Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beaver Creek Recreation Area–last weekend

This weekend is our last one here at Beaver Creek Recreation Area. We will be moving on next weekend to a new job. We’ve had rain off and on again this week and, luckily, no severe storms or hail.

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We had five campers this weekend who came in on Thursday instead of their scheduled day of Friday. Friday we let the ranger know they were a day early and he checked to see if they have paid for the extra night. They didn’t, so he went to collect. How many people did this all summer when there were no camp hosts? Don’t people care?  I guess that goes along with garbage in fire pits and dog poop left and leaving fires burning.  Sad smile
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Some history of the area - the earliest residents in the region were members of the Arikara Tribe. Later the Sioux, Mandan and Hidatsa Tribes also lived along the river. In September 1804 the famous explorers Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark explored the area on their way up the Missouri River.
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The Beaver Creek Recreation Area is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Oahe Dam and Lake. The Oahe Dam was built between 1948 and 1961 along the Missouri River, just north of Pierre, SD. It is one of the world’s largest earth-rolled dams, at a cost of $340 million. The fourth largest artificial reservoir in the US, which stretches 231 miles up the course of the Missouri to Bismarck, ND.  Lake Oahe has a maximum depth of 205 feet and shoreline length of 2250 feet. 
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Monday, August 7, 2017

Beaver Creek Recreation Area–Week 4

We’ve had rain off and on this past week. One day we had of bit of lightening and thunder, and one seemed really close. After the storm we drove around to check the campground and found a large tree in the back primitive area that had been struck by lightening; luckily no fire.

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The fruit trees here are chokecherry, apricot and pear. The rangers said people can pick the fruit. We don’t know how to tell when the apricots are ripe; but when we’ve tasted them, they’re either hard or mushy. A gentleman came in and picked some; he makes jelly and wine with them. We’ve seen people picking chokecherries. The pears aren’t ripe yet.

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The weather has been really nice. It’s been mostly in the 70’s this week and weekend, a nice change from the 90s. Very little wind, which is way different from June and July.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Beaver Creek Recreation Area–week 3

The weather has been beautiful, the lake has been busy with boating and fishing and the campground was busy on the weekend. It’s been in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s this past week and weekend, with humidity and mosquitoes. We were lucky to get some rain yesterday.

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When we’ve got campers, we make a couple of rounds through the park to check who is here, check the comfort station and vault toilets and check for litter. The rangers stop in at least once a day, more on weekends. After people leave on Sunday, we clean the litter from their sites. We’ve got a lot of free time for fishing or sight-seeing.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beaver Creek Recreation Area–Week 2

We started off our week with some much-needed rain. We got 2.5 inches last week Tuesday and about a quarter-inch Wednesday. Most of North Dakota is in a drought, so this was so nice to see! There were some areas that also got strong wind and hail; luckily we didn’t. A ranger called us early in the morning to let us know severe weather was coming our way; Curt had been watching the radar already. We were lucky the storm split and we only got rain and some wind. Another evening the rangers and us went around the campground and let the campers know of a severe storm warning; again, we were lucky.

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We aren’t as busy here as we were at the two State parks. We don’t have to clean fire pits, and there’s a lot less sites to clean. There is a small amphitheater area, but no interpreter or programs. We have a Polaris electric vehicle to drive. When we were at Fort Stevenson State Park, we bought a “grabber” to see how it worked for picking up litter. We were impressed and got another one at a shorter length that works better for me. It’s a lot easier on the back and knees.

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There is a fishing area across the highway, a day use area, that you can fish off-shore. 

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Some scenery pictures
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