Bull Shoals Lake, governed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, spans 45,000 acres and has nearly a one-thousand mile shoreline surrounded by deep forests.
History: Bull Shoals Lake is a recreation and water sports paradise nestled in north central Arkansas and southwestern Missouri. The lake was formed after the five-year construction of the massive Bull Shoals Dam was completed in 1952. The dam was built to produce hydroelectric power and to help control flooding in the White River basin. As a note of interest, several small family cemeteries and twenty large cemeteries were carefully relocated to enable construction to continue.
Fishing: Bull Shoals Lake has garnered wide recognition as a prime mid-western fishery. Boasting several Missouri and Arkansas state angling records, the lake is home to many species, ranging from largemouth and stripped bass to walleye. Programs to improve habitat and enhance fishing have resulted in great success. The White River, downstream of Bull Shoals Dam, is the premier trout fishery in the central United States and has yielded Arkansas state records for cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Facilities: Nineteen developed parks around the lake offer facilities including campgrounds, pavilions, docks and boat launches, picnic sites, swimming areas and commercial marinas offering boat and equipment rentals, supplies sales and fishing guide services.
Activities: Visitors from across the nation come to the clear blue waters of Bull Shoals to enjoy camping, water skiing, tube floating, sail boating, wake boarding, scuba diving, and top-rated fishing.