Blackburns Resort

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Main Address :
734 County Road 989
Mountain Home ,  AR
Phone :  (870) 492-5115
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Summer Address :
734 County Road 989
Mountain Home  , AR
Phone :  (870) 492-5115
Fax : 

Toll Free :  800-635-0526

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Blackburns Resort
We offer cottages and boat rentals. We are the only resort on Lake Norfork to be on city water. We are family owned and operated. We do welcome pets. 60% of our customers are return customers.


Guides, cottages and boat rentals

Fishing Available:
Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Catfish, Stripers

Hunting Available:


Other Information
Dates Open : March first to December first

Lake or Area Name : Lake Norfork / Ozark Mountains, Arkansas

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Why Blackburn's Resort? After 50-plus years of operation we know your stay in the Ozarks can be more than just a clean comfortable cottage and a fishing trip. Sure we have the clean cottages, boat dock, pool, fishing guides, and all the other standard Ozark resort amenities. But we also know active travelers want more. Providing diverse Ozark activity information for our registered guests, one-on-one, is what we do better than anyone else. Check out our Activities Web site and see for yourself!

Wilderness Day Hikes - If your idea of hiking is to slowly walk a trail without a backpack for 3 to 8 hours, then return to your lodging for a hot meal and a shower, you'll like what you find around Norfork! You'll find trails from as little as 1/2 mile long up to 13 miles long. There are also hundreds of rarely used back roads and old jeep trails that make excellent hikes or mountain bike rides. The Sylamore District of the Ozark National Forest has several streams that adventurers enjoy walking because of the bizarre karst rock formations and unusual plant life in the canyon bottoms. In all there are several very good places to hike, watch wildlife, and enjoy the scenery. The Leatherwood Wilderness area has day hikes for those seeking a truly primitive hike. Only humans and horses are allowed in the Leatherwood.

Cave Tours & Wild Caves - Choose between touring a cave the easy way like walking on well lit underground sidewalks, or crawl on your belly in the mud to reach the deeper chambers of Blanchard Springs Caverns. The caves are owned and managed by the U.S. Forest Service which conducts interpretive cave walks and the wild cave tours. Blanchard is an awesome, inspiring look at one of America's most fascinating underground experiences. This is Ozark Karst at its finest!

Norfork National Fish Hatchery - At the base of Norfork Dam is Dry Run Creek and the hatchery. There is a unique relationship between the two. Each year the hatchery raises some 2 million trout. Starting in a small tank of eggs the trout are raised to about 12 inches before they are released in the rivers. It is fascinating, especially for children, to see trout in all sizes from a one-quarter inch fry, to a two inch minnow, a 4 inch, a 6 inch, and other sizes all the way up to 14 pound monsters. Dry Run Creek is right next to the hatchery and is reserved fishing for children 16 years old or younger. Only artificial baits are allowed. Dry Run has a very healthy population of fat, large trout! If you want to give the young anglers in your family a special treat, take them to the hatchery, then let them fish Dry Run.

Quarry Park at Norfork Dam - Right across the road from the Hatchery is Quarry Campgrounds and Park. There is an excellent place to bank fish for trout in the North Fork River. Not very far downstream from here was where the former World Record All Tackle brown trout was caught, as well as the second largest brown trout ever caught. Quarry Park continues at the top of the dam. You can walk out on the dam for a great view of the river gorge and the lake. When the generators are running you can feel the vibration in the handrails. The park has covered pavilions, children's playstations, and public rest rooms. The dam site park makes a wonderful place for a picnic. Just a few hundred yards from the dam is a cave which was used by Native Americans for thousands of years. It is not open to the public.

Horseback Riding - This is the easy fun way to see the true Ozarks. Riding through thick forests, fields, and rivers, you'll see limestone bluffs, waterfalls, wildflowers, birds, animals, and karst rock formations. With numerous trails totaling many miles it will take several rides before you've seen it all. Trail ride difficulties vary from easy beginner rides to rides requiring advanced horse riding skill.

Canoeing - The upper North Fork river, the White river, and the Buffalo river all offer scenic Ozark waterway canoe trips. None of these rivers are difficult to canoe. The White is recommended for experienced canoist when it is running higher water levels as the current gets very strong. The Buffalo and the North Fork are not as wide as the White and offer a slower, closer look at wildlife and scenery. The White is a fast ride, especially on high water.

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails - Well groomed and well marked, Pigeon Creek National Trail System on Norfork Lake has 18 miles of stacked loop trails running through several micro ecosystems. You can mountain bike or hike through pine stands, oak-hickory hardwood stands, shoreline transition zones, and combinations of these systems. Trails are beginner and intermediate level. Bird watchers find these trails productive, especially during fall and spring migrations. You'll see a combination of song birds and water birds. Wildflowers and the rare dwarf chinkapin oak are common trailside sites.

White & North Fork River Trout Fishing, Stripers, Bass, Crappie, Walleye, and Catfish - they are all here.

Whether you are a novice or expert angler, Blackburn's Resort means exciting fishing. Lake Norfork is famous for lunker black bass, tackle-busting ocean stripers, tasty walleye, and slab crappie. The North Fork River and the White River are famous World-Wide for record trout. Catch rainbow, brown, cutthroat, and brook trout just 20 minutes from Blackburn's Resort.

In March the first whisper of spring triggers a frenzy of action . . . Hungry bass move into creeks and coves to prowl for crawdads and minnows, slab crappie ease up to submerged brush, and walleye scour the banks for minnows. Thus begins a fishing season which lasts through December. Although spring and fall are the peak fishing seasons, summer provides excellent bass and striper fishing, with abundant catfish and panfish to please novice and expert anglers of all ages. Because Lake Norfork is virtually mosquito-free, night fishing under lights for crappie and white bass is popular during the summer. If trout fishing is your favorite, try a float on the famous North Fork or White River for scrappy rainbow and big German brown trout. Whatever your preference, we will put you onto fish and show you how to catch them or, if you prefer, we'll arrange for a skilled guide.

He knows where the fish are! A two hour's catch is what you see in the photos below of Blackburn's owner Steve Street. He caught these fish in the middle of a hot August afternoon, when fishing is supposed to be slow! Steve fishes Norfork almost every day of the year. He also scuba dives each day. Either way, he knows where the fish are! Steve also writes the Norfork lake fishing report keeping thousands of fishermen informed. If you want to catch fish, stay at Blackburn's!

Numbers of largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky bass vary from year to year according to spawn numbers. Right now the most plentiful species are the Kentucky followed by smallmouth, then largemouth.

Walleye are fast becoming Lake Norfork's top game fish, and if their size and numbers keep increasing as quickly as they have the last few years, they will overtake stripers as the lake's most popular game fish. I have won the annual walleye spear fishing tournament for two years in a row. Last year it was a 4lbs-2oz fish, and this year my winner was a 6lbs 8 oz. fish. I spoon for them in the summer. The rest of the year I use jerk baits and troll night crawler harnesses. Walleyes in Norfork like high rocky banks with sharp drop-offs most of the year. In the spring they travel onto flats.

Crappie usually spawn in April then stay in shallow water. Prior to April Crappie are deeper and very large ones can be caught. After spawn look for any structure or submerged brush. Tube jigs and jigs tipped with minnows are the preferred Norfork bait. Occasionally during the summer the largest fish are on high banks with sharp drop-offs. The Game and Fish mark brush piles with blue signs with white fish on them to indicate location of structure and submerged brush piles. I catch some large crappie on the bottom while spooning in the summer, some as large as 2 1/2 lbs.

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