Bull Shoals Lake

How to Plan a Trip to Bull Shoals Lake in the Ozarks

Planning a trip to Bull Shoals Lake in The Ozarks begins with deciding where you want to call your, “home away from home.” From cabins to cottages and hotels to motels, the place you stay can set the stage for your whole trip to Bull Shoals Lake. If you’re looking for a quieter vacation, be sure to check out the camping options that are more isolated. But if you’re hoping for a getaway full of hanging out and meeting new people, explore the lodging that’s closer to the marinas. For extended trips or the whole family, look and see if there’s a vacation home that’s right for you. And of course, there’s no experience quite like renting a houseboat and actually staying on Bull Shoals Lake.

After you decide where you want to stay, you can start choosing what kind of vacation you want to have. It’s not uncommon to build your trip to the Ozarks around fishing, if you’re staying in the Bull Shoals Lake area (especially with White River right next door). Bull Shoals Lake is Arkansas’s largest lake, and the fishing found at Bull Shoals certainly reflects its size. You can find catfish, bass, crappie, and bream in the waters of Bull Shoals. In fact, many state-record-size bass have been claimed at Bull Shoals and fishing tournaments are held on the lake regularly including the 2012 Bassmaster's Elite.

If fishing isn’t your thing, you can take to the water by turning your getaway itinerary into a marathon of water sports and fun in the sun. The marinas at Bull Shoals are a hub for all the equipment and guided water activities you can think of. Everything from canoes to jet skis can be found around Bull Shoals lake. Taking a boat out with water skiing equipment and tubing equipment can ensure a day full of fun in tow for skill levels of all kinds. And you won’t want to miss the snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities on Bull Shoals. You don’t have to travel all the way to the Caribbean to dive into some very cool underwater exploration; you can find it close by in the Ozarks, in the clear waters of Bull Shoals.

Of course there’s all types of activities to be found on dry land around Bull Shoals too, so be sure to check out the hiking and trails in the area. With so much to do, sometimes it’s best to focus your trip around one of the lake’s big offerings like the fishing or marina rentals. Plus, if you decide to camp during one visit, you’ll want to try the houseboat route the next time. Bull Shoals is quite the hotbed for adventure in the Ozarks, so there’s no shame in spreading out all of the activity over a couple of trips.