Beaver Lake Dive Sites

Without a doubt, the clearest water in Arkansas belongs to Beaver Lake. The length and depth of the lake allow the sediment from the White River and Richland Creek, the two main sources of Beaver Lake, to sink further down and over a longer period of time before reaching the premier dive sites on the Lake. The top 3 sites on the lake are situated around two day-use areas next to the Dam itself. 

All 3 sites have a day-use fee of $5 and have pay terminals that will allow you to use a card. You can expect to see Long-ear sunfish, Large Mouth Bass, Catfish, Gar, Crappie, Striped Bass, Carp, Fresh-Water Mollusks, Crawfish, and Turtles!

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Beaver Lake Dam Site #1:

36.4267, -93.8482

Google Maps Search: Beaver Dam Park Pavillion 1

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*Dive Site indicated by Grey Marker

 

This dive site is the closest location to the Dam itself. Reaching this park, you will notice many options for day use such as a designated swimming area, tables and grills, and a playground for the kids. As the Google Maps name suggests, there is a Pavillion located on the site which can be used for a brief/ debrief and record update. There is a public use restroom located there as well and stands in close proximity to the dive site. 

This site has over 2930 logged dives from SSI Divers and is a popular location for new scuba divers getting certified. There are several statues, a diving platform, and a navigation park that leads to a sailboat. 

Scuba park, Beaver Lake:

36.4311, -93.8550

Google Maps Search: Beaver Lake Dive Park

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*Dive Site indicated by Grey Marker

 

This site features automobiles, a sailboat, a double-deck boat, an airplane fuselage, a makeshift submarine, and plenty of other oddities. It’s no wonder that this site boasts 5280+ logged dives and draws divers from all over! There is plenty of parking on the water, public bathrooms, and shade-covered day-use picnicking areas. 

West wall bluffs:

36.4311, -93.8614

Google Maps Search: Beaver Lake Dive Park

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*Dive Site indicated by Grey Marker

 

This site is perfect for freediving purposes and the long-running bluff line makes it ideal for all manner of classes from Snorkeling to Freediving Depth Sessions. As depth increases, the bluff line continues down in stair-stepping fashion until finally reaching a rock field that continues its descent. This site is ideal for depth training as the cliff nature of the location allows for a rest area for divers that is very close to the buoy and a storage area for equipment, food, hydration fluids, and other gear.