Norfork Lake

Year-Round Recreation and Natural Beauty

What do you want to do on or around Norfork Lake? This question is the best place to begin when planning your vacation. How you answer can impact when you should visit Norfork Lake. We’ve put together a seasonal breakdown of the 


Summer is naturally one of the most active seasons on Norfork Lake. It’s the best time to catch some sun on the lake or by one of the pools at surrounding resorts and hotels. It’s also ideal for any water sports, boating or on-the-lake activities.


It's hard to beat the beautiful trees and leaves found in the Arkansas Ozarks in the fall. The Norfork Lake area features miles upon miles of shoreline and trail to explore through hiking or biking or on horseback. Autumn on Norfork Lake is the perfect backdrop for a stay at one of the nearby cottages or cabins. This time of year is also one of the best for nature photography, bird watching, and hunting. Also, don’t rule out the water sports, as the lake is still perfectly enjoyable with a wetsuit.


Winter is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the fishing on Norfork Lake. The lake is home to a wide variety of fish, including catfish, bass, crappie, walleye, and bream. Also, you might be lucky enough to enjoy a little snow on a trip to Norfork in the winter, which makes for a beautiful and memorable winter or holiday experience. There’s nothing like a warm fire at one of the cottages or cabins with the wintery serenity of the woods all around.


Spring is prime time to enjoy all of the wildlife and plant life Norfork Lake has to offer. It’s also a great time of year to hit the trails for some hiking and exploring. Spring is also the time of year when you can get back on the lake after winter (with or without a wetsuit, depending on temperatures) and enjoy the boating, water skiing, and other activities you can find via the area marinas.

Any way you look at it, any time of year is a great time for a getaway to Norfork Lake. From camping to houseboats and resorts, there’s plenty of ways to stay. So,  put on your hiking boots or water skis, grab your gear and discover a new way to stay on Norfork Lake in the Arkansas Ozark Mountain Region.