area residents in enjoying big Bull Shoals Lake. You
won’t be crowded, but you won’t be alone, because
you'll find a society of fishermen, boaters, skiers, divers,
and sail boaters. Bull Shoals Lake is the centerpiece of
the South Shore region’s outdoor lifestyle, welcoming
visitors to the Ozarks.
This Ozark Mountains lake, known
for its clarity, depth (to 250 feet) and water temperature,
sets Bull Shoals Lake apart from others.
Bull Shoals Lake is a water sports paradise
for pure enjoyment. The clean waters attract fishermen,
scuba divers, boaters, and swimmers during the long warm-weather
season of north central Arkansas. With plenty of room for
all, Bull Shoals Lake covers between 50,000 and 70,000
acres, depending upon the lake level. A hydroelectric dam
at the town of Bull Shoals regulates the lake level.
The fish are here - try
your skill. Smallmouth, largemouth, spotted bass, trout, crappie, catfish,
bream, white bass, and walleye abound in Bull Shoals Lake.
Fishing season is year-round, all 365 days. You may rent
all the lake gear you need, or bring your own.
Fishing on Bull Shoals Lake
Map location: D-6
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
fishing reports. To sign up for the weekly reports
by e-mail click
Shoals Lake’s shoreline is protected from
over development by a “government strip” perimeter.
This area is
also open to recreation such as hunting, hiking, and bird
watching, subject to regulations of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. For more information, call 870-425-2700. For lake
levels and power generation report, call 870-431-5311.
out of the water?
How does a long, long range view of the area sound? You
may go to the Top O’ The Ozarks Tower - take an elevator
and view over a million acres. You may go underground at Bull
Shoals Caverns. You may go back in time at the park-like Mountain
Village 1890, with its authentic turn-of-the-last-century buildings
all moved to this site from nearby communities. Golfers may
play at Rivercliff Golf Course overlooking the White River
in Bull Shoals. Visit the Bull Shoals Museum April-October.
There may be a concert or play at the Bull
Shoals Theater of the Arts (870-445-2311).
Why not stop and see?
Bull Shoals - White River State Park
Arkansas' popular camping and fishing state park in north
central Arkansas near Lakeview is Bull Shoals-White River
State Park. This park offers visitors access to one of
the nation's finest fishing and boating combinations, the
renowned White River and Bull Shoals Lake, the State Parks.
One of mid-America's premier trout streams, the White River
is famous for record rainbow and brown trout. A dam on the
river forms 45,440-acre Bull Shoals Lake, popular for its
lunker bass, crappie, catfish and trout fishing. Situated
below the dam, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches
along both the lakeshore and riverside.
The park has a spectacular setting in the scenic Ozark Mountains
where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake meet at Bull Shoals
Dam. Come discover why this state park has long been an Arkansas
Top O' The Ozarks Tower
Map location: D-7
Bull Shoals Caverns
Map location: D-7