Shoals-White River State Park
153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR 72619
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
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
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
Interpretive programs are
offered in the park throughout the year. Park
facilities include picnic areas, standard pavilions,
playgrounds, hiking trails, and a multi-use
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
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
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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