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Bull Shoals-White River State Park Campground

153 Dam Overlook Ln, Bull Shoals, Arkansas 72619-2845 USA

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“enjoy the ozark beauty!”

In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake join at the Bull Shoals dam. Together these waters form one of the nation’s finest fishing and boating combinations. The White River is renowned as mid-America’s premier trout stream, famous for its record rainbow and brown trout. Bull Shoals Dam forms Bull Shoals Lake, Arkansas’s largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, catfish, crappie, and bream. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters. The park is a popular camping destination that features 102 campsites along or near the river (34 Class AAA, four Class A, 44 Class B, 20 Tent Sites with no hookups), one Rent-A-Camp, and three Rent-An-RV). Interpretive programs, workshops, and nature camps are offered in the park throughout the year. Park facilities include picnic areas, standard pavilions, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a multi-use trail. The park's marina/store offers boat, motor, kayak and canoe rentals; and, in addition, supplies, equipment, and gifts for sale.The park visitor center is situated on a high point across the dam from the rest of the park's facilities. The center affords a sweeping view of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, and Bull Shoals Lake. This 15,744-square-foot visitor/education center is named in honor of Jim Gaston of Lakeview, owner of Arkansas’s renowned Gaston’s White River Resort. The James A. Gaston Visitor Center serves as the primary visitor contact point at Bull Shoals-White River State Park, and is the focal point for the interpretation of the White River, Bull Shoals Dam, Bull Shoals Lake. Interpretive exhibits are featured throughout the lobby, gift shop, Johnboat Theater, and 1,720-square-foot Exhibit Hall filled with images of the river, lake and dam. These state-of-the art exhibits, and the video presentation in the Johnboat Theater, share the history and tell of the fish these waters hold. The center also includes an observation tower, gift shop, two classrooms, and the park staff's offices.

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4.5 Access
4.7 Location
4.7 Cleanliness
4.6 Site Quality
4.5 Noise

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Campendium

March 20, 2017
Rated

We did not stay here. Drove in on Sunday 3/19, AR spring break started. Place was jumping, many sites full, lots of people, boats/trailers everywhere and lots of campfires smoldering.

Sites close together, but accessible. Several loops and lots of facilities for activities.

Not what we were looking for, drove a few miles to a COE and got exactly what we wanted for $10. The SP is fine for young families or gatherings. This one is popular place.

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 0

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5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Campendium

June 01, 2020
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This is a beautifully placed campground along the White River. The sites are large, paved and most offer shade. We stayed at a site that backed up along the river with water & electric hook up (full hook ups are also available) This campground also has great hiking trails with amazing views of the dam and river. This would definitely be a place we'd return to.

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Nightly Rate: $36.00

Days Stayed: 2

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5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Campendium

June 03, 2020
Rated

We've stayed here 4 or 5 times a year at different seasons, it's always a great place to stay and the staff is awesome at helping you with anything you may need. Their's just about anything you want to do here and in the area, I would recommend call first, some of the site's book up fast.

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Nightly Rate: $36.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: #11 #74 #10 #49 #87

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Campendium

June 03, 2020
Rated

This is one of the nicest state park campgrounds we have stayed in. Our site was right on the river full hookup. Splurge and hire a guide to trout fish on the river. You won’t be disappointed

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Nightly Rate: $36.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 74

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Campendium

June 22, 2020
Rated

Not a very friendly place, they made us move 3 times after we lost our cat, even though we asked for a spot we could pay for daily for a week. The spots they moved us from didn't have anyone occupying them after we moved. Decent views and water access, but will look elsewhere on the river in the future.

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Nightly Rate: $25.00

Days Stayed: 5

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2 Access
3 Location
2 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Campendium

July 21, 2020
Rated

If you love fishing, this is the park for you. The park was clean and the sites were far enough apart. We loved going down to the docks and sitting on the swings by the river. Arkansas does a great job maintaining their state parks.

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 2

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5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Campendium

September 05, 2020
Rated

We have a 15 foot travel trailer with fairly small holding tanks, so restrooms in the park are important to me- and I will start my review off by saying that I was very impressed by the bathrooms. Apparently, they are updating all of the restrooms in the park and I did not see the other ones, but the bathrooms that were closest to us were brand new. The building had 4, and each one was a large room, with a shower, toilet and sink, and were very clean and bright. Love the privacy!

The park was clean, well maintained, and everyone was very friendly.

I had full reception- we have sprint, which just merged with T-Mobile. The weird thing is that my husband has an iPhone on the same network but had less of a signal than my samsung phone.

The trout dock is a great little shop where you can buy ice, firewood, souvenirs, snacks, fishing essentials, and other necessities. They were also very friendly in the store. We purchased our fishing licenses online, but I think you can get them at the trout dock. The trout dock also has the WiFi- and we were too far from it to pick it up. Not a huge deal. We only rely on WiFi if the weather is bad, plus, we have good old fashioned books to read if that were the case.

