Bull Shoals Dam

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Bull Shoals Dam
File:Bull Shoals Dam.jpg
Bull Shoals Dam from the air
Country United States
Location Baxter / Marion counties, Arkansas
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Construction began 1947
Opening date 1951
Owner(s) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Height 256 feet (78 m)
Length 2,256 feet (688 m)
Dam volume 2,100,000 cubic yards (1,600,000 m3)
Spillways 17 gate-controlled bays
Spillway capacity 112,200 cubic feet per second (3,180 m3/s)
Creates Bull Shoals Lake
Total capacity 5,760,000 acre feet (7.10 km3)
Active capacity 3,400,000 acre feet (4.2 km3)
Catchment area 6,036 square miles (15,630 km2)
Surface area 71,240 acres (28,830 ha)
Max. length 87 miles (140 km)
Normal elevation 695 feet (212 m) (max)
Power station
Turbines 4x 45-MW units, 4x 50-MW units
Installed capacity 380 MW
Annual generation 883,910,000 KWh[1]

Bull Shoals Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the White River in northern Arkansas in the United States. The dam lies on the border of Marion and Baxter Counties, and forms Bull Shoals Lake, which extends well northwest into Missouri. Its main purposes are hydroelectricity production and flood control.

The dam was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in response to severe flooding between 1915 and 1927. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt authorized the construction of the dam as well as six others on the White River and its tributaries in the Flood Control Act of 1938. Construction started in June 1947 and the dam was completed in July 1951. When finished, the dam was one of the largest concrete structures in the world. From its completion until 2009, it is estimated that the dam has prevented about $225.5 million in flood damages.[2][3]


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