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Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas

#38 of 85 in Nature in Arkansas
Bull Shoals Lake is an artificial lake or reservoir in the Ozark Mountains of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri. It has hundreds of miles of lake arms and coves perfect for boating, water sports, swimming, and fishing. Nineteen developed parks around the shoreline provide campgrounds, boat launches, swim areas, and marinas.
Bull Shoals Dam was created to impound the White River by one of the largest concrete dams in the United States and the 5th largest dam in the world at its inception. Work on the dam began in 1947, was completed in 1951 and dedicated by President Harry S. Truman in 1952. At least seven small family cemeteries and 20 larger cemeteries were meticulously relocated to accommodate the new lake. Recent national events include Brostock 2010 and 2011 and the TBF Bass Federation and Bassmaster Elite Series Tournaments in 2012.
Bull Shoals Lake impounds the White River for the last time as water travels toward its mouth on the Mississippi River. Bull Shoals is thus the lake farthest downstream in a chain of four artificial lakes that include (from upstream to downstream) Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo. The lake is controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers and has the primary purpose of flood control. The level of the lake fluctuates regularly with a normal pool level elevation of 654 feet above sea level, which is locally known as powerpool. However, the lake regularly fluctuates between an elevation of 630 to 680 feet. The upper part of the lake, below nearby Powersite Dam, is known as the "Pothole".
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  • Great Lake to be at. Clean and small place to bring the family. Many different resorts to stay at and even a few boat marinas  more »
  • Anchor your boat in one of many quiet isolated coves and enjoy the wonderfully clear water. Check out your toes (at least 10 feet vertically) while floating in your own space. Holiday weekends bring....  more »
  • If you like Table Rock but hate all the people, Bull Shoals is the place to go. It's quiet and peaceful but just as beautiful and with all the amenities of the other lakes nearby.
  • Best lake in North Central Arkansas by far! Clean clear water, great fishing with world record lunker possibility in every cast!

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