Beaver Lake
Guide

Introduction

Featuring limestone bluffs and natural caves, Beaver Lake, a US Army Corps of Engineers park nestled in the Ozark Mountains, is a paradise for nature lovers and RV campers. This lake park, located northeast of Fayetteville, Arkansas, offers year-round excitement to campers and visitors and can be accessed easily via a network of highways and roads.
There are modern campgrounds with recreational facilities within this US Army COE park, in addition to campsites equipped with electric, water, and sewer hookups for RVs and trailers. Some of the amenities available include fire rings, flush toilets, picnic areas, dump stations, and potable water. Playgrounds and boat launch ramps, as well as marinas, are also available.
Things to do at Beaver Lake include boating, scuba diving, paddling, and skiing on the lake; angling for bass and other fish; hunting wildlife on land and water; and sharing meals with family and friends. Several trails are also present for hikers and other trail users to enjoy. Designated swimming beaches are also open for recreation.
Nearby attractions include Pea Ridge National Military Park and Hobbs State Park Conservation Area.

RV Rentals in Beaver Lake

Transportation

Driving

Located about 22 miles northeast of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Beaver Lake is an easy-to-access COE park that is linked by highways, major and minor roads, as well as local routes. This, therefore, makes it easy for guests and vacationers to drive to the park in their rigs and vehicles. Equipment rentals are available around Pea Ridge National Military Park and Hobbs State Park Conservation Area.

Parking

Lots of room to park RVs, trailers, and other motorized vehicles are available at Beaver Lake. The campgrounds feature parking pads and spaces and so do the recreation areas within the park. Overnight parking facilities are also available.

Public Transportation

There are no direct public transportation services to Beaver Lake.

Campgrounds and parking in Beaver Lake

Campsites in Beaver Lake

Reservations camping

Dam Site Lake

Open between April and October (peak season) and available by reservation. Dam Site Lake is a pet-friendly campground that sits on the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites in the campground are large and consist of amenities such as fire rings, flush toilets, picnic areas, and potable water.
There are 47 campsites in this campground, all of which are equipped with electric hookups. Water hookups are available in two campsites, while one campsite has sewer hookups. The RV length limit at this campground is 67 feet. Facilities such as playgrounds and boat launch are present.

Dam Site River

Dam Site River Campground consists of 58 pet-friendly campsites that are open between April and October, and available by reservation. All the campsites in the campground are equipped with electric hookups, while 12 campsites have water hookups.
Campsite amenities include a dump station, toilets, potable water, and fire rings. A boat launch and playground are also present.
RVs and trailers longer than 128 feet cannot be accommodated within the campground.

Hickory Creek

Hickory Creek Campground features pet-friendly campsites that sit along the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites within the campground consist of picnic areas, campfire rings, flush toilets, and potable water. Group shelters are also available for family events and large gatherings.
The 61 campsites in the campground all have electric hookups, while water and sewer hookups are present in one campsite. RV/trailer length limit within the campground is 136 feet.
Reservations are accepted, and the campsites are open between April and October.

Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend Campground has 187 campsites that accommodate pets, tents, and RVs. The campsites can be reserved and are open between April and October (peak season). Amenities within the campground include a playground, flush toilets, picnic areas, fire rings, and potable water. Three group picnic areas are also available for events.
All the campsites in the campground have electric hookups, while 21 campsites have water hookups. RVs and trailers longer than 110 feet cannot be accommodated within the campground.

Indian Creek

Indian Creek Campground features pet-friendly campsites that sit along the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites within the campground consist of picnic areas, campfire rings, flush toilets, and potable water.

The 33 campsites in the campground all have electric hookups. RV/trailer length limit within the campground is 180 feet.

Reservations are accepted and the campsites are open between May and September.

Lost Bridge North

Open between April and September (peak season) and available by reservation, Lost Bridge North is a pet-friendly campground that sits on the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites in the campground are spacious and consist of amenities such as fire rings, flush toilets, picnic areas, and potable water.

There are 49 campsites in this campground, all of which are equipped with electric hookups. The RV length limit at this campground is 103 feet. Facilities such as playgrounds and boat launch are present.

Lost Bridge South

Lost Bridge South Campground consists of 36 pet-friendly campsites that are open between May and September, and available by reservation. All the campsites in the campground are equipped with electric hookups, while 22 campsites have water hookups.

Campsite amenities include dump stations, toilets, potable water, and fire rings. A boat launch and playground are also present.

