BoatTest.com’s  Top 10 list of the most researched boats in 2009 was so popular with readers we have decided to do it again for the first half of 2010. The amazing thing is how much of it changed, even though some boats scored high in both time periods. Boaters who do research at BoatTEST.com are generally the most knowledgeable boat buyers because they are looking at all aspects of the choices in any given type and class of boat and they are seeking 3rd party input. Boats that have the most interest are ones that more people will be buying than would otherwise, in many cases. In some cases, high interest indicates a coming trend, a styling or function preference, or significant curiosity. Because BoatTEST.com lists basic specs on over 6,000 powerboats, has captain’s reports or reviews on nearly 2,000 boats of all sizes from 15′ to 120′, 4,000 marine videos on boats and related subjects, and about 2,500 detailed owners reports, as well as links from new boats to used boat prices in our 130,000 classified listings, there is simply a treasure trove of buying information to be mined on this site. We urge you to take a moment to look at the Top Ten lists below to see what our other readers are researching. Full Story.


4th of July Fireworks Displays on the lake


  • July3rd – Free Fireworks display at dusk at “Ugly John’s Rocky Branch Marina”  call (479) 925-1300 for more information
  • July 2nd – The ninth Annual  Trails End Resort Show Free Fireworks display at dusk…just south of Market 8, only viewable from boats due to water levels.  Call (479) 359-3912 for details.
  • July 3rd – Lost Bridge Village Community Association Free Fireworks display at 9:15pm located at 11636 Dogwood Drive, Garfield.  Call (479) 359-3204 for more infomation.

Formula 353 FASTech

Capt. Steve gives a step-by-step description of breaking the 80 mph barrier.

At Formula, the recipe of simply adding horsepower to get face-flattening speed wasn’t good enough. They decided that anybody could build a go-fast boat with enough horsepower and a stripped-out light boat that was a one-trick pony. So Formula decided that they would go fast the hard way — in comfort with style and class. Formula has four high-performance models and the newest of them is the 353 FAS³Tech. But how fast is fast? And, what kind of skill does it really take to handle one of these waterborne Indy racers? To find out we sent Capt. Steve over to Formula’s new Long Island, New York facility and we asked him to test the boat. We also wanted to check out the Formula difference in fit-and-finish, amenities and creature comforts to see if the Formula 353 was up to the other boats in its line. Away we go…

Ton and a half of trash collected during West Fork cleanup

News — By Christopher Spencer on June 29, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Volunteers load trash at West Fork Cleanup on June 5, 2010.

On June 5, 96 volunteers collected approximately 1.52 tons or 3,040 pounds of trash and recyclables – including 28 passenger tires and two semi-truck tires – from the West Fork-White River during the 5th Annual West Fork Watershed Celebration & Cleanup.

“We collected 1,000 more pounds of debris this year than last year,” said Nicole Hardiman, interim administrator for the Beaver Watershed Alliance, a new partner in the event this year. Hardiman chaired this year’s planning committee.

“Other items pulled from the river included the shell of a big screen television set, as well as a newspaper dispensing box,” she said.

Riverside Park in downtown West Fork served as headquarters again this year. The cleanup began at 8 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m., when volunteers were treated to a BBQ chicken lunch with all the fixings, as well as music from Bernice and Bryan Hembree and door prizes from numerous contributors.

Those in attendance also had the opportunity to visit with a handful of exhibitors who provided games and education. Exhibitors included the Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, the Arkansas Watershed Advisory Group, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Audubon Arkansas, Beaver Water District, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Arkansas Stream Team, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Washington County’s Conservation District, and Washington County Environmental Affairs.

“The cleanup brings attention to the need to take care of the West Fork of the White River,” Hardiman said. “This tributary flows into Beaver Lake, which is our supply of drinking water. We hold the cleanup as a way to continue to protect our source of drinking water and protect wildlife habitats.”

Cleanup volunteers included teams of youth and adults from the Church of Latter Day Saints-Fayetteville, the Ozark Society, the Arkansas Canoe Club, and Washington County 4-H.

This year’s event partners included the West Fork Watershed Alliance, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas Stream Team, Beaver Watershed Alliance, Watershed Conservation Resource Center, Washington County Environmental Affairs, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, and Beaver Water District. Sponsors included the City of Fayetteville, the City of West Fork, Audubon Arkansas, Bank of Fayetteville, Arvest Bank, Tyson Foods, Pack Rat, Waste Management and Keep Arkansas Beautiful.

For more information, contact Hardiman at 422-1014.

The hottest weather in over twenty years didn’t slow down the group from www.CrownieHQ.net  last week  Over 45 members from all over the US- including MN, KY, IL, TX, MO, IN, KS and AR, attended the 2010 National Rally.

The group kicked off the Rally Saturday the 19th, with an outstanding performance by NW Arkansas’ own L Street band at the Rocky Branch Resort.  During the following week The boaters visited popular hangouts on the lake, from War Eagle & Monte Ne to Hogscald, Pine Top and the Dam area,  sometimes putting over 70 miles on their boats a day!  “Everyone had a great time, and the lake was beautiful- very clean” “The National Rally is a great way to see old friends, and make new ones”

For information on Crownie HQ or the National Rally please visit http://www.crowniehq.net.  To see pictures of the event visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/manage/#!/pages/Beaver-Lake-Boaters/116861775015877?v=app_4949752878


Beaver Lake Striper Last Week                  Crappie & Bass at Holiday Island

Holiday Island waters pretty warm, look for fish in shade when suns up, they like it too. Bass are still hitting top early. Deep later in day. It’s the best time for Big Blue Gill in 5-15ft water all over. Just get some worms with or with out floats, or small poppers. (Great time to teach a kid to fish). If have night crawlers to spare, hook a whole one like a plastic worm, cast out with split shot, let sink to 14 feet or bottom, work back slowly lifting rod up & down. Might get some bass, or walleye in the mix. Most walleye are being caught trolling deep diving plugs & slow moving jigs tipped with a minnow or night crawler. 14-18 ft. Crappie are deep 12-18 ft in standing timber & sunken brush, try minnows or jigs. Keep a small spoon tied on just in case the white bass school up on you. They’re feeding on small minnows.


