Bull Shoals Dam (Bull Shoals Lake)

Field Descriptions

Dam Name: Bull Shoals
Other Name: BULL SHOALS LAKE
NID ID: AR00160
Longitude: -92.57333
Latitude: 36.36333
County: BAXTER
River: WHITE
State: AR
Nearest City: COTTER
Distance: 10.00 miles
Owner Name: CESWL
Owner Type: Federal
Dam Designer: CESWL
Private Dam? No
Dam Type: Concrete
Core: Homogeneous Dam (Position)
Foundation: R
Year Completed: 1951
Dam Length: 2256 feet
Dam Height: 256 feet
Structural Height: 282 feet
Hydraulic Height: 238 feet
Maximum Discharge: 500000 cu ft/sec
Maximum Storage: 5408000 acre-feet
Normal Storage: 3048000 acre-feet
Surface Area: 454400 acres
Drainage Area: 6063 square miles
Hazard Potential: High
Emergency Action Plan? Yes
Inspection Date: 2009-04-13
Inspection Frequency: 5
State Regulated Dam? No
State Regulating Agency: NONE
Spillway Type: Controlled
Spillway Width: 680 feet
Volume of Dam: 2100000 cubic yards
Federal Funding Agency: BULL SHOALS LAKE
Federal Design Agency: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Construction Agency: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Regulatory Agency: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Inspection Agency: CE
Federal Operating Agency: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Federal Owner (Agency): Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Other Federal Agencies: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Source Agency: Department of Defense;
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dam Safety For Boats

A large amount of water can be released from a dam without any warning at any time and by any means. For example, when the demand for electricity is high, the turbines at a dam may be turned on automatically, resulting in a significant increase in the downstream flow of water in only a matter of seconds.

If there's a need to release water through the sluiceways (outlets at the base of the dam), this operation can also create a great swell of discharged water downstream.

During flood operations, any or all spillway gates across the width of a dam can be opened to release upstream flood water that needs to pass to the next downstream reservoir. Upstream or downstream, even the most experienced boater with the strongest motor is no match for this strong flow of water plunging over a spillway of a dam. Even if you're boating far downstream of a spilling dam, recirculating current can pull a powerful boat upstream toward plunging water that could shred any boat.

Some dams equipped with navigation locks create turbulent water as well. When vessels pass through, strong flow is released near the exhaust ports of the wing wall of the lock.

Warning Systems At Dams

To warn reservoir users of potential danger, warning devices are installed at many dams:




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