Welcome to Greers Ferry, located on the shores of the lake that shares it’s name, Greers Ferry Lake. With over 40,000 acres of crystal clear water that is perfect for fishing, scuba diving, water skiing, and boating, it is no wonder that Greers Ferry has become one of Arkansas’ most popular tourist destinations for family vacations and group travel.
Fishermen associate Greers Ferry Lake with walleye fishing. A national walleye tournament is held on Greers Ferry Lake every year. The world record walleye weighing more than 22 pounds was caught here. The large mouth and small mouth bass, the spotted or Kentucky bass, the striped bass/white bass hybrids, the lake trout, crappie and bream are all species found in the lake.
The new world’s record hybrid bass weighing 27 pounds, 5 ounces was caught on Greers Ferry Lake by a local guide in April 1997. He fought the fish for 25 minutes. Jerry Shaum of Shirley knew he had a huge fish on the line. He held on until the battle was won. He was trolling in 45 feet of water.
The Little Red River feeds Greers Ferry Lake. A world-class fishery for brown trout and rainbow trout, the Little Red River produced another world record fish: a 40-pound, 4-ounce brown trout, in 1992, beating the earlier record catches of 28 to 29 pounds.
The dam and reservoir were dedicated Oct. 3, 1963 by President John F. Kennedy. It was his last major public appearance before his final trip to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. In his remarks in Heber Springs, Kennedy explained that the Greers Ferry project and others like it were investments in Arkansas and the Nation’s future.
Once Greers Ferry Lake had filled, tourism boomed. New businesses catered to tourists, and older businesses expanded. The reservoir that filled behind it consists of two lakes connected by a water-filled gorge called the Narrows. The area of the two lakes and the Narrows totals about 40,500 acres with a combined shoreline of just over 340 miles.
Construction of the powerhouse and switch yard was completed in July 1964. The total cost of the project was approximately $46.5 million.
For most of the 20th century this area was just another lovely section of Arkansas with small towns connected by trails and dirt roads, but in 1963 Greers Ferry Lake became a reality. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of a dam (spanning the Little Red River), which is 1,704 feet in length and 243 feet in height, forming a lake 50 miles long, covering 40,000 acres, and creating a shoreline of 343 miles. Our river tributaries produce some of the largest walleye in the world, supporting a major event — the Walleye Run. Elevation of the lake at top flood control pool is 487 feet above mean sea level. Most important is that the lake ranks as one of the most pollution-free in the nation, providing an excellent water playground for fishermen, water skiers, scuba divers, and anyone seeking fun in the sun. As the seventh tourist destination point in Arkansas, the lake is dotted with first-rate marinas and boat docks, over 1,200 public and private camp sites, and a good selection of motel and resort facilities. Click here for additional recreation information on Greers Ferry Lake.
Greers Ferry Lake and it’s tail water, the Little Red River has been a popular destination for anglers worldwide visiting Arkansas. In our case, “World-Class Fishing” is fact, not hype. We can back it up with three world-record game fish. Greers Ferry Lake holds world records for Walleye (22 lb 11oz) and Hybrid Striped Bass (27 lb 5 oz). The Little Red River tail water, which feeds into Greers Ferry Lake, holds the current world-record for German Brown Trout (40 lb 4 oz).
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