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The Ozark Mountains offer some of the best scenery in the midwest. Millions of tourists from around the country visit the Ozarks each year to view the rugged mountains and picturesque landscape. These ancient hills are well known around the world for their rivers, lakes, and streams.
Perhaps the most enticing of these waterways is Bull Shoals Lake, along the border of Missouri and Arkansas. Known for its clarity and sport fishing, scuba diving and endless water sports activities.
The City of Bull Shoals is located at 36°22′51″N 92°35′8″W / Lat 36.38083 & Lon -92.58556 in the Ozark Mountains of North Central Arkansas just a few miles from the Missouri border.
The Bull Shoals Dam is considered to be both a historic site and a tourist attraction, simply because of its size and the massive volume of water it retains. The dam was built in 1958 for flood control on the White and Arkansas River's, and created the beautiful clear blue waters of Bull Shoals Lake.
Bull Shoals Lake offers extreme possibilites for all kinds of water sports including world class fishing, but has been most recently acknowledged as some of the best wakeboarding water in the country!
Attractions in the Bull Shoals Lake - White River area include everything from fishing, cave tours, antiquing, driving tours, hiking trails and music festivals, professional water sports events, and a great 4th of July Fireworks display.
No matter what your interest might be, the Bull Shoals Lake-White River area has a little of just about everything. Whether visiting for a day or a lifetime, there is always something to do or see.
Being the "Hub of the Ozarks" no matter where you stay, you are but a short drive from playing golf at Rivercliff Golf Club on the White River here in Bull Shoals or one of the numerous courses in the area. There is always a show at Bull Shoals Theater of the Arts, plenty of craft shows, horseback riding, Top O' Ozarks tower, bowling, nature trails, Mountain Village 1890/Bull Shoals Caverns, movie theaters, family fun centers, Bass-Pro Shop, boat manufacturing tours, and of course, tours of Bull Shoals Dam.
You can also visit the eclectic charm of Eureka Springs, a craft mecca at Hardy and a variety of shows at Branson, MO.For festival goers, we have many of interest such as, Holiday Trail of Lights, July 4th fireworks, Art in the Park, Firefighters Recognition Day, and Yards and Yards of Yard Sales, just to name a few.
Many folks are amazed at the history and folklore of the Ozarks. Much of the history is unpublished and is passed down from generation to generation. The native people of the Ozarks were a rough and rugged bunch of souls who contributed a great deal to the growth of the country.
Here are just a few simple facts in regards to the history of the Ozarks, Bull Shoals Lake and White River:
- The Trail of Tears crosses the White River below where Bull Shoals Dam stands today.
- The Wolf House at Norfork is the oldest structure of its kind west of the Mississippi. It was also the first courthouse in the Arkansas Territory.
- Many battles of the Civil War were fought up and down the White River as both the Union and the Confederate States tried to gain control of the river from Missouri to Mississippi.
You may experience many historical and interesting treasures of the Ozarks as you drive the back roads and the driving tours throughout the Bull Shoals Lake and White River area of the Arkansas Ozarks.Do not forget the biggest attraction to the Bull Shoals Lake and the White River. That is the area itself and all that it has to offer.