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About Bull Shoals Lake

Bulls Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is a man-made lake 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.

The Dam

Bull Shoals Dam

Bull Shoals Lake was created by one of the largest concrete dams in the United States. Work on the dam began in 1947, was completed in 1951 and dedicated by President Truman in 1952. At least seven small family cemeteries and 20 larger cemeteries were meticulously relocated to accommodate the new lake.

The Lake

Bull Shoals Lake covers 45,000 acres with a 700 mile shoreline at powerpool to more than 70,000 acres with a 1,000 mile shoreline at 690 feet. The bottom of the lake consists of bedrock with very limited vegetation. The shoreline is heavily forested.

Bull Shoals Lake is an impoundment of the White River. Bull Shoals is the farthest lake downstream in a chain of four man-made 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 shoreline of the lake is totally undeveloped and protected by a buffer zone (locally called the "take line") owned by the Army Corps of Engineers. The dam can retain water in the lake to a maximum elevation of 695 feet.


Whether you enjoy boating, skiing, fishing, swimming, camping, picnicking, or even scuba diving Bull Shoals Lake has an activity for you. Support facilities are located in 19 parks operated by the Corps of Engineers, Arkansas State Parks, local governments and a marina. These parks include 18 boat ramps, 11 campgrounds, 13 picnic shelters, 11 marinas, 7 designated swim areas, and hundreds of miles of undeveloped shoreline.

Lake Level, Moon Phase and Weather
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Lake Level 659.36



Fishing Report

Fishing Report

Normal Pool Elevation 654

Bull Shoals Lake Fishing Report 01/02/2013

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