April 4, 2012
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.”
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
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
“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