Kayaking on Beaver Lake
Even the dog participates in the Schroeder family hobby.
We put our kayak on top of the family car and drove more than 14 hours from New Mexico to Arkansas. Beaver Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever seen! It is surrounded by plants, flowers, a variety of trees, and limestone bluffs.
The long drive was worth the wait, because I found out right away that the lake water was warm and clear. Beaver Lake has 28,370 acres of water and 487 miles of shoreline, so there were a lot of great spots on the lake to launch our kayak.
Our first launch was at Indian Creek, with shallow water and a swimming area where I could jump in and swim while my Dad unloaded the kayak. I also took my goggles and did some diving while I waited.
The kayak has three seats: just enough room for my mom, dad and my dog Kiska. We always wear life jackets so we brought along one for our dog to wear too!
It was a good thing Kiska was wearing her life jacket because when we started paddling out into the lake, she stood up and fell over the side! We had to grab the handle on her life jacket to pull her up and back into the boat. She was a very wet dog, so I was happy that she decided to sit with my mom at the back of the kayak instead of with me!
After I got a lot of exercise kayak paddling with my Mom and Dad, I jumped into the warm lake and swam next to the boat. I saw a turtle on a tree branch in the water and a squirrel running along the shore. My Dad was fishing for bass while I swam and told me he saw an alligator gar in the water! They have huge teeth but aren't aggressive towards people. I got back into the kayak just in case!
We had a great summer trip to Arkansas! We spent time at three different places on Beaver Lake and had fun with my cousins who live close by in Bentonville. We also visited Pea Ridge, which is one of the most important Civil War Battlefields west of the Mississippi. It was a great trip filled with a lot of good times, warm weather, and fun in the sun!
—Jacob A. Schroeder