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Baxter County is located in the north central section of Arkansas and is approximately 600 square miles. Baxter County has elevations ranging from 800 to 1,400 feet. Baxter County was formed on March 24, 1873, from parts of Fulton, Izard, Marion and Searcy Counties and was named for Elisha Baxter, then the Governor of Arkansas. Mountain Home is the County seat.
Mountain Home is the county seat. The landscape of Baxter County is rugged and mountainous. The county courthouse sits between two of the states largest lakes, Bull Shoals and Norfolk. The third floor rooms of the courthouse were added between 1908 and 1912 to give a third floor because the previous courthouse only had two stories, and in the early nineteen hundreds another thriving town in Baxter County was trying to get to be the county seat, therefore the Arkansas Legislature passed an Act requiring the courthouse to have three stories; thus, a third story was built in a hurry. The courthouse is located fourteen miles from the oldest courthouse in Arkansas, the log house of Major Wolfe, built in 1809 and still standing at the town of Norfork. Over the past three decades, the population of Baxter County has boomed. Much of the countys growth and more than half its tax dollars can be traced to tourism and retirement. Visitors often return to take up residence. Other resources include a technical campus of Arkansas State University and a fine regional medical center located in Mountain Home. The county has a large water-base recreation such as the White River, North Fork River, Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake and the Buffalo National River.
The County has approximately 210 miles of state maintained highways and has approximately 900 miles of locally maintained roads. Baxter County was the 12th fastest-growing county in the state, according to the latest census, increasing from 31,186 in 1990 to 41,513 in 2010. Mountain Home, the County Seat, had a population of 12,363 in 2016. Other incorporated areas of the County in order by population are Gassville (2,131), Cotter (948), Lakeview (725), Norfork (499), Salesville (448), Briarcliff (234), and Big Flat (104).
The county has two hydroelectric dams operated by the Corps of Engineers. Norfork Dam is located on the North Fork River at river mile 4.8, four miles northeast of Norfork. Bull Shoals Dam is located on the White River at the river mile 418.6 in Baxter and Marion counties, seven miles north of Cotter and 10 miles west of Mountain Home.
Click here to find links to topics such as safe rooms, rebuilding and repairing structures to make them more storm-resistant, different types of roofs, and dealing with mold. The site also has links to the ADEM Safe Room Rebate Program, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, Home Builders of Arkansas and more.
|Baxter County Quorum Court|
|Location:||2nd Floor Courtroom, Courthouse|
|Baxter County Personnel Committee (Postponed until after 01/01/2021)|
|Location:||3rd Floor Conf. Room Courthouse|
Check Your Smoke Alarms
The United States Fire Administration (USFA) encourages you to check your smoke alarms at least once a month, by pushing the test button on the alarm. USFA estimates that more than 2,500 people die in home fires each year in the United States largely due to non-functioning smoke alarms. A functioning smoke alarm can be the difference between life and death.
USFA offers these life-saving tips to protect your family from a home fire:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom;
Install interconnected smoke alarms in your home, so when one alarms sounds they all sound; and
Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or older.
You can find more information to protect your household against a fire on the USFA website.
We need your feedback. Please print and complete the form below to help us with planning updates for the county Hazard Mitigation Plan. Click the form image below to download the PDF survey form.
Tuesday, Oct. 27
9:30AM - 6:00PM
Master Plan Revision for Norfork Lake
Anyone who is a stakeholder in Norfork Lake should be aware that the Corps of Engineers is currently going through a Master Plan Revision for Norfork Lake. Comments can be made by clicking on this link. https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Planning/Norfork-Lake-Master-Plan-Revision/Comment-Card/Online-Comment-Card/
The public comment period is open from now until December 31, 2020.
This is your chance to provide input on what you would like to see for Norfork Lake. Are you able to access the lake in high water conditions? Do you struggle to find a place to park your boat and trailer? Do the campgrounds meet all of your needs? Do you know of a problem that needs to be addressed? Be sure to comment on things that you LOVE about Norfork Lake as well. If no one comments about a topic, they might not realize how important it is to you and may choose to end or close that service.
Important note: The MP will NOT address the management of lake levels. Lake levels are managed as part of an entire system including other lakes and rivers in the White River basin. The MP is only addressing Norfork Lake.
The MP guides the management of the government lands around our reservoirs. It also affects the future management of natural resources and recreational opportunities on Norfork Lake. The MP was developed over 33 years ago and has not been revisited in recent times.
Included below are links to information from the Corps, both the Press Release, as well as the Master Plan webpage. There is also a link to the Bull Shoals Master Plan process that was completed a couple years ago. It is likely that the Corps will strive for consistency between the two plans, and that may give you some ideas and insight. It is a large file, but in the process explanation, the Goals and Objectives section begins on page 54, with the goals defined on page 56. The Recreational Objectives begin on page 57. Economic Impact and other topics follow.
Master Plan process explanation for Bull Shoals Lake. Goals and objectives, pg. 54, etc. https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Portals/50/docs/planningandenvironmental/Bull Shoals MPR/Bull Shoals Final Master Plan_ALL.pdf
Finalized MP for Bull Shoals: https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Portals/50/docs/bullshoalslake/Bull Shoals SMP/Final SMP/Bull Shoals Lake SMP_FINAL.pdf?ver=2018-08-13-121931-253
Norfork Lake Master Plan Press Release: https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Media/News-Releases/Article/2416725/usace-seeks-public-input-for-norfork-lake-master-plan-revision-process/
Norfork Lake Master Plan webpage. Notice the gray "Submit A Comment" button on the left. Comments are due by December 31, 2020: https://www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/Planning/Norfork-Lake-Master-Plan-Revision/