Beaver Lake

beaver-lake-by-twi$tbarbieBeaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas is the water fun getaway just around the bend. Formed by a dam on the White River to control flooding, Beaver Lake Dam was built between 1960 and 1966 and flooded the valley, including the resort village of Monte Ne. During really dry spells you can still see parts of the resort buildings under the water.

There are 12 developed Army Corps of Engineer parks around the lake with a wide range of services, from showers and campsites to picnic tables and walking trails. Hobbs State-Park Conservation Area is nearby too, further extending what Beaver Lake has to offer for outdoor adventure.

To find out more information about campgrounds and hiking trails, be sure to check out Recreation.gov for all the info you need about the Corps parks that surround Beaver Lake. If you want a night of scary adventure, you can always camp out at the Monte Ne Amphitheater or near the Oklahoma Row Tower that once lead into a huge lodge that was the pride of the Monte Ne resort. They say it’s haunted by the ghost of W.H. “Coin” Harvey, the man behind Monte Ne.

But don’t think Beaver Lake is limited to just above-the-water activities! It’s a great place to learn to scuba dive because the rock bottom of the lake gives it clearer water than other lakes. And who doesn’t want to see a submerged resort town? There are even a few cars and a yellow submarine, as well as underwater bluffs and tons of fish to feed on a dive.

We recommend camping at one of the many Corps parks, spending some time hiking in the morning when it’s cool, and then going for a swim and enjoying the water until dusk. It’s a great way to stay cool this summer!

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