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Beaver Lake Overview

Beaver Lake is the first lake in the White River Chain of lakes, located in northwest Arkansas.  The region's rugged terrain leans the lake's shores to sheer bluffs and overhangs as well as a beautiful combination of hardwood and soft pine trees.  The lack of development on its banks gives this lake a serene feel whether you are fishing or boating its clear, clean waters.

Beaver is best known for its population of striped and hybrid bass. These fish do not naturally reproduce in Beaver Lake, but the Arkansas Fish and Game has stocked about 200,000 fingerlings annually since 1967, just a couple of years after the dam was built.  Beaver has produced several state record monsters including the last lake record of 57 pounds, caught by Holt Holyfield of Rogers, AR,  in 1999.  The current state record was caught below Beaver Lake in its tailwater and it weighed 74 pounds, eight ounces, caught by Jeff Fletcher in 2000.  Hybrid bass are stocked in Beaver every three to four years.

There are two distinct parts of Beaver Lake, the north and south regions.  The south region is known for its muddy water because most of the inflow runoff comes from the White River and Richland and War Eagle creeks.  During heavy runoff periods, the water from these and other rivers and creeks runs muddy, pushing dingy water into the lake from the south.  The north side of the lake, though, stays pretty clear, many times of the year it is gin-clear.  This difference must be taken in account when fishing these areas.

Don't count out other game species in Beaver. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fishing is excellent, as well as white bass and crappie.  The professional bass tours take their turns every year at Beaver, and for good reason.  Its beauty is only matched by its great fishing possibilities and enhanced by the activities around the area-- Eureka Springs, the Passion Play and Pea Ridge National Military Park.

Fishing Chart, provided by Scott Bice (Fin and Feather on OAF, 2014)

Beaver Lake Fishing Chart 2

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Beaver Lake Fishing Chart 1

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2014 Live Bait Laws for Beaver Lake:

Transporting bait out of Missouri

Live bait taken from public waters of Missouri may not be sold or transported from the state.


Live Bait from Grand Lake Oklahoma

See page 37


Arkansas Game and Fish Bait regulations

Pages 30 and 31


State Record Fish
Paddlefish - 102 pounds, 8 ounces  caught by Michael Curran Rogers  on March 22, 2007


Beaver Lake Map (Corp PDF)

Beaver Lake Top Flood Pool: 1130.0 feet
Top Power Pool: 1120.4 feet
Bottom Power Pool: 1077.0 feet
Beaver Lake and Tailwater Levels~~ Call for real time generation - 417-336-5083

Southwest Power Administration Site for Daily Generation Schedule

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River Levels

White River near Fayetteville, AR

Richland Creek at Goshen, AR

War Eagle Creek near Hindsville, AR

West Fork White River east of Fayetteville, AR


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

Holiday Island Marina
Holiday Island Marina serves the recreational needs of Holiday Island, a planned vacation community located in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. Featuring a variety of amenities, including an 18-hole golf course, Holiday Island is the perfect vacation destination.

Horseshoe Bend Marina
HorseShoe Bend Marina has the camping and recreational services and supplies that you've been looking for. We feature a primitive or RV campsite, as well as land and water excursion tours. Boat slips are available for rent, so contact us today.

Lost Bridge Marina
Located conveniently between Eureka Springs and Rogers, Lost Bridge Marina is the premier recreation site on Beaver Lake, near the Beaver Lake Dam Site Campground, Indian Creek Campground, and of course Lost Bridge North and South Campgrounds. It is a full-service facility, open throughout the year, offering many amenities to visitors.

Prairie Creek Marina
The best memories on the lake begin with a great experience. That's why we make it our mission to consistently provide you with the best service we possibly can. From high-quality rental boats to wet slips and boat lifts, we also offer Beaver Lake's only floating restaurant. We are the only marina to utilize ValvTect®-certified marine fuels – the best available for boats. Whether you're looking for a lake outing that's fun, relaxing or both, we encourage you to come see just how easy and enjoyable we can make your boating experience.

Starkey Boat Dock & Marina
Starkey Marina is located 13 miles west of Eureka Springs Arkansas on beautiful Beaver Lake. Beaver Lake is nestled in the Ozark mountains with a variety of scenic views and the clear blue water of the lake is the perfect place to come for a day, week, or weekend of fun and relaxation from the busy everyday world. With the lake's 480 miles of shore line and many secluded coves one can lose themselves in the beauty of the surrounding hills.

War Eagle Marina

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