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Blue green algae extends swim beach closure


Date: 6/1/2018 3:22:00 PM

The swim beach at Gillham Lake remains closed because of blue green algae in the water. "It's a bacteria found in most lakes. It's not normally an issue until it becomes concentrated, "said Tiffany Smith, Corps of Engineers. Smith says the bacteria was

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Here are some great places to catch walleyes

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Date: 5/26/2018 10:12:00 PM

Walleyes rank high among the most popular sport fish in many Northern states, but here in Arkansas, few people fish for walleyes outside the late-winter/early-spring spawning season. I’ve never really understood this. Certainly, it’s not because

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Gillham Lake Swim Beach Closed Temporarily Due to Algae Bloom

Date: 5/24/2018 1:53:00 PM

ASHDOWN, Ark. (News release) - The Army Corps of Engineers, Millwood Tri-Lakes Project Office is closing Coon Creek swim beach on Gilliam Lake until further notice. The temporary closure is the result of a blue-green algae bloom. Corps officials said

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E. coli levels close 4 swimming sites

The Northwest Arkansas Times

Date: 5/24/2018 1:19:00 AM

The Coon Creek swimming area on Gillham Lake, shuttered May 16, remained closed Wednesday. Officials say the closures are because of "higher than acceptable E. coli levels" found during routine testing by the state Department of Health. Signs have been

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Two Arkansas swimming areas closed for high E. coli levels

The Northwest Arkansas Times

Date: 5/18/2018 4:04:00 PM

The U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Millwood Project Office has temporarily shuttered the Jefferson Ridge Park East Swim Beach on Dierks Lake and Coon Creek Swim Beach on Gillham Lake, according to a news release. High bacteria levels could be from a heavy

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• Surface Area: 1,300 Acres
Gillham Lake is a small reservoir located along the Cossatot River, mostly in Howard County, but also extending westward into Polk County, Arkansas. The lake is 6 miles (9.7 km) from Gillham, Arkansas.
The Flood Control Act of 1958 approved the lake for construction. The lake provides flood control, water supply and wildlife conservation. Recreation was not planned for the lake purposes but they were included anyway. Gillham has five recreation areas, five boat ramps, three campgrounds, one picnic shelter,and one designated swim area. Gillham Lake includes 1,370 acres (6 km2) of fishing; bass is mostly caught in the lake. Canoeing and fly fishing on the Cossatot River are popular. The river can be canoed about 16 miles (25.7 km) south of the dam to U.S. Highway 71 South. The Cossatot River has been noted as the best conoeing area between the Rockies and the Smokeys. There are two designated picnicking areas and one picnicking shelter that are chiefly used for reunions and family recreation. Gillham Lake also has the Coon Creek Walking Trail which is located on the entry road to Big Coon Creek Park.
Work on Gillham Dam began on June 1963, roads had to be relocated following the construction of the dam. The first concrete in the spillway was poured in November 1968. Work was halted in February 1971 but resumed in August 1972. The dam began storing water May 8, 1975.
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