The Bella Vista Property Owners Association will begin drawing Lake Avalon down on November 14, 2022, to a level 4 feet below full pool. It may be necessary to briefly drop the lake to 6 feet below full pool pending assessment of the beach area. The lake will be lowered at the rate of 3 inches per day and should be down by December 1, 2022, barring excessive rain. The lake will be allowed to refill beginning on March 6, 2023.
The purpose in lowering the lake is to allow homeowners a chance to build / repair docks and seawalls. It also gives homeowners the opportunity to dredge and remove debris from the lake in front of their property. Property owners need to obtain any necessary permits for work being completed during this time. Docks and seawalls will need permits from the City of Bella Vista and the ACC. Dredging projects will need a Permit for Common Property from the Bella Vista POA. The POA will also be doing maintenance work at the spillway, removing a gravel bar near the boat ramp, and dredging at the beach area. Fish habitat improvement projects will also be conducted at that time.
The lake will be drawn down slowly as recommended by the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission. Although rain may slow efforts to lower the lake, we will monitor progress daily and adjust as needed. Normal spring rainfall and underground springs should refill the lake in a timely manner, but nothing date specific is guaranteed.
We appreciate your patience and support of our current maintenance on Lake Avalon Direct questions to Rick Echols – Lakes and Parks Superintendent at 855-5068 or Mike Taggart – Director of the Maintenance & Construction – Water Utility Division at (479)855-5060.