Sunday, December 2, 2012

Kayaking Monte Ne area of Beaver Lake, Arkansas: Lake still low enough to see some of the ruins

Kayak touring Monte Ne
The weather has been so amazing for kayaking trips in the Ozarks for a late November! Monte Ne has an interesting story behind it.  It was one of the largest resorts in its day back in the early 1900's.  All that is left now is a few ruins that are usually under the water.  I would say from kayaking around the lake that it is about 12' low right now- effects remaining from the summer drought.

Monte Ne pavilion ruins
The one large building that is left has a fence built by the Corps of Engineers around it, due to liability issues.  I find this area fascinating....supposedly there is a time capsule buried somewhere that has never been found.  I bet it is under the water somewhere.  Click HERE if you would like to read more about the history of this area- it is pretty amazing!
Sunset over Beaver Lake Arkansas
This time of the year is really great for kayaking due to the fact that you will have almost the entire lake/river to yourself.  That being said, the challenge is the amount of time you can kayak.  It seems when the sun goes down, it is like someone turned off the light switch!  So the amount of time you have out on the lake/river is limited.  I got out about 2:00 and took it till it got dark.  The lake was super calm and just outstanding!
Paddled all the way out towards the main arm...I would have gone further if I had more daylight.  This is an amazing lake to explore...I love to fish it in the summer time for bass

Paddle ON!


Kayaking Monte Ne area of Beaver Lake, Arkansas

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