Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Arkansas

(870) 445-3629

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Overview

In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters form one of the nation's finest fishing and boating combinations. The White River is renowned as mid-America's premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas's largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, catfish, crappie and bream. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters.

The park is a popular camping destination and interpretive programs are offered in the park throughout the year. Park facilities include picnic areas, pavilions, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a multi-use trail. The park's marina/store offers boat, motor, kayak and canoe rentals. Supplies, equipment, and gifts are for sale also.

The James A. Gaston Visitor Center is situated on a highpoint across the dam from the rest of the park's facilities. The center affords a spectacular view of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam and Bull Shoals Lake. The visitor center serves as the primary visitor contact point at Bull Shoals-White River State Park and is the focal point for the interpretation of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals Lake. Interpretive exhibits are featured throughout the lobby, gift shop, Johnboat Theater, and Exhibit Hall. These state-of-the art exhibits and the video presentation in the theater tell about the histories and fisheries these renowned waters hold. The center also includes an observation tower, gift shop, two classrooms and park offices.

Map of Bull Shoals-White River (AR)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.360613, -92.574581

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Activities

  • Boating

    At the marina, visitors can rent aluminum boats, with or without a motor, canoes, and kayaks. Float trips down the river are popular among visitors, and pick-ups can be arranged through the marina. A boat ramp is also available.

  • Bicycling

    The Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail offers both hikers and mountain bikers access to remote areas of the park. The trail traverses the oak-hickory upland forest for a unique walking or riding experience. Along the trail are creek crossings, dirt roads, open meadows, long downhills and taxing uphills. The trail is about three miles long.

  • Camping

    The park offers a variety of camping options, from waterfront Rent-An-RV sites to primitive sites nestled in the woods.

  • Fishing

    The White River is renowned as mid-America's premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Anglers are drawn to Bull Shoals Lake for the abundant lunker bass, catfish, crappie, and bream.

  • Hiking

    The park has several hiking trails ranging from short, easy trails to more strenuous trails climbing up to viewpoints overlooking the park.

  • Picnicking

    A scenic picnic area is located on Bull Shoals Lake and two group pavilions are available for rent.

  • RVing

    The park campground has sites with full hook-ups, including water, electric, and sewer. Some sites are water front.

  • Water Sports

    Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in the clear open waters of the park. Float trips in canoes and kayaks are also very popular among visitors.

Directions

Driving

To reach Bull Shoals-White River State Park from Mountain Home, travel six miles north on Ark. 5, then go eight miles west on Ark. 178. Or, from U.S. 62 at Flippin, travel 10 miles on State Highway 178E to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 445-3629

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