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Beaver Lake Glamping and RV Resort features a variety of lodging options for those looking to stay in the area. There are 110 RV sites, which have either 30- or 50-amp hookups; tent camping sites, which can be primitive or provide water and electric hookups; two cottages; five cabins; and a tiny home. Also found on the grounds is a main office that contains a camp store where visitors can purchase firewood, ice, and "basic necessities," according to one of the owners. Notably, the property is on Beaver Lake with 1,000 feet of lake frontage, where people can engage in lake recreation. Rentals for canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are available at the resort for those who take an interest in such activities.
Beaver Lake Glamping and RV Resort, located in Rogers, Arkansas, has 110 RV sites, 2 cottages, 5 cabins, and several tent camping sites available year-round for guests. Twenty of the RV sites are pull-throughs, while the rest are back-ins. The RV sites have 30- and 50-amp electric hookups, in addition to water and sewage hookups. Moreover, each site has a picnic table that patrons can use throughout their stay. Dale—one of the owners—notes that "all of the sites are leveled" and that some spaces are shaded by nearby trees while others are not. She says that "it just depends on what the people want" when it comes to picking a site.
The two cottages have air conditioning and heating, mini-fridges, microwaves, and beds. They do not have kitchens or restrooms, and those staying in the cottages are required to bring their own bedding. The five cabins are equipped with bedding, a kitchen, and a restroom, along with the same amenities that are offered in the cottages. Depending on which cabin is reserved, anywhere between four to six guests can be accommodated. Another lodging option at the resort is the tiny home, which sleeps up to six patrons and has a "full kitchen and full bathroom," according to Dale.
On the grounds of the property, there is a main office with a camp store where visitors can purchase firewood, ice, and "basic necessities," according to Dale. Connected to the main office are the restrooms, showers, and coin-operated laundry. A few other amenities that can be found at the resort include a playground, pavilion, boat dock, and swimming pool, which Dale confirms is the oldest working swimming pool in Arkansas. Additionally, it is also the deepest, going from two to ten feet, and it operates with salt water.
During a stay at Beaver Lake Glamping and RV Resort, Dale—one of the owners—hopes that patrons can have "family adventure time" and enjoy time with their families. She further states that her goal is to create a place where visitors "can come and relax from the hustle and bustle." Dale and her husband, Mark, try to get to know those who stay at the property by walking around and meeting guests.
In the future, Dale hopes to add more structured events at the establishment. Currently, potluck days occur in the spring and fall, where patrons can each bring a dish and meet together to share a meal. In the hopes of providing those staying at the resort with a place to relax and have fun with their families, rentals of kayaks, paddleboards, canoes, and lily pads are available to use on Beaver Lake.
In order to create a "family-friendly" atmosphere, Dale and Mark have established certain policies that guests are expected to abide by during their stay. The resort is pet-friendly, although there is an additional fee for pets staying in the cabins, and they are not allowed in the tiny home. There is a quiet time enforced on the grounds from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. as well. Smoking is allowed at each individual site, but it is not allowed indoors, and cigarette butts must be properly disposed of as well. Lastly, a speed limit of five miles per hour is enforced throughout the resort.
Those who have stayed previously at Beaver Lake Glamping and RV Resort have commented on the saltwater swimming pool, the hospitality of the owners, and the location of the establishment. One former patron said that the park was a "[...] beautiful gem with so much potential. The owners are accommodating and are really bringing this place up to the next level. I look forward to the additions to come." One feature that Dale hopes to add in the future is a pavilion that can be used for weddings. Currently, the resort hosts weddings and other events, and Dale hopes to add more areas that can be used as a venue.
The property is open year-round, and Dale reports that the busiest time of year tends to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day due to the fishing opportunities on the lake, especially for striped bass. Besides the activities possible on Beaver Lake, there are multiple attractions in the area near the resort. The Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area offers multi-use trials where visitors can ride horses, bike, or run. Furthermore, there are multiple museums in the surrounding area, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum and the American Heritage Museum. Some local eateries that Dale recommends to her guests include Big Orange, Chuy's, and Wiesners Grill.
Dale and Mark Martyn, the owners of Beaver Lake Glamping and RV Resort, purchased the property from Wayne and JoAnne Gastineneau in December 2017. Dale and Mark had friends in Texas that owned RV parks, and they both had multiple careers in the past. They purchased the business because they "decided it was time for family instead of working apart all the time," Dale says. In the future, Dale and Mark plan on giving the property to their children. Dale said that her favorite part of the business is being able to have fun with her family and "making friends and family" with the campers that stay at the resort.
When the couple first purchased the establishment, they added more RV sites and cabins, converted the pool to saltwater, and made cosmetic changes to the grounds. They also renovated the bathrooms and redid the electric and plumbing hookups across the park. Within the next year, "glamping" sites will be added to the property as well, as mentioned by the owner. In the future, the couple has plans to add an additional playground, along with outdoor games, food trucks, a restaurant, a wedding venue, and a clubhouse.
The campground was first established as a KOA called The Safari in 1952. The resort was established on the land before Beaver Lake—the manmade lake that is on the borders of the park—was first created.
Dale and Mark Martyn
Wayne and Joanne Gastineneau