Twin Lakes / White & North Fork River Region
Largest Town: Mountain Home in Baxter County
2nd Largest Town: Bull Shoals in Marion County
No area in the country can offer a better spot for retirement and relocation than the Twin Lakes/ White & North Fork River area of the Ozark Mountain Region. Many of the residents you will meet on a visit to this magnificent land with its giant clear-water lakes and beautiful mountain rivers first visited as vacationers. They found our kicked-back life-style, excellent services, magnificent scenery and superb year-round recreational activities so inviting, they vacationed here time and again. Now these "newcomers" are old-hands at welcoming new families and retirees alike into our Twin Lakes/White & North Fork River family.
We'd love to have you come and visit us. After you've enjoyed the magnificent beauty, superb recreational activities and historical and natural attractions of our mountain haven, take a tour of our superior medical care facility, college campus and area towns. Choose a residence that suits you. Live in small town comfort, in a planned retirement community, on a beautiful hill overlooking a lake or in city style. You're sure to find our old-time community spirit, relaxed life-style and high standard of modern living a perfect fit for your and yours.
Year-round vacationers are always thrilled by the natural beauty of our region. With four mild, but separate, seasons, the Twin Lakes/White and North Fork River area offers year-round recreational activity and magically changing natural environments. Flowering, scented trees and wildflowers begin to appear in late February. Spring moves into summer's moderate temperatures for perfect outdoor enjoyment. Autumn creates breathtaking views painted with the spectacular colors of fall. Mild winters feature an annual snowfall. Curled up by the fireplace or walking on a frosted mountain trail, you'll enjoy the white mountain beauty.
The Baxter Regional Medical Center (BRMC) in Mountain Home is conveniently located to Bull Shoals, the second largest city in the Twin Lakes area, and other local residential communities. Rated one of the top in the state, the facility offers a complete staff of physicians and specialists with a broad range of expertise. Special services include: obstetrics, chemotherapy / radiation therapies, recuperative care and more. BRMC offers a modern 24-hour emergency department with ambulances available and stationed throughout the Twin Lakes area.
Many private care facilities, specialists and family doctors are located through the area. The area is serviced by AIR-EVAC, a private corporation that provides medical air transportation.
Clubs and Organizations
Nationally recognized clubs and local social clubs that cater to every interest, hobby or occupation including clubs for virtually every state in the union are active in the area. No matter what your interest, talent or affiliation, you will find friends and associates who will welcome you to our area clubs. Nationally recognized clubs include L.O.E, V.F.W, American Legion, Rotary, Moose, Lions, Kiwanis and Oddfellows. The area also provides may support groups including: MS Society, AA, Al-Anon, Make-A-Wish and PACK. The "Lake Area Ambassadors Club" is designed to help people who are planning on retiring or relocating in the Bull Shoals Lake/White River area.
Yellville serves as county seat for Marion County, and Mountain Home serves as the county seat for Baxter County. The two county area is governed by a county judge and a quorum court. Both counties, cities and townships have excellent and well-respected law enforcement departments. Marion and Baxter counties both have some of the lowest crime rates in the state.
The Flippin Public Schools and Mountain Home Public Schools are some of the best systems in the area, with several private schools also available. The new Arkansas State University Campus, with its striking "Ivy League" style campus, is located in Mountain Home. The institution is currently a branch of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro with plans to become an accredited four-year college in the near future. ASU at Mountain Home offers degree plan and community classes.
Both career and part-time employment opportunities are available. With six major boat manufacturers in the area, boat manufacturing is a primary industry. Other area industries include; tourism, restaurants, healthcare, plastic and electrical, to name a few. Most businesses and manufacturing plants hire part-time and full-time with flexible work schedules. The current unemployment rate is at less than 4%.
Churches and Religious Organizations
Almost every church denomination can be found in the Twin Lakes area. Many small non-denominational churches welcome visitors to the area.