Take a Day Trip to Bull Shoals Lake from Yellville

When you are vacationing in Yellville, Arkansas, you should go on a day trip to Bull Shoals Lake. This lake is located about 15 miles north of Yellville. It has a surface area of more than 45,000 acres and close to 1,000 miles of shoreline. There are about 60,000 acres of public land around the lake, providing lots of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure, ranging from hiking and camping to fishing and boating.

Bull Shoals Lake
Highway 178
Bull Shoals, Arkansas 72619
(870) 445-7166

Swimming and Picnicking

Bull Shoals Lake is one of the most popular recreational spots among locals and tourists in the northern part of Arkansas. There are more than 20 parks around the lake, most of which have beautiful beaches where you can have a picnic and swim in the crystal clear water of the lake. These parks have facilities such as grills, tables, firewood and drinking water, and they are perfect spots for family outings.

Hiking and Biking

If you wish to go hiking around Bull Shoals Lake, there are many trails for you to choose from. Some of the popular trails include the Big Bluff Trail, Bluebird Trail, Gaston Wildflower Garden Trail, Hidden Hollow Wildflower Trail and Lakeside Trail. Most of these trails are very well-maintained, and they are suitable for children as well. During your hike, you can take in many wonderful sights around the lake and see wide varieties of plants, animals and birds. For biking enthusiasts, there is an Oakridge Mountain Bike Trail that provides excellent challenges for both beginners and experts. The trail runs through many different types of terrain, including dirt roads, creek crossings and open meadows.


There are many great campgrounds around the lake, and they range from Class AA to Class D campsites. Most of them charge very reasonable rates, and they provide basic amenities such as tent, electrical hook-ups, water, showers and dump stations.


Bulls Shoals Lake offers year-round fishing, and it attracts numerous anglers from different parts of Arkansas as well as other states. Some of the species of fish that can be found in the lake include the largemouth bass, white bass, spotted bass, crappie, bream, channel cat and walleye. You can expect to catch bass that weigh up to 12 pounds at the lake. Below the Bull Shoals Dam, you can fish for brown, rainbow and cutthroat trout.

Other Activities

Other interesting things that you can do at Bull Shoals Lake include touring the Bull Shoals Dam, climbing the Mountain Tower, feeding giant carps from a boat, visiting historic Bull Shoals buildings and exploring the Bull Shoals Caverns. Before you head back to your Yellville Bed and Breakfast, you should purchase a souvenir or two at the gift shop in the Visitor Center.

To get to Bull Shoals Lake from your Yellville Inn, you have to drive north on Highway 62. You will see Highway 178, or 1st Street, as you approach the town of Flippin. Turn left into Highway 178, and it will take you straight to the lake.