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This brochure includes a map of Blakely Mountain Lake, now known as Lake Ouachita, its more immediate surroundings, and where it is situated in Arkansas. It also includes explanations of the dam and reservoir, and the dam building project.

Biographical/Historical Note

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Blakely Mountain Dam and Resevoir between 1946 and 1954 to help control flooding, to provide for the general water supply of the area, for recreation, for fish and wildlife management, to produce hydroelectric power, and to aid in navigation. The project was authorized by the Flood Control Act of December 22nd, 1944, and created what is now known as Lake Ouachita.

Before the construction of dams along the river, the lower Ouachita River Valley area flooded often. As early as 1870, the federal government was considering what could be done to limit the flooding. In the 1890s, the government recommended a series of dams on the Ouachita River above Malvern. The Blakely Mountain Dam, creating Lake Ouachita, was the third such dam to be built, following Remmell Dam that created Lake Catherine in 1924, and Carpenter Dam which created Lake Hamilton in 1932.

Physical Description

Brochure, 17.5" x 16"

Geographical Area

Montgomery County (Ark.); Garland County (Ark.)




Map 0297_2

Resource Type



Historic Maps Collection


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Blakely Mountain Lake, Map0297, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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