Adventure Arkansas: Snorkeling

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As you know, scenic sights are all across Beaver Lake, but there's a few sights you can only see below the shores.

Life is better, down where it's wetter. Hobbs State Park offered us the chance to explore the coves and shorelines across Beaver Lake. Rebekah Penny, a park interpreter, guided our colorful group to search for all sorts of fish and wildlife. For a few of us this was our first time with a snorkel.

"I'd really encourage first time snorkelers to get comfortable in the water. You want to make sure you can breathe out of your snorkel and expel any water if you need to. Make sure your mask fits properly and your life jacket fits securely so you can just relax and enjoy the adventure."

Johanna and Kenlee said they've snorkeled before, but this time was cool because they got to see fish swim by. Rebekah says there's even more to see, including glimpses into the past.

"Being able to see the diversity of wildlife and the unique geologic features gives you a glimpse into what the land-forms would've been like before Beaver Lake."

In addition to learning about the ecosystem that makes up Beaver Lake, Rebekah hopes everyone looks at the lake in a new light. "Hopefully it gives us a new appreciation for the great water quality we have. I'm hoping people leave with a new connection to this great resource and will want to help protect it."

While the snorkeling tours are over for the season, there's plenty of ways to play on the water and stay in awe of the beauty of Beaver Lake.

"We've got some great aquatic adventures coming up, sunset kayak tours, full moon kayak tours, sunset pontoon cruises. We will also be starting our eagle cruises this November."

All you need to bring is some sunscreen, and a sense of adventure.

For times and contact information for Hobbs State Park, check here.

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