5-12 inch Gizzard shad or shiners kept cool and dropped fast 28-40 ft are catching most fish from the dam to rocky branch, Some fish will still come to top & hit a top water bait early, but their holding deep in the cooler water. Jigs & spoons can also work or trolling umbrellas, big deep diving plugs or bombers on downriggers should find you some of these big fish.

(479) 253-2258 or 981-3870
Robert Johnson.


During the past week, we have had no measurable rain, moderate winds and brutally high temperatures (in excess of 100 degrees). The Corps of Engineers has continued its aggressive drawdown of the lakes.

In addition, the heat wave has created a call for more generation during peak demand times to supply the power for increased air-conditioner usage. The lake level at Bull Shoals Dam fell 3.3 feet to rest at 4.8 feet above the power pool of 654 feet.

This is 36.2 feet below the top of the flood pool. Upstream, Table Rock Lake fell 0.2 of a foot to rest at 1.8 feet above the power pool or 14.2 feet below the top of the flood pool.

Beaver Lake fell 0.5 of a foot to rest at 4.2 feet above the power pool or 5.4 feet below the top of the flood pool. On the White, we have had round-the-clock generation with no wadable water.

Norfork Lake fell 2 feet to rest at 4.3 feet above the power pool of 552 feet or 23.7 feet below the top of the flood pool. On the North Fork, we have had round-the-clock generation with a couple of brief periods of no generation (at night). Based on the speed that they are drawing down the lakes, I estimate that it will take two weeks to complete.

On the higher flows we have been receiving; the key to success has been to fish brightly colored San Juan worms (red, hot fluorescent pink and cerise) and egg patterns (peach and orange). You will need long tippet leader combinations (up to twelve feet) and plenty of lead (AAA split shot). One of the most successful tactics has been to fish droppers.

Rig a San Juan worm or egg as you normally would. Then tie a 20-inch 5X tippet to the bend of the hook (use an improved clinch knot) on the worm and tie a small nymph (try a copper John) on the tag end. Fish as you normally would. Most fish will be caught on the nymph.

Another effective technique for high water is to bang the bank with large streamers (try zoo cougars or large sculpin patterns). You will need to use fast-sinking sink-tips (250 to 300 grains). To handle this line you will need at least an eight-weight fly rod.


After the flash flooding at Albert Pike park rangers in Northwest Arkansas are reevaluating their own emergency response system.

“It’s a good time to reflect on that, go through some safety equipment that we have, radios, make sure everything is working,” said Alan Bland, Park Ranger for Beaver Lake.

The lake has more than 600 camp sites spread out among 50 miles of shoreline.

Rhonda Welkley is camping with her six grandchildren at War Eagle. She said they are being extra cautious after see the flooding at Albert Pike.

“We’re usually on the river over there and we figured with all the rain we’d be safer, bring the grandkids and come over here that way we’ll be higher up, not have to worry about it,” said Welkley.

However, Beaver Lake has had their own flooding issues in the past. Rangers recommend all campers have a cell phone or radio to stay alert to weather reports. The rangers are also in constant communication with the National Weather Service. They’ll force campers to evacuate if there’s an emergency.

“In our vehicle we have a PA speaker so we can go through the camp ground, three to four in the morning, ‘hey evacuate you need to get out,'” said Bland.

At Horseshoe Bend some camp sites are closed because the water level is too high. Julie Foster parked her family camper just a few feet from the lake. She said she likes the beauty and convenience of being next to the water, but you have to be responsible.

“You have to keep it real serious, it’s not something simple, a life can be lost real fast, real easy,” said Foster. “We had our grandchildren over one night, knew it was going to storm, sent them on home.”

Other campers feel there’s nothing to worry about. “It’s rained on us three times since we’ve been here, the water hasn’t come up too much,” said Doug Lamb.

Unlike Albert Pike, if an emergency were to occur the park knows exactly how many campers they’re responsible for.

“We have their name, address, phone number, their cell phone number, we know what site they’re in, when they’re coming, when they’re leaving, we have the vehicle tag number,” said Bland.


The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday afternoon that it will begin making releases June 24 through the hydropower turbines at Beaver Dam to bring the lake level down to elevation 1,121.4 feet, which is the top of the conservation pool.

Beaver Lake is currently at elevation 1,124.7 feet. The high lake levels were caused by repeated rains during the spring, officials said.Owners of docks on Beaver Lake are being advised to move their docks as needed to prevent them from grounding as the lake recedes. Officials also cautioned anglers downstream from the dam to be extra vigilant because currents will be strong and swift and said downstream boat dock owners should ensure their docks are properly secured to withstand high flows.In the absence of any further heavy rain, the lake level will drop between one-quarter and one-half foot each day, officials said. Hydropower generation releases will average between 18 to 24 hours per day and continue until the lake falls to elevation 1121.4 feet. Without additional rainfall, the higher release rates will continue into the first week of July, officials said.Anyone interested in Beaver Lake levels can monitor the Little Rock District’s water management webpage at www.swl.usace.army.mil.

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