Bathymetric Map and Surface Area and Capacity Table for Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, 2018

Scientific Investigations Map 3445
Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Southwestern Division, Little Rock District
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Beaver Lake was constructed in 1966 on the White River in the northwest corner of Arkansas for flood control, hydroelectric power, public water supply, and recreation. The surface area of Beaver Lake is about 27,900 acres and approximately 449 miles of shoreline are at the conservation pool level (1,120 feet above the North American Vertical Datum of 1988). Sedimentation in reservoirs can result in reduced water storage capacity and a reduction in usable aquatic habitat. Therefore, accurate and up-to-date estimates of reservoir water capacity are important for managing pool levels, power generation, recreation, and downstream aquatic habitat. Many of the lakes operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are periodically surveyed to monitor bathymetric changes that affect water capacity. In October 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, completed one such survey of Beaver Lake using a multibeam echosounder. The echosounder data were combined with light detection and ranging (lidar) data to prepare a bathymetric map and a surface area and capacity table.

Suggested Citation

Huizinga, R.J., Ellis, J.T., Sharpe, J.B., LeRoy, J.Z., and Richards, J.M., 2019, Bathymetric map and surface area and capacity table for Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3445, 2 sheets,

ISSN: 2329-132X (online)

Study Area

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Bathymetric Data Collection Quality Assurance
  • Bathymetric Surface and Contour Quality Assurance
  • Bathymetry and Surface Area and Capacity
  • References Cited

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Bathymetric map and surface area and capacity table for Beaver Lake near Rogers, Arkansas, 2018
Series title Scientific Investigations Map
Series number 3445
DOI 10.3133/sim3445
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Central Midwest Water Science Center
Description 2 Sheets: 44 x 36 inches; Data Release
Country United States
State Arkansas
City Rogers
Other Geospatial Beaver Lake
Online Only (Y/N) Y
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