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furrydogs
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Ozarks Lake House

About to pull the trigger on a lake house near Rogers Arkansas but want to get feedback or maybe local intel before committing.

We'd like a place right on a lake for swimming and kayaking and don't necessarily need to be close to a tourist trap for entertainment. Seclusion is fine if water activities are right there. We have 7 people and two dogs. We're more into a place with activities versus having a TV in every room.
Looking for advice on areas in the Ozarks as well as specific rentals if you know of any. Will be visiting late May.


Mr Sausage
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H2O Tiger
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I go to Table Rock every year. No private docks really on the water but you can find a few places that have shared marinas if you're looking to bring a boat.

I've stayed here and it was a great location for what we were looking to do.

TRL Cabin


ozktgr
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Branson is the only 'tourist trap' but kids will still enjoy it. If you want to see the NW Arkansas towns stay on Beaver. There won't be a lot of seclusion early summer, the lakes will be busy


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furrydogs
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I go to Table Rock every year. No private docks really on the water but you can find a few places that have shared marinas if you're looking to bring a boat.

I've stayed here and it was a great location for what we were looking to do.



That is exactly what I'm looking for. Is it easy to reach the swim area from the cabin and is the water nice?
Thanks.


H2O Tiger
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That cabin, though rented out separately, is part of The Timbers Resort, so there are multiple cabins available. The boat dock was maybe a 5 minute walk, though it's a steep hill and is situated back in a cove so you don't get much boat traffic.

There's also a pool in the event the water is too cold/everyone wants to hang out.

This is the best picture I had of the cove/dock area. If you look up the place on Google Maps you can get an idea of the layout. It's also very convenient to the grocery store and restaurants in Shell Knob.


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LSUfan20005
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Will be visiting late May.


Better hope for a warm and dry May. Water might be too cold for swimming, but the lake traffic will be much better for kayaking.

If you want to go another route, look into lake houses in Bella Vista, AR just up the road. There are some no-wake lakes even.


furrydogs
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If you want to go another route, look into lake houses in Bella Vista, AR just up the road. There are some no-wake lakes even.


Can you tell me about Lake Avalon and Lake Windsor. Our priority is a nice swimming and kayaking lake. Basically, is it nice water? Found a few nice places on thee lakes. Never would have looked without your advice. Thanks.


ozktgr
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The water is fine, all the Ozark lakes are rocky bottom. Those lakes are small and you could kayak the whole lake in 2 hours. IMO, it would be underwhelming to vacation there from out of town. I know several families that live on those lakes and go to Beaver on the weekends


furrydogs
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IMO, it would be underwhelming to vacation there from out of town. I know several families that live on those lakes and go to Beaver on the weekends


Makes sense. Looking at Google Maps, the area looks like a residential area with some nice lakes in it. Not really a destination spot it appears.

I am somewhat tempted since I could do some mountain biking nearby on the back 40.


ozktgr
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If you stayed on the SE side of Beaver (east of Rogers on Hwy 12) you could ride at Hobbs State Park. It has good multi use trails. Even if you stayed on the north side near Garfield you could be on the Bentonville trails in 20 mins.

Either way, wear heavy deet bug spray. The ticks and chiggers will be out in full force by then


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LSUfan20005
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Lake Ann is great in BV, then Windsor. Water is great unless there’s a ton of rain.

Beaver is wonderful, but it’s huge so find a good spot. Really recommend spending some time on the White River if you like to paddle. No matter where you choose, it’ll be a short drive.

You could easily stay in BV cheap, swim and kayak there, and drive 30min to Beaver and paddle there. Mountain Bike fun is ALL around.


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