Whatever your recreational interest, Norfork Lake abounds with opportunities!
With wide open, breezy stretches for sailing and quiet, and secluded coves for skiing and swimming, the clear and uncrowded waters of Norfork Lake are ideal for water sports. Scuba diving is excellent, attracting divers from throughout the central United States. With 22,000 surface acres of water, Norfork Lake is also known as a great place for fishing. The wooded and mostly undeveloped shoreline allows for ample room to enjoy the hills and hollows.
Developed parks offer campsites that range from rustic to modern with electrical hookups, playgrounds, group picnic shelters, designated swimming areas and boat-launching ramps. Fees are charged for the use of some facilities. Concessionaire-operated marinas provide boat and motor rental, fuel and other related supplies and services.
The Robinson Point National Recreation Trail and the Norfork section of the Trans-Ozark Trail enable nature observers and photographers to view the Ozark Mountains through the change of seasons. Spring-flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers add subtle colors, while fall brings the hills ablaze with the colors of oaks and hickories. Viewing wildlife is a popular activity on the and around the lake, and these two trails, along with the Big Tree Trail, Cranfield Trail, David's Trail, and Pigeon Creek Trail provide access to a variety of habitats.
The 32,000 acres of public land around Norfork Lake provides the hunter with good opportunities for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit and quail. Migratory birds and waterfowl, such as doves, ducks and geese are also found here. Some areas are cooperatively managed with state and volunteer organizations to provide maximum benefits for both game and non-game wildlife.
The area has a wide range of accommodations and services for visitors. More detailed information of lodging, restaurants and other recreational opportunities can be obtained from area chambers of commerce.