Beaver Lake, completed in 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is fed by the headwaters of the White River and fills a series of wooded valleys in the northwest corner of the state, between Fayetteville and Eureka Springs. Surface acreage totals almost 30,000 acres and the shoreline twists and turns for 450-miles.
Taking advantage of the natural and scenic beauty, the Corps on Engineers has constructed a variety of recreational facilities around Beaver Lake. Paved access roads wind through 12 developed parks. Other facilities such as picnic sites, swimming beaches, hiking trails and boat launch ramps are also available in the parks. Seven Corps of Engineers parks contain year-round commercial marinas providing grocery items, fuel, boat rentals, boat storage and other supplies.
Beaver Lake provides year-round fishing for anglers who try their luck at catching large and small mouth bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, white bass, strippers and catfish. Just below the dam, the bone-chilling waters of the upper White River provide the perfect habitat for pole-bending rainbow trout and German brown trout.
The Grassy Knob area of Beaver Lake, about 10 miles west of Eureka Springs from Hwy 62, is home to more than 700 residents in several subdivisions including Highland Park, Lake Forest, Honey Creek, Mundell Heights, Panorama Shores and Point Mirage, to name a few.
The Grassy Knob Community Center, part of the Grassy Knob Volunteer Firehouse, is a popular meeting place for scheduled activities throughout the year.
Other lake area properties can be found south of Eureka Springs, off Hwy 23 South, in the North Clifty and Big Clifty branches of Beaver Lake. Planned subdivisions with protective covenants as well as unrestricted parcels of various sizes provide something for everyone seeking a relaxed lifestyle on one of the country's most beautiful lakes.
In The News:
10 Best Places to Live and Boat, By Mike Taylor
Boating Life, July/August 2007
Ten years ago, Benton County was a little boating secret in the Ozark Mountains. The secret's out. Benton is the third-fastest- growing county in the United States, due in large part to the clean environment, improving economy and accessibility of 30,000 acres of boatable water.
"We're known for our smooth clear lakes around here," says Kevin Callahan, owner of Horseshoe Bend Marina on Beaver Lake. "There's always a bunch of recreational boating going on, and a little diving too."
Beaver Lake, which stretches 90 miles, is the most popular spot for boaters, and residential development has exploded there. Eagle's Bluff, for example, has recently acquired 2,355 lakefront acres on which to build houses. To top it off, the boating season is pretty much year-round, dipping only when a "blue norther" rolls in.
Scorecard (Scale of 1-5)
Waterfront Availability: 5
Ease for Boaters: 5
Strong Boat-Related Business: 3
Number of Good Boating Days: 4