Aquatic Vegetation on Lake Ouachita, Arkansas34.5N 93.3W
Lake Ouachita is a reservoir created by the damming of the Ouachita River by the Blakely Mountain Dam. The lake is located near Hot Springs, Arkansas, USA. It is completely surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest.
Lake Ouachita is the largest lake completely in Arkansas, as the larger Bull Shoals Lake extends into Missouri. Lake Ouachita has over 690 miles (1,110 km) of shoreline and over 40,000 acres (16,000 ha) of water.
A topic of debate is the vegetation that covers 10% of the lake. Lake Ouachita’s vegetation is being addressed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the Lake Ouachita Association to control the hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil.
The goal of the project is to contain and reduce — not to eradicate — the vegetation, since the presence of aquatic vegetation in moderate amounts is beneficial to the lake’s fishery.