So Much Water Volume 1 Issue 3 Summer 2015 - Page 28

Beaver Lake Tail Water

After the creation of Beaver Dam

the water was too cold to support native fish. To restore the fishery, Rainbow and Brown Trout were introduced. The cold water fishery extends approximately 100 yard below the dam to the boundary sign at Houseman access, approximately 7 miles downstream. A special Regulations area extents from approximately half a mile downstream of the dam to approximately 100 yards above the Parker Bend access. Barbless hook, artificial lures and flies only. The area is marked with signage that include the regulations for the area, Catch and Release only.

Just getting here can be a bit of an adventure in itself. Being only 9 miles from Eureka Springs (a popular tourist area) traffic on 62 highway can be daunting at times during the travel season. Combine that with some pretty winding and steep highway and you can turn a thirty minute trip into an hour easy, especially if you get stuck behind or you’re in one of those RV campers or behind a lost eighteen wheeler. My brother who has driven about every rig made refers to 62 as, ‘the road of probable nightmare’. It is pretty winding with no shoulders and if memory serves, no turn outs. So if you’re in that big RV, you’re in for the full ride. That being said, it must be possible because the campsites (both private and state owned) fill up fast so be sure to make your reservations well in advance of your trip. Motels, Cabins and B and E’s are also available at varying degrees of cost and amenities.