MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – FLW, the world’s premier tournament fishing organization, has announced the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour schedule. The 2013 season will be comprised of six tournaments featuring up to 160 of the best bass anglers in the world. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, will be held on the Red River in the Shreveport-Bossier City area of Louisiana.

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A three-mile stretch of undeveloped Beaver Lake shoreline is part of a 1,954-acre acquisition – purchased for $3.91 million – completed recently by the The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas.

The transaction was done at the request of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, which has received preliminary approval to buy the land from the NCA and establish it as the state’s 71st natural area. Read the rest of this entry »

An unusually high number of drownings on Beaver Lake has park rangers working to make things safer.

The US Army Corps of Engineers installed the lake’s first life jacket loaner station Sunday at Dam Site Park, providing free life jackets for people using the busy swim beach. Read the rest of this entry »

Low levels at Beaver Lake are beginning to expose more and more of a century-old historic site in Northwest Arkansas, and the future of that site is also in question.

The Monte Ne historical site in Benton County, built around 1900, was originally a hotel called “Oklahoma Row.” William Coin Harvey, a well known politician and lecturer, built and operated Monte Ne as a popular health resort until the ’30′s.

What’s left now is mostly ruins, except for the “tower section” of the crumbling old hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

Citizen scientists, rejoice. It’s time for another Secchi Day on Beaver Lake.

The annual event, organized by Beaver Water District, equips volunteers with Secchi Disks which are devices that are lowered into the lake to measure the transparency or clarity of the water. This measurement, when collected over time, is an indicator of the water quality in the lake which is pretty important considering that Beaver Lake is the source of our drinking water. Read the rest of this entry »

Patricia Campbell and her husband come out to the old Monte Ne site on Beaver Lake several times each year, to try to catch a glimpse of what once was.  “I love it, I love the history, I love the stories that I hear,” she said.  The resort town, founded in the early 1900’s, all but disappeared under Beaver Lake decades later. Read the rest of this entry »

Two accidents within the last week have sent four boaters to the Hospital, while claiming the life of another. Read the rest of this entry »

Every year, about 700 Americans die in recreational boating accidents. Not surprisingly, a disproportional number of those accidents occur in the summer months, when we’re more likely to be out on the water—and less likely to be thinking about personal safety than about keeping the ice cold and the cooler well-stocked.  Since 1965 108 people have drown in Beaver Lake, and the lake has already claimed its first victim of the 2012.  These tips can help you from adding to this statistic. Read the rest of this entry »

Get ready for the spring commissioning of your boat by following these simple tips to de-winterize it after a long, hard winter. If you did winterize your boat, you saved yourself some spring boat prep time and possible headaches now, which means the road between your boat and the water is shorter! Although it is always best to winterize a boat before putting it into storage, if you didn’t, don’t worry. You can perform those tasks now for the spring commissioning. Here’s how: Read the rest of this entry »

While at the local boat show this year I came across something that those that frequent the lake will enjoy- Aqua-Stairs ladders.   These unique dock ladders are stair step in design which allows both people and dogs to walk out of the water instead of climbing out.  This means you only need one ladder for both since they work well for everyone from kids to grandparents, and even people with certain disabilities.

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