Beaver Lake, Arkansas

Beaver Lake is located in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. This 31,700 acres lake is an impoundment on White River. Beaver Lake is approximately 50 miles long and has a 487 miles of shoreline. It was created in 1964 after completion of Beaver Dam, located around 9 miles northwest of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Other than primary purpose of flood control, hydroelectric power, and water supply Beaver Lake offers numerous recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, hunting, biking, hiking, fishing, swimming, scuba diving and boating. Limestone bluffs, natural caves, and a wide variety of trees and flowering shrubs occupy the natural shoreline of the lake.

Beautiful shoreline and numerous recreational activities at the lake make it is a popular tourist destination. Beaver Lake offers exceptional smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, and striped bass fishing. A healthy population of crappie, bream, white bass, and channel and spoonbill catfish is also found in the lake. Anglers can fish the lake from shore, a boat and even underwater with a spear and scuba gear. Several boat ramps are located at the lake for the boaters to launch their boats in the lake. Water sports lovers can enjoy a variety of water sports in the lake including jet skiing, waterskiing and speed boating. Exploring and wandering around in the Beaver Lake in a sailboat, paddleboat, canoe or kayak is an exceptional and enjoyable experience.

There are many swimming beaches around the lake. Crystal clear water Beaver Lake attracts many scuba diver to the lake. Divers can explore the normal sunken debris or search for the sculptures placed in the lake by the residents of Beaver Lake for the divers to find and explore. An underwater pumpkin carving contest is held in the fall every year at the lake, divers carve their pumpkins underwater and then bring them out on the surface for judging. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintains a variety of recreational facilities around the lake.

here are 12 developed parks with paved access road. These parks include 2,008 acres of campgrounds and over 650 individual campsites. Campers can select from a fully quipped modern campsite to a primitive campsite located around the lake. These parks include several picnic sites, shelters and playgrounds for the visitors. The Hobbs State Management Area borders 22 miles of Beaver Lake's shoreline. It is the largest state park in Arkansas and offers primitive access to the Beaver Lake. Hunters can enjoy the seasonal hunting in the park. It offers many other facilities to the visitors such as camping, firing range, wildlife viewing, horseback riding and hiking and biking trails to name a few. There are several hiking trails around the lake maintained by The US Army Corps of Engineers where joggers and bikers can enjoy birding and scenic views of the lake and surrounding.

Visitors can also find variety of accommodation including cabins, vacations rentals and hotels. Several privately owned marinas and boat houses are also located around the lake. Beaver lake attracts many visitors all year round and is a nature lover’s delight in every season.

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Things to do & local info

Local Info
Hiking Trails:
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail

Water Sports:
Splash, 2059 East Van Buren, Eureka Springs, AR 72632

State Parks
Alum Cove National Recreation Trail, Arkansas
Buffalo River State Park, Arkansas
Buffalo River State Wildlife Area, Arkansas
Bull Shoals State Park, Arkansas

View Points
Observation Tower
Inspiration Point

Fishing Guides and Charters
Trimble's Guide Service, 64 Breezewood Lane, Flippin 72634
Davy Wotton Fly Fishing, 1802 MC 7001, Flippin 72634
Sportsman's Resort, 458 MC 7004, Flippin 72634

Fishing Regulations and license information
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Fishing License Info

Closest Cities
Fayetteville, Arkansas

Closest Airports
Boone County Airport, Arkansas
Northwest Arkansas Regional, Arkansas

Regional Airports
Gastons Airport, Arkansas
Carroll County Airport, Arkansas
Searcy County Airport, Arkansas

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Restaurants in the vicinity
Gaskins Cabin Restaurant
Back Porch Restaurant
Horizon Restaurant
Crest Restaurant
Hylander Steak & Rib
Hotels in the vicinity
Fairwinds Mountain Cottages
Sugar Ridge Resort
Lake Shore Cabins
Riverview Resort
Pointe West Resort & Suites


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