Yesterday, I had a chance to get out and get some more pictures for the website. I started off heading to Lake Wedington, which is west of Fayetteville off of Hwy 16. Then, I circled (more or less) Beaver Lake, hitting all of the Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds.
My first stop was Lake Wedington, which is located on an isolated section of the Ozark National Forest west of Fayetteville, not connected to the main section. Lake Wedington is a 102 acre lake with facilities that were constructed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s. The lake and campground are very popular with swimmers and campers in the summer, although as I saw on Tuesday, can still offer quietness and seclusion during the week. It is a beautiful area.
The rest of the day I spent visiting all of the Corps of Engineers campgrounds around Beaver Lake. I visited 9 altogether (10 if you count Lost Bridge North and South as two). I also stopped at the historic ruins of Monte Ne, most of which can only be seen when lake levels are very low. There were a few structures to see, but the lake will have to drop much lower to see some of the other features, such as part of the amphitheater. The only structure that can definitely be seen year round is the concrete “Oklahoma Row” tower, which, unfortunately, has been severely vandalized over the last decade or so, even though the area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Since I have so many pictures to share, I have decided to break up my pictures up into two days. I will post half of them today, and the rest of them, tomorrow. Enjoy!