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Image 2 of Herald Ledger April 4, 2012

Part of Salyersville Independent

April 4, 2012 Section B Friends of Lake Barkley beautify shoreline This sloped bed of rock provides easy access for early-season wading. The locally-known “Blue Hole” is an area in Lake Barkley State Resort Park where -Photo by Carol Niswonger the water appears blue. The coloration is caused by the spring water being fed through a limestone aquifer, picking up mineral deposits along the way. By CAROL NISWONGER -Photo by Carol Niswonger The Herald Ledger Lifestyles waters where fish, toads, cooperation, including the and even snakes are a Army Corps of Engineers, With beautiful Lake part of the scenery. who placed marker buoys Barkley being such a big Where usually visitors in the water to protect the part of Lyon County, one come to the lower deck docked boats,” he said. area “Friends” group has area to watch the waters “We have more plans, of taken an extra step to and passing boats, many course, to improve the beautify part of the shore- just sit with their backs to area. We need a ramp, line in a most unusual water and try to see how so that it is more handiway. many natural elements capped-accessible, and we With volunteers work- they can find displayed want a canoe ramp that ing together, created a on the 12 by 60-foot wall. will make that area availmural supported by comArrastia said the mural able for lodge guests or munity organizations and has brought hundreds of local visitors.” businesses. boaters off the lake into The group continues Of the mural dedicated the park area. to organize and support in 2011, Ephraim Arrastia, “They were going by activities that raise funds president of the Friends as we were painting it, for the parks, including of Lake Barkley State and they just stopped and the second annual golf Resort Park explained often came in nearer, just outing on June 9 and the that “the actual painting to watch,” he said. “Since fireworks display which took less than a month then, they always either is organized by Dave and cost less than $500” slow down or just guide Bostick. and has “held up really themselves closer.” During an upcomwell” in the past year. Arrastia credited Mary ing motorcycle rally, the Designed by Barb Schmidt, Lake Barkley group will host a beach Above, this turkey is but one of the many species painted on the mural, which Lawson, it depicts 120 State Resort Park’s natu- party and have a fund- draws visitors to see how many species they can locate and identify. species, most of which ralist, with the original raiser for Helping Hands. Below, “The Blue Hole” is reminiscent of a mountain stream as the water flows can be found naturally in idea. The upcoming Moonshine lazily past the jutting rock formations. -Photos by Carol Niswonger the park and surrounding “She wanted a mural, Cruise will highlight area. which we first discussed much of the history of From the tiniest lady- at a ‘Friends’ meeting, some of the more interbug to the white tail deer, and Barb Larson did esting history of the the mural depicts the the mock-up,” he said. Between the Rivers area. native trees, flora and “It was first marked in Arrastia invited those fauna, and wildlife of the chalk, and we had only interested in preserving area. The raccoons and one cold, rainy day, but and promoting the natueven the much-maligned we even managed to get ral wonders of the area opossum are prominent, in a couple of hours work to join the group, which and the eagles and the during that weather. meets on the second hawk both soar over the “We’ve had so much Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Barkley Lodge near Cadiz. “From the haunted house at Halloween to Bob and Judy Peek’s bluebird trail, there is something for everybody to enjoy.” The group’s website is www.friendsoflakebark l e y. w i k i s p a c e s. c o m / h o m e ” w w w. f r i e n d s o flakebarkley.wikispaces. com/home, where there is a link to a video about the area or phone 924-1131 or 1-800-325-1708.

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