Bull Shoals-White River State Park is a state park of Arkansas, United States. The park consists of two parts located on opposite sides of the White River above and below Bull Shoals Lake. On the east side of the river are the remains of an earthen dam originally built in 1928 to provide water for irrigation and downstream flood control. A new concrete arch dam was completed at that site in 1932. The Bull Shoals Dam is across the river from the Bull Shoals-White River State Park.
Downstream from Bull Shoals Dam is the lake itself, which provides boating and fishing year round. Bull Shoals-White River State Park has such amenities as hiking trails, primitive camping areas (no running water or electricity), boat ramp, swimming beach, picnic area, playgrounds, nature center, gift shop, bait & tackle shop, RV sites with water and electric hookups, cabins, campsites for groups, lodges, and resorts.
There also is a marina with over 100 full time residents and seasonal visitors who have their own boats docked there. Fishing licenses are required and are available at the park.
Hunting is not allowed in any part of the park, but hunters may use the adjacent Ozark National Forest lands to access the White River via the Highway246 bridgehead road. Bull Shoals Lake is a reservoir created by Bull Shoals Dam, one of several dams along the White River. It is formed primarily for recreational purposes; its main feature is Bull Shoals Beach, which runs nearly all the way around the lake. This is a popular local swimming destination during the summer season.
Other facilities include the Bull Shoals Nature Center, which features exhibits about the history and ecology of the region; the Boathouse, where snacks, drinks, and bait can be purchased; and the Bait & Tackle Shop, where anglers can purchase supplies and equipment.
In addition to these facilities, the nearby Ozark National Forest land allows for easy access to other outdoor activities such as:
- mountain biking
- horseback riding
All within 30 miles (48km) of Bull Shoals-White River State Park. Camping overnight in the park requires using one of four designated campgrounds. Two of those campgrounds contain only modern facilities while the other two consist entirely of equestrian campsites.