Boating, skiing, fshing, swimming and just plain relaxing are popular pursuits at Beaver Lake!
Beaver Lake, completed in 1966 and nestled high in the Ozark Mountains,
is located in northwest Arkansas, the birthplace of the White River. The
28,370-acre lake is the frst of the impoundments created in Arkansas
and Missouri along the lengthy White River system.
Taking advantage of the natural scenic beauty, the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers has constructed a variety of recreational facilities. Paved access
roads wind through 12 developed parks. There are 2,008 acres of
campgrounds and over 650 individual campsites. Visitors can enjoy
such conveniences as electricity and fre-rings. Drinking water, showers
and restrooms are nearby. Other facilities -- picnic sites, swimming
beaches, hiking trails, boat launching ramps, sanitary dump stations,
group picnic shelters and amphitheaters -- are also available in the parks.
With 487 miles of shoreline highlighted by limestone bluffs, Beaver
Lake offers a world of recreational opportunities. Marinas and outftters
are plentiful. Cabins, resorts and other lodging ring the lake, and camp-
grounds are also available in good number.
Fishing: Beaver Lake offers small mouth bass fshing, largemouth bass
fshing, and striper bass fshing, not to mention plentiful supplies of crappie, bream, white bass, channel and spoonbill
catfsh. Beaver supports healthy populations for fall striped and hybrid striped bass. November serves up fast-paced
action for both of these hard-hitting sportfsh. The lake offers clear-water fshing at its north end and dingy water fshing
in the tributaries fowing in from the south. When quick rises in its level move muddy water northward, the lake’s
midsection often produces outstanding shallow-water fshing.
Beaver Lake has given up several 40-pound-plus state-record stripers.
In spring, these huge fsh may be scattered all over the lake, but there
are some areas and methods you can count on. One prime hot spot
encompasses the huge fats near where the White River and War Eagle
join in the upper portion of Beaver. The main river channel averages
hat average from 10 to 30 feet in depth. Beaver’s spring stripers always
can be found somewhere in this vicinity.
Creek mouths are among the best striper and hybrid fshing areas on
28,000-acre Beaver Lake, especially in summer. Some worth checking
out include War Eagle Creek, the White River, Ford’s Creek, Cedar Creek
and Rambo Creek. The hybrid daily limit is three on Beaver LaThree-fourths of Beaver Lake is in Benton County, the remainder in
Carroll County. For more information call 479-636-1210 or visit us
online at www.arkansas.com.