RVs and trailers longer than 55 feet cannot be accommodated within the campground.

Prairie Creek

Prairie Creek Campground features pet-friendly campsites located on the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites within the campground consist of picnic areas, campfire rings, flush toilets, lantern poles, and potable water. Group shelters are also available for family events and large gatherings.

Of the 114 campsites in the campground, 107 sites have electric hookups, while water hookups are present in eight campsites. RV/trailer length limit within the campground is 84 feet.

Reservations are accepted and the campsites are open between April and October.

Rocky Branch

Rocky Branch Campground features pet-friendly campsites with shade along the shore of Beaver Lake. The campsites within the campground consist of picnic areas, campfire rings, flush toilets, dump station and potable water.

The 41 campsites in the campground all have electric hookups. RV/trailer length limit within the campground is 100 feet.

Reservations are accepted and the campsites are open between May and October.

Starkey

Starkey Campground has 23 campsites which accommodate pets, tents, and RVs. The campsites can be reserved and are open between May and September (peak season). Amenities within the campground include a playground, flush toilets, picnic areas, fire rings and potable water.

All the campsites in the campground have electric hookups, while 8 campsites have water hookups. Seven sites are equipped with sewer hookups. RVs and trailers longer than 78 feet cannot be accommodated within the campground.

War Eagle

War Eagle Campground has 26 campsites which accommodate pets, tents, and RVs. The campsites can be reserved and are open between May and September (peak season). Amenities within the campground include a playground, flush toilets, picnic areas, fire rings and potable water.

All the campsites in the campground have electric hookups, while 8 campsites have water hookups. Seven sites are equipped with sewer hookups. RVs and trailers longer than 57 feet cannot be accommodated within the campground.

Seasonal activities in Beaver Lake

In-Season

Fishing

Whether your preference is to fish from the bank of the lake with a worm, or from a boat, you’ve got nothing to worry about at Beaver Lake because you’ll be able to enjoy angling just the way you want. Even more, fly fishing opportunities are available below the dam in the park. With more than 43 square miles of water present in the park, year-round pleasure fishing is open to all anglers. Fish species available in the lake include, but are not limited to, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, white bass, catfish, and crappie.

Hiking

Numerous opportunities to enjoy hiking adventures abound at Beaver Lake along the nature trails that are present within the park’s areas. Various hiking options are available to explorers on the trails within and around the camping areas in the park.
Some of the fascinating trails include Bench Rock Nature Trail at Indian Creek Park, Fishtrap Nature Trail at Lost Bridge South, Lost Bridge Hiking Trail at Lost Bridge North, Dogwood Trail at the Dam Site Overlook, Rimrock at Prairie Creek Park, Tranquil Timbers Trail at Horseshoe Bend Park, and Pine Ridge Trail at Rocky Branch Park. Besides, a multi-use trail is available for bikers’ and joggers’ pleasure.

Boating

Thanks to the more than 43 square miles of clear, beautiful water present at Beaver Lake to explore, campers and visitors make this park their prime destination for water-based recreation. Be it boating, skiing, paddling, or scuba diving, you’ll never run out of fun things to do on the park’s waters. What’s more, there are supplies and services available for boaters at the marinas within the park. In addition, boat ramps are also available for those that wish to enjoy time on the lake.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Picnics at Beaver Lake are always memorable! This is because there are both reservable and non-reservable picnic shelters distributed around the park’s areas. All the camping areas in the park are equipped with picnic shelters so that you can stroll from your site to enjoy the meal. Picnic facilities include tables, canopies, grills, restrooms, and water hydrants. Moreover, open fields, swimming areas, and playgrounds are located adjacent to picnic areas for enhanced recreation for picnickers.

Hunting

If you’re a lover of hunting, then you should visit Beaver Lake because there are vast public hunting lands available, as well as water hunting opportunities. Not only is hunting allowed, but so is trapping. At the park, huntable game includes deer, turkey, beaver, and squirrel. Arkansas and Federal hunting laws and regulations govern hunting in the park. The Beaver Lake Wildlife Management Area around this COE park is open to hunting enthusiasts.

Swimming

If you fancy swimming during your time at Beaver Lake, then you should swim at any of the designated swimming beaches within the park’s boundaries.

At these beaches, you’ll find safety features such as floating lines and notices to keep boats out. Still, if you’ll be venturing into the beach, you should stay safe. Areas designated as “No Swim” should be avoided, and so should boat ramps. The life jacket loaner program in the park is there for swimmers’ safety.

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