Renovation and restoration of Dam No. 3 on the Spring River near Mammoth Spring has been completed. Work began earlier this year on the 100-year-old structure.
The dam and gate system provides water for the Jim Hinkle Spring River State Fish Hatchery. The dam had been inoperable since 2009 and caused trout production at the hatchery to decline.
Construction cost on the repairs totaled $3,150,000. Contractor for the project was ASI Constructors, Inc. from Pueblo West, Colorado. Crist Engineers, Inc. of Little Rock was the consulting engineer.
Jim Hinkle State Fish Hatchery is Arkansas’s only state-owned trout hatchery and produces 1 million catchable-size trout for Arkansas waters annually.
For more information on the hatchery, call 877-625-7521.