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Bull Shoals-White River State Park

153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR 72619

WELCOME to Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Bull Shoals-White River State Park - BEST Places to PicnicIn 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 that features 103 campsites along or near the river (two Class AAA, one Class AA, four Class A, 76 Class B, 20 Tent sites with no hookups, two Rent-A-Camp sites and two Rent-An-RV units). 

Interpretive programs are offered in the park throughout the year. Park facilities include picnic areas, standard pavilions, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a multi-use trail. 

The park's marina/store offers boat, motor, kayak and canoe rentals; and supplies, equipment, and gifts for sale.

The park's 15,744-square foot visitor center opened in fall 2006. The $4.8 million 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. This visitor/education center is named in honor of Jim Gaston of Lakeview, owner of Arkansas�s renowned Gaston�s White River Resort.

The James A. Gaston 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, a 1,720-square-foot area filled with images of the river, lake and dam. 

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.

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.

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