Probably time to revisit this again. I'd say this week for sure the high water mark is well over the area they are claiming as part of their property. After the flood in 2008 they went out and constructed a dam to prevent the river from running on the river right side of the island. This dam literally cuts out over a MILE of Norfork river.
Here are a couple of pictures of the dam and the area that has been blocked. It opened up in 2008 and was quickly filled in before the anyone stopped it. The area is open again with the high water and is flowing freely.
If you want to pull it up on Google Earth the lat/long is 36.243925, -92.254204. The current image is apparently on dead low water and shows water standing in dead pools. The images below are on what is apparently one unit. You can see that water backs up into the channel with even a little bit of flow.
Below are some recent pictures sent to me by someone floating through the area with the private dam open and not diverting the river.
As you can see there are riffles, grass beds, gravel for spawning areas, plunge pools, logs, etc. basically it is 1.1 miles () of Norfork habitat that is all but dried out by the natural flow of the river being diverted.
At a very minimum this needs to have a low water crossing installed in lieu of completely diverting the flow of the Norfork.
The washed out portion of the earthen dam at the bottom of the resort pool.
This is the same view only farther out. You can still see boat docks in the pictures.
The back side of the washed out dam with natural flow coming through.
A plunge pool has formed but would very quickly be a gravel bed.
A long gravel bed. Great spawning area. Probably due to the flood in 2008.
A series of grass beds and pot holes.
The herons and eagles nest in this area. The heron nesting area is the largest on both rivers. Beautiful water.
The water as it rejoins the river at the bottom of the island.