Bull Shoals Lake

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Bull Shoals Lake

Arkansas

(870) 425-2700

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Overview

Seeking a clear, clean, and uncrowded water playground? Look no further than Bull Shoals Lake. Set in the scenic Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, Bull Shoals Lake has hundreds of miles of lake arms and coves perfect for boating, water sports, swimming, and fishing. Each season at Bull Shoals Lake unfolds a new panorama. Summer contrasts lush green hardwoods and cedar glades against towering rocky bluffs and unusual rock formations. Fall foliage presents the renowned "Flaming Fall Revue." Nineteen developed parks around the shoreline provide campgrounds, boat launches, swim areas, and marinas. Sixty thousand acres of public land provide a variety of other opportunities.

Map of Bull Shoals Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 36.494612, -92.693650

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Activities

  • Boating

    With over 45,000 acres of clear, blue water to explore, Bull Shoals has ample room for boaters, skiers, and fishermen. Fuel, supplies, and services are available at 11 marinas operated by private concessionaires. Twenty-two launch ramps provide easy access.

  • Bicycling

    Contact park for Bull Shoals bike paths.

  • Camping

    Campgrounds operated by the Corps of Engineers offer camping enthusiasts a wide variety of opportunities and experiences. Over 400 campsites, ranging from rustic to those with electrical and water hookups, are located in 11 parks situated to provide access to most areas of the lake.

  • Fishing

    Bull Shoals enjoys wide recognition as a prime fishery. Holding several Arkansas and Missouri state records, the lake's reputation is well justified. Opportunities abound for many species, ranging from pan fish to walleye. A fish attractor program to improve habitat and enhance fishing success has resulted in over 450 attractors being placed in Bull Shoals. A map showing their location is available from the Visitor Information Center.

  • Hiking

    Bull Shoals Lake has one, three-mile hiking trail. The Dogwood Trail, located in Lakeview Park, takes visitors on a moderately difficult hike through hardwood forests.

  • Hunting

    Hunting for white-tailed deer, eastern wild turkey, and squirrel is outstanding, and opportunities for ducks, geese and doves are good. Numerous boat ramps and parking areas provide access to large parcels of little used public land. Licenses for hunting and fishing are required in accordance with state and federal laws. Hunting is prohibited in developed parks.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking facilities are available in many parks and are often located near playgrounds and designated swimming areas. Group shelters are ideal for family gatherings and offer electricity and barbecue grills. Many picnic areas afford scenic views of the lake.

  • RVing

    Campgrounds operated by the Corps of Engineers offer camping enthusiasts a wide variety of opportunities and experiences. Over 400 campsites, ranging from rustic to those with electrical and water hookups, are located in eleven parks situated to provide access to most areas of the lake.

  • Water Sports

    Many parks offer designated swimming areas that are perfect spots to cool off on a sunny summer day. These include Buck Creek, Highway 125, Lakeview, Lead Hill, Oakland, Point Return, and Theodosia.

Directions

Driving

From Little Rock, 135 mi N on US 65, 50 mi E on US 62 to Flippin, 4 mi N to lake. From Springfield, MO, S on US 65, then E on AR 14.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(870) 425-2700

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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