Children are shown swimming at the Bull Shoals Marina. Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes are perfect for fun on the water. DEAN CURTIS FOR LIVING WELL

include picnic areas, standard pavilions, playgrounds, hiking trails and a multi- use trail. The marina has boat, motor, kayak and canoe rentals, supplies, equipment and gifts for sale. Book your stay online: www.arkansasstatepark-

Scuba Diving Want to see the water in a new way?

Get certified to scuba dive. Mary Jo “Jo Jo” Augustine has been

offering scuba diving lessons since 1972, and opened Scuba Doo Dive Shop, 6137 Highway 62 E, Mountain Home, in 1995. “We were living in Illinois and loved

to do things outside, camping, hiking, swimming and there wasn’t a lot of that in Illinois, so we found Arkansas, lucki- ly,” she said. Summer is by far the busiest time of

the year for the business. It costs $350- $450 to get certified (PADI certification) and the process is skill-based, but on av- erage it takes four days or two week-

Steve Krull and Jan Dacus of St. Louis cruise on Bull Shoals Lake. DEAN CURTIS FOR LIVING WELL MAGAZINE

snorkel equipment and snorkel on the Buffalo River. Spear fishing is also popular with div-


Over the years, she’s had a variety of experiences under the water, but one stands out. “One of the interesting things is a

white bass school — it was a big school of fish I was in middle of, so that was cool. It’s very unusual to see a school in the lake. They are just circling around,” Augustine said. For information: call (870) 492-5300.

ends. “We are in the center of two of the

best (places in Arkansas to scuba): Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals. That is where our divers predominately go,” Augustine says. At the shop, she sells scuba and snor-

keling gear. Augustine says an increas- ing number of kayak enthusiasts buy

Marinas Tracy Ferry Marina, 3438 Tracy Ferry

Road, Mountain Home, is a full service, family-owned marina on Lake Norfork. They rent pontoon and ski boats, as well as skis, tubes and other gear you may need on the water. They have a 24-hour gas station and convenience store stocked with ice, beer, soda, ice cream and more. Call (870) 491-5335.


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