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Beaver Dunes

July 16, 2015

The month of June brought some much needed rain to the park, bringing the water level of the lake up and keeping everything green and beautiful, according to manager Heath Noyes. The sand plums are beginning to turn and are abundant this year.

"I have never seen them as large and in such quantities as they are now," Noyes said. "With the rain also comes mosquitos and ticks so if you are planning a visit to the park be sure to bring some bug spray and sun screen."

The past 30 days also brought travelers from all over the world to Beaver.

"We enjoyed hosting campers and ATV enthusiasts from Florida, California, Minnesota and surrounding states," Noyes said. "We also had the pleasure of hosting campers from Australia this month. All of those I spoke with seemed impressed with our town and the park. They spoke of how friendly the community is and the beauty of the area. In summary, what I always take away from the conversations with those who come to Beaver to visit is how lucky we all are to be from here."

The park and the Town of Beaver also welcomes everyone to attend the weekly farmer’s market every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon. It is located at the north entrance of the park. There is no fee to come and sell goods.

"We have had good turn outs in the three weeks we have hosted," Noyes said. "We have had vendors from all over Beaver and Harper counties offering jams, jellies, tamales, baked goods, fresh chicken and duck eggs along with fresh vegetables. Each of the three weeks the market has grown in both the number of vendors and shoppers.

"We believe we are offering a really neat service and that the farmer’s market will only continue to grow as local gardens begin to produce."

The Beaver Dunes lake is also close to being stocked with fish.

"With the help from Joe Lansden and others in the community, we are growing closer to having the lake stocked with fish," Noyes said. "The fish will be coming from the Oklahoma State Wildlife Department and as with all matters pertaining to the government, the wheels often turn slow. Just know that we are indeed working on it and making progress."

Noyes is also encouraging everyone to visit the Beaver Dune’s official Facebook page.

The address is www.facebook.com/theofficialbeaverdunespark.

"Please like and join the page and leave feedback," he said. "We also post all park events on this page. If you have ideas for the park or see areas that you believe need improvement we welcome all feedback as this park belongs to all of all. Also, feel free to stop by the park office and let us know how to serve you."

 

June 18, 2015

May was good for

attendance at park;

Lake is on the rise

Memorial Day weekend marked the unofficial start of summer, and the visitor total at the Beaver Dunes Park certainly showed that, according to manager Heath Noyes.

"The month of May was good for our park," he said. "Campers and riders were out in full force. The rainy forecast kept some campers in their RVs but allowed for pleasant temperatures."

All of the RV spots in the ATV area were rented as well many by the lake. Several tent campers also made their way to Beaver and the cabin at the lake was also full of out of town visitors.

"On Sunday, the weather broke for the better and the sun came out. With the sun came the day use riders and picnickers," Noyes said.

The month of May brought campers from all over the United States. Campers and riders came to Beaver from Wyoming, Washington, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.

"Although the rains have wreaked havoc for a lot of Oklahoma and surrounding states, it has been good for our park," Noyes said. "I encourage everyone to come out and take in just how green the park is right now."

Over the last month, the water level at the lake has riven about two feet. Noyes said the park is getting closer to getting fish from the state, although it is a long process.

"I do urge park goers to be patient with this process as it is just that, a process. Once we get the lake stocked we will prohibit fishing for a period to allow the fish to populate to establish itself and to propagate. This will ensure a stocked lake for years to come," he said.

Also, the park’s community garden is progressing, Noyes said, despite getting seeds and plants in the ground later than planned.

"This was because of several factors. Finding good topsoil in this area wasn’t easy, but as we continue to find, the community always steps up and gets things done," he said. "The garden is a cooperative program between Beaver Dunes Park and the Ministerial Alliance. The goal for the garden is to provide fresh vegetables for the community pantry. The garden will not be open to the public but will hopefully help provide for those in need."

Also, the weekly farmer’s market is slated to begin this Saturday (June 20) at 8 a.m.

"We need feedback from the community," Noyes said. "We need to get an idea of how many folks are interested in selling produce and hope to have enough sellers to make a good selection of eggs, jams, etc. So, please contact us on the park’s Facebook page or contact me at the park office."

