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Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas

#40 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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  • We have been coming here with our friends for several years, and we love it. The water is clean, the lake is large and uncrowded, and it's great for boating, fishing, swimming, and snorkeling. Our fri...  more »
  • exciting! CLEAN water,nice to swim,ski,tube,or just relax.big! family fun.deer everywhere, we love it  more »
  • I drove though this area in order to set up some night photo opportunities. There is a lot of residential building around the lake shores. Many of the roads I thought were heading to the lake edge were actually just being built to access new private lots. I found some that had not been developed yet though as was able to get my photos of a sunrise and some surrounding area.
  • Very large with many twists and turns. On a busy day you feel secluded. Feels wild and untamed. I love it.

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