- Outdoor activities in the Hobbs State Park
- Hiking trails like the Van Winkle
- Exploring the McGregor Park Visitor Center
- Diving to the remains of Monte Ne
- The Bike, Blues and BBQ Rally
The shoreline and countryside of Beaver Lake are dotted with cabins and houses, making it a beautiful and relaxing spot to take a vacation rental. Rustic wood-clad cabins with just one or two rooms are ideal as romantic retreats while larger properties have plenty of room for all your family and friends.A cosy rustic cabin at Beaver Lake
While rustic on the outside, your Beaver Lake cabin will be cozy on the inside whatever the season. Every vacation rental is fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy a comfortable home from home and prepare tasty meals and snacks.
Beaver Lake sits high in the Ozark Mountains North Arkansas. It is a huge reservoir created when the Beaver Dam was built to block the White River as it flows down from the mountains. With many miles of shoreline, natural caves, and towering peaks, the Beaver Lake area is a perfect vacation destination for outdoor enthusiasts.Submerging the past to create the future
Conceived in 1944, the Beaver Dam was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers between 1960 and 1966. The White River valley was flooded taking with it the historic resort town of Monte Ne. A health resort, Monte Ne was built in the early 20th-century but the only visitors who see it today are scuba divers. Power generation using the dam began in 1965 and continues to this day.Getting there
Commercial flights land at Springfield - Branson Airport in Missouri, around 100 miles from Beaver Lake. US Route 62 runs alongside the north and west shores of the lake while Arkansas Highway 12 runs along its length.
When the Beaver Dam was constructed the Hobbs State Park was also created. Open all year round and lying just south of the lake, the park is crisscrossed with cycling, hiking and horseriding trails as well as having shooting ranges, picnic areas, and ramps for launching recreational boats into the water.A destination for walkers
One of the most popular activities enjoyed by visitors to Beaver Lake is taking in the spectacular scenery as they hike through the mountainous countryside. A variety of hiking routes are clearly marked such as the Shaddox Hollow and the Pigeon Roost trails. Guided tours of the Hidden Diversity Multi-Use Trail can be taken while the Van Winkle Trail is accessible to wheelchair users.A fishing destination
Beaver Lake is well stocked with a wide variety of fish species including bass, bream, crappie, and catfish. There are eight national bass fishing tournaments held at Beaver Lake each year while visitors can enjoy both clear-water line fishing and fishing from dinghies. If you are a fishing enthusiast then you will find a prime spot where the River War Eagle meets the White River.
Creating Beaver Lake was an enormous undertaking. It has 483 miles of shoreline, an elevation of 1,130 feet, and a staggering capacity of 636 billion gallons of water.
At the McGregor Park Visitor Center you can find out all about the dam and its construction as well as discovering the native wildlife and flora of the area. There are also plenty of hands-on activities for younger visitors to enjoy.2. See what is under the surface
Beaver Lake is becoming increasingly popular as a scuba-diving destination. The waters can be explored to depths of up to 300-feet near the dam while the clarity of the water means the ruins of Monte Ne are clearly visible to divers.3. Spend a day in historic Eureka Springs
Eureka Springs has won many awards for the careful historic preservation of its town center. Its hilly streets are lined with Victorian homes while every building in the town's downtown district is on the National Register of Historic Places.4. A scenic train journey
Once a busy commercial line, the Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway is now a heritage route. Starting at Eureka Springs this steam train line takes you on a journey through the beautifully scenic countryside.5. A day at the beach
Although Arkansas is a landlocked state, safe sandy beaches have been created at many points around Beaver Lake's shoreline. They provide the perfect spot for a relaxing day of family beach fun.
Every September sees the Bikes, Blues and BBQ Rally at Fayetteville, just a short drive from Beaver Lake. This event is recognized as the largest charity motorbike rally in the world. It is an extravaganza of competitions, live music, great food and noisy family fun.