May also brought the opportunity for the park to partner with Quail Forever, a quail habitat renewal program.

"Our local Quail Forever group was awarded a grant to plant wildflowers and native grass essential to quail survival and success," Noyes said. "Quail Forever had many of the local youngsters, and they help sow the seeds into the ground around the park’s walking trail. The planting was followed by hotdogs and hamburgers for all in attendance. This is a great program and the first of its kind to take place in the state of Oklahoma. The Beaver Dunes Park and the Town of Beaver are proud to be part of it."

 

March 26, 2015

Beaver Dunes to have many April activities

With the recent stretch of warm weather, traffic at the Beaver Dunes Park has increased dramatically, according to manager Heath Noyes.

The park has already hosted campers and riders from New Mexico, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Noyes has also been busy working on making several improvements to the facility. One of the biggest projects - filling up the lake - has been started for a few days thanks to Howard Drilling.

"This would not have been possible without help from the good people at Howard Drilling," Noyes said. "They have been great to work with and have, quite simply, made it happen.

"We are fortunate, in this community, to have a family like to the Howards. If you see them about town, let them know that their contributions are appreciated. With their help, we are one big step closer to restoring the park lake."

April is going to be busy at the dunes with several events - including a free concert during Cow Chip weekend on April 18.

The concert on April 18 will feature the band Rough Walking.

"We are excited about the concert and hope that everyone comes out to enjoy an evening in the park and to support our local talent," Noyes said.

Then, on April 25, the park will host a competitive 3D archery shoot. Noyes said the event has been well received by both competitors and local businesses.

"The business owners in Beaver have gone above and beyond to sponsor this shoot and to draw in as many shooters as possibly with their generous donates for prizes," Noyes commented.

One more idea is the possibility of a farmers market at the park during the summer months.

"We have been tossing around the idea of hosting a weekly farmers market. We have had good feedback from those we have talked to," Noyes said. "I encourage all who are interested in participating in the farmers market to contact the park. We really need the community’s input and support if this event is to be a success."

New manager takes over Dunes;

Plans to work promoting park

Heath Noyes is the new manager of the Beaver Dunes Park. He started his new job on August 25.

Noyes graduated from Vici High School in 1996 and earned his college degree in accounting in 2006 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Noyes worked for the Woodward County Sheriff’s Department from 2002 through 2006 and most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s office for the past eight years.

Noyes is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and has one overseas tour of duty. He expressed excitement for his new job in Beaver.

"The key is to promote, promote and promote. Not enough people have heard of the Beaver Dunes," Noyes said. "My family really enjoys the area, and wee are excited to be here."

Noyes, on Monday, was working to place picnic tables in the ORV area and also plans to install some watchable wildlife stations in the coming weeks. He has many other great ideas for the park as well.

Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes; Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.

 

March 19, 2015

Beaver Dunes Park First Archery Shoot Saturday, April 25, 2015

First shooters begin at 7:30 AM. Register at the park on the day of the shoot. Shooter will be broken down by bow type and age.

Park busy with visitors; Lake to be filled soon

Over the last couple of weekends - with the temperatures turning more spring like - traffic at the Beaver Dunes Park has increased greatly, according to manager Heath Noyes.

"As expected, 2015 started off at a less than blistering pace," Noyes said. "In January, we had 63 riders at the dunes and just one camper."

Even with the cold weather keeping many people inside, Noyes said the park still enjoyed riders from all over the country. In addition to riders from the area, there were also people from Minnesota and California.

"The park has recently posted a new official Facebook page, and I encourage everyone to "like" and "share" it with people they know," Noyes stated. "This is good publicity and it comes at zero cost to the park. I hope that everyone goes and checks it out, posts pictures and leaves feedback."

Noyes also said that he has continued to work on the drought stricken lake. A well has been designated to begin refilling the area.

"We received a verbal commitment from a local business person to provide the remaining water line from the well to the lake," Noyes said. "Once that is installed we will be able to begin pumping water back into it.

"Returning the lake to its former state has been one of my priorities since taking the job as park manager and it makes me happy to be able to report on the progress we are making."

Noyes said once the water level in the lake has been restored, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife will help stock it with fish.

He also said that he is working on getting the restrooms back in order on the day use side of the park.

