VIDEO: Just float

Snorkeling reveals underwater world of Beaver Lake

Posted: July 20, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Allison Byford of Springdale (from left) and her sons Walker Byford, 9, and Will Byford, 11, listen as Rebekah Penny, interpreter at Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area, explains how to use a snorkel July 10, as a snorkeling class offered by the park heads out onto Beaver Lake from Rocky Branch Marina.

"There's no swimming required. You can just float."

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Will Byford searches for life under the water of Beaver Lake. The limestone bluffs of the Ozark shoreline co...

Snorkeling classes

Who: Hobbs State Park

Where: Rocky Branch Marina, Beaver Lake

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, Aug. 4, Aug 10, Aug. 25, Aug. 31

Cost: $20, adults; $10, children through age 12

Information and registration: 789-5000

By the numbers

Beaver Lake

Flood-control act passed by Congress: 1954

Construction began: 1963

Lake filled: 1968

Flood damage lake saved: $6 million

Shoreline: 487 miles

Surface area: 31,700 acres, 44 square miles

Averge depth: 60 feet

Gallons of drinking water: 539 billion gallons

Arkansans who get drinking water from lake: 420,000; one out of 7

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock office

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