25 Things to Do in Rogers #7: Play on Beaver Lake


Beaver Lake is nationally renowned for bass fishing and has even become a destination for many fishing tournaments.  Boating, scuba diving, water skiing, wake boarding, kayaking, swimming and picnicking are just as popular as fishing on Beaver Lake.  Suit up, grab the towels and sunscreen, and get to Beaver Lake for some fun in the sun!

About Beaver Lake

Beaver Lake was completed in 1966 and is nestled high in the Ozark Mountains.  The 28,370-acre lake has over 480 miles of shoreline highlighted by limestone bluffs.  Around the lake, there are over 2,000 acres of campgrouns and over 650 individual campsites.  Just down the road, Rogers boasts 21 hotels for group of all sizes.  

What to Do on the Lake

Wide open spaces on Beaver Lake leave plenty of room for tubing or exploring.  Other fun ways to enjoy the lake include a kayak trip around Bear and Deer Islands or set sail from Prairie Creek and head towards the dam.  Boats of all shapes and sizes, including ski boats, fishing boats, pontoons, houseboats, and sail boats, share the wide open water of Beaver Lake.  Many of the marinas offer boat rentals to fit budgets of all sizes.  If you would rather swim from shore, many of the lake's parks operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offer day passes for swimming. 

Beaver Lake is optimal for scuba diving because the water is deep and visibility is great making for interesting sites. Thanks to a rock bottom, the water is also crystal clear for snorkeling. Underwater bluffs and old foundations are a few of the hidden treasures of the lake. There are several lake-area businesses offering equipment, accessories and training.  
 

Types of Fish in Beaver Lake

Types of fish in Beaver Lake include:  Smallsmouth Bass, Largemounth Bass, Striper Bass, Crappie, Bream, White Bass, and Channel and Spoonbill Catfish.  The main river channel averages around 60 to 65 feet deep and is surrounded by flats that average from 10 to 30 feet in depth.  The hybrid daily limit is three on Beaver Lake.
 


Boat Rentals/Marinas

Prairie Creek Marina
1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 925-1623

Horseshoe Bend Marina
16168 East Highway 94
Rogers, AR 72758
(479) 925-1545

Rocky Branch Marina
8872 Rocky Branch Marina Road
Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 925-1300

Hickory Creek Marina
12737 Hickory Creek Road
Lowell, AR 72745
(479) 751-7366

How to Get There

From Rogers, access to Beaver Lake is quick and easy on Scenic Highway 12 East, which leads to Prairie Creek Recreation Area and Marina and Rocky Branch Marina and Recreation Area. Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area and Hickory Creek Recreation Area along with a ramp at Monte Ne are the closest lake-access points to Lowell.