"In years past, it has been the practice of the park to shut down the water well in the day use area from October to April," Noyes said. "With the onset of warmer weather we have had many park goers wanting to use that area. We are working to bring that well back up so that visitors may do so in comfort."

 

New manager takes over Dunes;

Plans to work promoting park

 

Heath Noyes is the new manager of the Beaver Dunes Park. He started his new job on August 25.

Noyes graduated from Vici High School in 1996 and earned his college degree in accounting in 2006 from Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Noyes worked for the Woodward County Sheriff’s Department from 2002 through 2006 and most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal’s office for the past eight years.

Noyes is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and has one overseas tour of duty. He expressed excitement for his new job in Beaver.

"The key is to promote, promote and promote. Not enough people have heard of the Beaver Dunes," Noyes said. "My family really enjoys the area, and wee are excited to be here."

Noyes, on Monday, was working to place picnic tables in the ORV area and also plans to install some watchable wildlife stations in the coming weeks. He has many other great ideas for the park as well.

Heath and his wife Angela have six kids: Brendan Noyes; Kadyn Noyes; Addyson Noyes; Lauren Noyes; Austin Solo and Jordan Solo.

 

Beaver Dunes  Park The Playground of the Panhandle Beaver Dunes  Park is located one mile north of Beaver, OK on US 270.

Beaver Dunes  Park P.O. Box 889 Beaver, OK 73932 Park Office: 580-625-3373 Fax: 580-625-3525 (email)  bvrdunes@ptsi.net

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EMERGENCY NUMBERS Ambulance - Beaver Co. EMS 580-625-4551 Beaver Co. Sheriff's Office 580-625-4549 Beaver Fire Dept. 580-625-3333 OR 911

Beaver Dunes  Park The dunes formed by blowing sand at Beaver Dunes  Park, create an oasis effect that appeals to park visitors and offroad enthusiasts alike. Located in Oklahoma's panhandle region near the City of Beaver, the 520-acre park was originally established in 1930 as a municipal park for the city. The park serves the local communities and mid-panhandle region of Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The history of the sand dunes are part of a geological system formed thousands of years ago. During the Great Ice Age, heavy rainfall and snow melt carried sand, gravel, silt and clay down Oklahoma's river systems from their headwaters in the Rocky Mountain region. As these materials were deposited along the river's flood plain, wind would gradually move the lightweight sand particles away from the river, forming sandbars and dunes. Because Oklahoma's prevailing wind is from the south, most of the sand dunes were formed on the north bank rivers. When the sand dunes lose their blanket of vegetation, they begin to shift, propelled by the force of the wind. Beaver Dunes State park offers areas of different environmental contrasts. Quiet, sheltered low pockets amidst high sand dunes exposed to the harsh panhandle elements.

Off-Road Vehicle/Dune Buggy Riding The 300 acres set aside for off-road vehicles is open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., year round. Dune entrance fees may be paid daily; through the purchase of a 3-day pass (Friday-Sunday, March 1-November 30); or an annual dune pass. Please call the office for fee information. Off-Road Vehicle Warning There are hazards in the off-road areas that do not exist in other areas of the park. Always use common sense when operating off-road vehicles. Because of the nature of shifting sand, be aware of sharp drop-offs and exposed objects. It is avised to travel with partners or tell others where you are going and when you expect to return. Provide a description of your vehicle. The ORV area is fenced and posted with ORV boundary signs. Vehicle access beyond the boundary is not permitted. Be aware of your location at all times. Safety regulations for ORV area In order to have a safe and enjoyable stay at the Beaver Dunes  Park, please observe the following dune riding rules: • All vehicles must have a WHIP attached to the ORV that extends 10-feet from the ground to the top of the whip. • All vehicles must have a 6"x12" FLAG attached within 10" of the whip's tip. It must be bright red or bright orange in color with no writing. • All vehicles must have front & rear LIGHTS for night use. • Dune buggies and 4x4 vehicles must have a ROLLBAR sufficient to support weight of vehicle and must have a seatbelt for each passenger. • Full coverage HELMETS are strongly suggested. Riding is at your own risk. • You are required to stay within the posted park boundaries.

 

 

 

 

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