Remmel Dam at the Ouachita River

Remmel Dam at the Ouachita River

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Episode 3 of Summer 2024

Remmel Dam is situated on the Ouachita River at Jones Mills (Hot Spring County). It was constructed in 1924 by Arkansas Power and Light (AP&L), now Entergy, in response to the growing demand for electrical power in southern Arkansas and surrounding states. The dam impounds Lake Catherine and, together with Carpenter Dam in Hot Springs (Garland County), provides hydroelectric power for southern Arkansas. Part of a three-dam project on the Ouachita River along with Carpenter Dam (completed in 1931) and Blakely Mountain Dam (completed in 1953), it played an important role in the early development of AP&L.

source: Encyclopedia of Arkansas by Central Arkansas Library System

Entergy celebrated the dam’s 100th birthday recently by opening the place a limited number of days for tours. Dennis, armed with his drone, was able to capture some footage to show off the spectacle that is Remmel Dam, named after Colonel Harmon L. Remmel. Why? Because the Colonel helped the builder, Harvey Couch, the founder of AP&L get licensing and permits from Washington, D.C.

Enjoy the video tour of Remmel Dam on the Ouachita River. Happy 100th Birthday!

Randy Cantrell

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