Our site was spot number 80. We chose that one because it was at the end, which is where we like to be. We have 2 dogs, and worry that they will annoy other people, so we try our best to stay at the end of most parks. One thing that was strange about this site is that the pad with the picnic table was on the opposite side of our camper- which was awkward, but not impossible. There was also no sewer hookup, but that doesn’t bother us at all. Especially since the restrooms were so nice.

Unfortunately, the loop for the cars was right by us, and our boy dog HATES white vehicles (because of the US Mail vehicles also being white) which I find a little hilarious, As luck would have it, there were a lot of white cars driving around, lol. So, he barked every time he saw one, which is more our issue than anyone else- it was just a funny anecdote I wanted to share.

We were there Tuesday through Friday before Labor Day, and found out that a large number of the park visitors have been coming for years- some for 15 or 20 years. That says something to me about this park. If it was terrible, you wouldn’t come back!

The wildlife was fun, saw some vultures that freaked the dogs out, lol. Saw an armadillo, a ground hog, and lots of deer. Thank goodness there were no bunnies, because I have a beagle and she would have found a way to escape just so she could hunt.

Only negative I have to report is that there were no on-site laundry facilities, which is not a huge deal at all. I usually like to do the laundry before we take off so everything is clean for our next RV adventure. There were locations near us where you could do laundry.

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Nightly Rate: $25.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 80

3 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Campendium

April 07, 2021
Rated

This campground was a stop through for us as we headed north to South Dakota. We did here for 7 days. The riverfront sites were pretty beautiful and nice spots, but those were electric and water only. We were unable to get a riverfront spot, but we did get a full hookup with sewer for $35 a day. The campground was fine, the bathrooms were clean. The sites were larger than some state parks but definitely not secluded. Our particular spot was right next to the bathhouse and bait shop and we had a non-stop parade of people walking through our site. That’s more of an awareness thing than a review on the campsite, but it was definitely frustrating trying to work or sleep and people stopping and having a conversation 3 feet from your rig. Also, our spot was like parking in a Walmart parking lot because the giant spot lights shining on the bathroom area never shut off. It felt like summertime in Iceland - the sun never set. It was very much big rig friendly and easy to access the state park. There’s a short hiking trail behind the campground that takes you up to a bluff that was really neat. A few Mike’s away, there was some 35,000 year old caves and a tour of the caverns. That was $19 a person and pretty interesting. We worked all week long and had zero issues with internet connectivity. We had 3-4 bars of LTE on our Verizon phones and great connectivity with our T-Mobile booster for our router. I would definitely recommend if you’re a fisher and if you can snag a riverfront spot.

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: 61

5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
3 Noise

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May 03, 2021
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This is a gem in the Ozarks. Check in was remote as they called the day before and made it easy to just go right to our site. We are a larger rig, 44 feet, and it was easy to drive on the roads getting in and parking was simple. We had a back in site on the 2nd row from the river which had full hookups! 50 amp, sewer and water. The lot was really large and included a square tent site Asphalt pad with grass and rocks surrounding it. A nice hike right off the campground and picnic tables on the river that you can use at any time. You have to have breakfast at Hank and Katies; local diner with awesome pancakes :) The bathroom and showers were clean and easily accessible. We will be back, for sure!

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 92

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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November 13, 2021
Rated

There are three areas - campground A loop, main road that loops along the River and back, and tent sites near the woods. There are 3 stationary “rent an RV” with riverview decks. Linda called the day prior to check us in, verify final payment and give correct address 129 Bull Shoals Park Lakeview AR. Our site 51 had 30 amp with water, level, table and fire pit, on a small bluff, 50 yards from the river accessible by stairs, 3 sites down from boat landing store, 2 bar ATT (3 with MIMO) and long enough for 25’ and TV. Some of the sites are really short and tables on rear side. Lots of full hookup sites $38 riverside and across the road with river view. We switched to 59 full hookup backing up to tent area for extra night, level but less private.. Beware: bath house across from the store has bright night lighting. Bath houses were very clean. We hiked the 1.75 mile trail to a bluff, rented a boat (4 hrs $100) and had outstanding homemade pie from Gastons Lodge - A+. Dump station at exit. Pet friendly. The sites in area A are generous on a higher bluff, some with metal railing, lots of big rigs there. Only downsides to this lively SP are: main road has decent flow of vehicles all day; two lane winding mountain road from south. We were here for fall colors which made it near perfect. Booked 368 days ahead for next year and best sites were almost gone - grabbed 70 riverside.

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Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 51

3 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Bull Shoals-White River State Park Campground

153 Dam Overlook Ln
Bull Shoals, Arkansas
72619-2845 USA
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