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Welcome to Bull Shoals Lake!

Bull Shoals Lake provides a beautiful and quiet getaway. With over 100,000 acres of land and water combined, this is the place to meet all of your recreation needs!
Bull Shoals Lake is the perfect, quiet place to go for wildlife viewing and photography.
Seeking a clear, clean and un-crowded 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 miles of lake arms and coves perfect for boating, water sports, swimming, and fishing. Twelve developed parks around the shoreline provide campgrounds, boat launches, swim areas, and marinas. A variety of other recreation opportunities can be found on the 56,413 acres of public land that is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The White River tail waters of Bull Shoals Lake, is home to one of America’s premier trout streams, famous for producing record breaking rainbow and brown trout.
A Great Blue Heron stalks its prey at Highway 125 Park on Bull Shoals Lake.
Whatever your interest, Bull Shoals Lake offers unlimited opportunities for natural resource-based recreation.  Whether you are pursuing the many game or fish species, watching the beautiful wildflowers and animal life, or hiking through the forests, everyone enjoys the natural resources around Bull Shoals Lake.   Our parks give you access to many activities, from boating, swimming, and fishing to camping, hiking, and hunting.   Bull Shoals Lake is the place for you and your family to spend your vacation, to enjoy a weekend getaway, or to just go somewhere for the day.

With wide open, breezy stretches for sailing and quiet, and secluded coves for skiing and swimming, the clear and uncrowded waters of Bull Shoals Lake are ideal for water sports. Scuba diving is excellent, attracting divers from throughout the central United States. With 48,195 surface acres of water, Bull Shoals Lake is also known as a great place for fishing. The wooded and mostly undeveloped shoreline allows for ample room to enjoy the hills and hollows.

Developed parks offer campsites that range from rustic to modern with electrical hookups, playgrounds, group picnic shelters, designated swimming areas and boat-launching ramps. Fees are charged for the use of some facilities. Concessionaire-operated marinas provide boat and motor rental, fuel and other related supplies and services. 

Dogwood Trail, Wildwood Trail, and the Forsyth Trail enable nature observers and photographers to view nature through the change of seasons. Spring-flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers add subtle colors, while fall brings the hills ablaze with the colors of oaks and hickories.  Viewing wildlife is a popular activity on the and around the lake, and these trails provide access to a variety of habitats.

The 56,413 acres of public land around Bull Shoals Lake provides the hunter with good opportunities for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrel, rabbit and quail. Migratory birds and waterfowl, such as doves, ducks and geese are also found here. Some areas are cooperatively managed with state and volunteer organizations to provide maximum benefits for both game and non-game wildlife.

The area has a wide range of accommodations and services for visitors. More detailed information about lodging, restaurants and other recreational opportunities can be obtained from area chambers of commerce.