The crystal clear waters of Bull Shoals Lake, Brown's Beach and the breathtaking views on the world famous White River make this an ideal spot in the Ozark mountains.
The lake covers 45,440 acres and 1100 miles of shoreline. There is largemouth and smallmouth bass, white and stripped bass, walleye and catfish. If your taste runs to panfish we have crappie, bluegill and sun perch. There are also water sports - ski and pontoon boats, jet skis, and scuba diving gear and instruction. Below the dam is the famed White River known everywhere for some of the best rainbow, brown, and cutthroat trout fishing in the United States. Whether it is fly fishing, guided float trips, or bank fishing, the experience will be unique and nearly always a productive one.
In Bull Shoals you can visit area craft and antique shops, tour of the 350 million year old caverns, take the increasingly popular Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour, or check out the local museum.
In addition there is a bowling alley and the very best restaurants. A short distance away there are nature trails, horseback riding, movies, go-cart track, and more.
James A. Gaston Visitor's Center - 870-445-3629-Dam Overlook Lane - trail head near the front gardens - Interpretive exhibits, theater showing the history of the dam and the area, observation tower and deck, and gift shop make up the features of this center. It's also perfect for capturing the sunrise over Bull Shoals Lake or the sunset over the White River.
Bull Shoals White River State Park - Big Bluff Trail and Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail - trail heads on Powerhouse Rd.
Roy Danuser City Park - Marilyn Avenue - trail head near the playground-
Joan McKilip Green Loop Trail - wheelchair - 0.25 miles
Joan McKilip Blue Loop Trail - Easy - 0.5 miles
Red Loop Trail - Difficult - 0.75 miles
State Park Visitor Center - Difficult - 0.75
Lake Access & Fishing:
Dam Site Park - boat launch and bank fishing
Brown's Beach - 870-445-4775-boat launch and bank fishing designated swimming area with a pebble beach, boat launch with parking
shoreline fishing access, picnic tables, fire pits, playground and
clean restrooms. There is a large pavilion for family reunions and parties.
Point Return Public Use Area - bank fishing
Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock - 870-445-4424 boat launch and services/supplies.
World famous Branson Missouri is approximately 75 miles away with its live musical entertainment, Shepard of the Hills play, and Silver Dollar City. You can visit the Norfolk Fish Hatchery, Ozark Folk Center, Blanchard Caverns, or the Great Passion play in Eureka Springs including shopping, live country music, and comedy shows.Hiking & Trails