Norfork Lake

When’s the Best Time of Year to Visit Norfork Lake?

What things do you want to do on and around Norfork Lake? This question is a good place to begin when putting together your vacation. You see, how you answer this question can impact what time of year is the best to visit Norfork Lake. Below, we break down the different seasons of the year and the kinds of trips that you can take, because Norfork Lake is really a year-round destination.


Summer is, of course, one of the most active seasons on Norfork Lake. It’s the best time to catch some sun out on the lake or by one of the pools at the resorts and hotels. If you’re hoping to do a lot of swimming, then summer is definitely the time of year you’ll want to schedule your trip for. But summer is also just the beginning of the year-round activity the Norfork area offers.


It's hard to beat the beautiful trees and leaves found in The Ozarks in the fall. The Norfork Lake area features mile upon miles of shoreline and trail to explore via hiking, biking, and horseback. Autumn on Norfork Lake is the perfect backdrop for a stay at one of the nearby cottages or cabins. This time of year is also one of the best for picture taking, bird watching, and hunting. Also, don’t rule out the water sports, as the lake is still perfectly enjoyable with a wetsuit.


Winter is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the fishing on Norfork Lake. The lake is home to a wide variety of fish, including catfish, bass, crappie, walleye, and bream. Also, you might be lucky enough to enjoy a little snow on a trip to Norfork in the winter. There’s nothing like a warm fire at one of the cottages or cabins with the wintery serenity of the woods all around.


Spring is prime time to enjoy all of the wildlife and plant life Norfork Lake has to offer. It’s also a great time of year to hit the trails for some hiking and exploring. Spring is also the time of year when you can get back on the lake after winter (with or without a wetsuit, depending how warm it is) and enjoy the boating, water skiing, and other activities you can find via the area marinas.

Any way you look at it, any time of year is a unique and great time for a getaway to Norfork Lake. From houseboats to camping and from hiking boots to water skis; grab your gear and discover a new way to stay on Norfork in the Ozarks.