enjoy some high-speed thrills on your vacation, you’ll be pleased with the variety of options Lake Norfork has in store. Whether you’re into wakeboarding, tubing, wake surfing, or water skiing, there’s plenty more where that came from. There are various marinas in the area that offer everything you need to enjoy your Lake Norfork experience to the fullest.

There are many other activities you can enjoy on the water, such as swimming, diving, climbing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and much more. If it floats, you can enjoy it at the lake. Those who love to snorkel and scuba dive are sure to have a blast, too. To put it simply, there’s not much that you can’t do at Lake Norfork. You don’t want to miss out on all the endless possibilities.

Going Ashore

When you need a break from the water, there’s a long list of options nearby that are worth checking out. If you’re an RVer, there are RV parks and campgrounds nearby where you can settle down for the night. If you need lodging options, remember to visit us at 101 Boat Dock to check out our cottage rentals. If you’re tired of cooking your own meals and munching on snack foods, be sure to stop by one of the convenient restaurants in the area. Your idea of vacation will never be the same once you’ve experienced Lake Norfork.

Stop by 101 Boat Dock in Gamaliel, Arkansas next to Lake Norfork today! We’re happy to help with parts and service as well as a variety of rental options to enhance your vacation. Whether you’re looking for camping rentals, a cottage, or houseboat, we’re looking forward to assisting you.

Plan Your Time On Norfork Lake

Lake Norfork is versatile in that you can find plenty of secluded waters, or you can join in on large groups of other boaters. Then too, it is normal for a group of friends and families to gather in a secluded cove together for a day of boating, water-skiing, and just plain goofing off. If you want privacy, you'll need to know how to find a secluded cove. If you want to be around more activity, you'll need to stay near the main lake channels.

Enjoy the Earth's Landscape

Because the land surrounding Lake Norfork is owned by the Federal Government through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, private land ownership along the lake shoreline is not possible. The Corps owns from the water's edge (which rises and falls) to a certain elevation above sea level. Their property line is not a function of a certain number of feet above the high water mark. As a result, you will see very few buildings of any kind when out on the lake. The areas where you do see houses, they will often be up on the ridge tops quite a distance from the water.

Take a Map & Look for Point Numbers

Regardless of what you choose, make sure you have a good lake map! The terrain can be your friend or your foe. While the hills and ridges create thousands of locations offering private coves, they also can make navigation difficult. It is very easy to get lost if you don't pay attention to the point markers and follow your map.

The Army Corps of Engineers has painted black and white signs which are placed on prominent points of land sticking out into the main lake channels. These large signs, called point markers, have big numbers on them for you to use as a guide. As you boat about, keep an eye out for these point markers. Once you identify the marker, find it on your map, then note which direction you are going. Is the point marker to your left or to your right? That is all you need to do to avoid getting lost. Stop for a few minutes if you have to, and figure it out. You will be glad you did. Once you have identified a few point markers, you'll not have to worry about getting lost.

Safety & Boating Regulations on Lake Norfork

When you rent any watercraft from 101 Boat Dock rest assured that it meets all safety regulation requirements. We instruct all persons renting our craft on its proper and safe operation. However, we also recommend reading the brief manuals provided on proper and legal boating regulations. Lake Norfork is patrolled by various law enforcement agencies who do ticket boat operators for improper operation. Common sense and respect for other boaters goes a long way toward compliance!

Seasonal Changes of Lake Norfork

Lake Norfork is generally warm enough to swim in from late May until late September. Houseboating is very beautiful in spring and fall. Spring weather tends to be raw and cool until mid to late April with several sunny days mixed in between. Best spring weather is early to mid May. Best fall weather is all of October and the first two weeks in November. Fall foliage typically peaks around the last few days of October and the first few days of November. Warm weather typically starts at the end of May and lasts through mid September. While January and February can be very cold, temperatures rarely fall below freezing during the day. If you want some very exciting big fish action, come fish for stripers in mid winter.

Houseboating on Lake Norfork

All who have enjoyed Lake Norfork by various means claim that houseboating is the best adventure the lake has to offer. For all practical purposes, the houseboat is a floating hotel suite. Houseboats have kitchens, bathrooms, electricity, and most of the conveniences of home. The best way to enjoy a houseboat is to take it up a remote cove and anchor there. Depending on the model of houseboat, you may beach it instead.

Water-skiing, Wake-boarding, Knee-boarding, and Tubing on Lake Norfork

On most days Lake Norfork is mostly calm. Waves and chop are not at all like what you find on large, open-water lakes. Wind swells are an extreme rarity. When they do occur they seldom, if ever, exceed a foot in height. Yet even on the roughest days you'll find a cove or creek arm that has smooth water. In fact, most days on Lake Norfork offer glass-smooth water or a slightly ripped surface. If you want boat wakes to jump all you need do is head away from the coves toward the main lake channel. When you rent a ski boat from 101 Dock we will be glad to give suggestions on the places to ski or tube based on your desires.

Fishing on Lake Norfork

Fishing is good all year on Lake Norfork. The slowest periods are from July through mid September, the fastest are from January through May. The main thing to know about fishing the clear calm Lake Norfork waters is that you cannot, in most cases, use large line. Unlike murky lakes, fish are spooked by larger lines. Fish with a light green 6 pound test line. Night fishing is popular in June, July, and August. Top water action occurs mostly in the early morning hours and in the evening, and after dark. 101 Boat dock offers a complete line of fishing watercraft. When you arrive tell us what species of fish you wish to catch and we'll do our best to assist. We carry live baits and tackle that the fish are hitting, so chances are good you'll succeed.

Because of its clear water, Lake Norfork is a popular scuba destination. Very large catfish make spearfishing a challenge as well. 101 Boat Dock has certified scuba tank refilling facilities.

Pontoon Cruises on Lake Norfork

For just plain relaxation and lake cruising, you can't beat a pontoon boat. If your desire is to have an on-board picnic with a group of friends and family, to fish a little, swim, and just enjoy the scenery, take out a 101 pontoon boat. Bring all the food, air mattresses, and comforts you want. The idea is not to blast about the lake at lip-curling speeds, but to cruse along at about 20 mph and enjoy. Find a cove, anchor, and swim, fish, and picnic. If you want to really have a fun day, rent both a pontoon and a ski boat. Use the pontoon as your "base" for picnicking and still fishing, then use the ski boat for tubing and water skiing. This is especially fun for families with active youngsters who get bored just "sitting around"!

Contact 101 Boat Dock

We're your one-stop shop for all things boating! Please feel free to give us a call at (870) 467-5252 or stop in today!