Local Lakes for Northwest Arkansas

local lakesIt’s hot, it’s a while till the weekend sets you free for camping or long hikes, so it’s the perfect day to go to the lake!

You can head to the lake after work and get fresh air, some refreshing water time, and a whole new feeling about life. Northwest Arkansas is fortunate in having quite a few lakes worth visiting. Here are a few of our favorites:

    • Beaver Lake is the biggest and best of the local lakes. Head up to Rogers and take Highway 12 to get started — as you can see from the map, it’s a big lake with lots of good places to get access. Hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, and playing around are all good choices for a Beaver Lake visit.


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    • Lake Fayetteville has a 5.5 mile woodland hiking trail that passes the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks, making it a particularly nice blend of rural and urban pleasures. There are parks, a softball field, and some great fishing holes.


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  • Lake Sequoyah has a couple of nature trails, a boat dock, and fine scenery. Word is that fishing isn’t what it used to be there, but that’s only if your main goal is catching fish. Relaxing with a fishing pole on a summer’s evening is still very nice at Lake Sequoyah.

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  • Lake Wedington is in the Ozark National Forest, and it has an excellent hiking trial, a grassy swimming area, paddle boats, and campgrounds with indoor plumbing. Go ahead and get yourself a campsite, make dinner, toast some marshmallows, and enjoy the scenery even if you have to go home tonight and get ready for work tomorrow.


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