Need A Weekend Getaway?

Man and woman loading car for weekend getaway

With the holidays winding down and winter in full swing, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The confining cold weather and cabin fever make the thought of waiting until Memorial Day for a vacation almost unbearable.

Don’t wait for the next holiday to take a break. Weekend getaways can help you wind down and recharge, improving your performance at work and giving you an overall sense of well-being.

Not sure where to go? Try Driftwood Resort! Located near Bull Shoals Lake, Driftwood Resort offers a beautiful and relaxing getaway. Whether you want to fish at Bull Shoals Lake or in the White River, want to explore local antique shops or spelunk in historic caverns, take a Haunted History Tour of the popular Mountain Village 1890, or simply relax by the pool at our private resort, we have everything you need for the perfect weekend getaway.

Whether you want to come alone, with a significant other, or bring the entire family, we have rooms to accommodate your needs. Take a weekend to relax and recharge and enjoy the beauties that Arkansas has to offer. Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net to book your stay today.

The History of Bull Shoals Dam

Sky View of Bull Shoals Dam

Without Bull Shoals Dam, Driftwood Resort—Bull Shoals itself—might not exist. Learn more about the dam below.

Construction

Starting construction in 1947, Bull Shoals Dam took four years to build and another year to add the power system. Why did it take so long? One factor was World War II. In addition, a 7.8-mile conveyor belt—the world’s second largest—was constructed to deliver the 2.1 million cubic yards of concrete needed from Lee’s Mountain Quarry.

Coordinated by Harvey S. Slocom, nine companies worked on the project:

  • Brown & Root, Inc. of Houston, Texas
  • Wienderlich Contracting Co. of Jefferson City, Mo.
  • Peter Kiewit Son Co. of Omaha, Neb.
  • Winston Brothers Co. Minneapolis, Minn.
  • David G. Gorgon of Denver, Col.
  • Condon, Cunningham Co. of Omaha, Neb.
  • Morrison-Knudsen Co., Inc. of Boise, Idaho
  • J C McGuire & Co., of Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Charles T. Thompkins Co. of Washington, D.C.

They called themselves the Ozark Dam Constructors.

Cost

The largest dam in Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma, Bull Shoals Dam cost $76.4 million dollars. An additional $30 million for the power system put the dam’s cost over $100 million. Considering that 10 million gallons of water cycle through the hydroelectric system every minute to power the dam’s eight generators, it’s well worth the cost.

 

With interpretive exhibits, observation towers, and more, The James A. Gaston Visitor Center can give you more details on Bull Shoals Dam. While you’re in town, reserve a room with us!

4 Unique Ideas for Your Wedding in the Ozarks

bride and groom walking between horses with reins in hand

Looking for a wedding experience in the Ozarks you won’t forget? At Driftwood Resort, we’ve seen our fair share of unique wedding ideas. We’ve listed a few locations below that some of our guests have chosen for their special day.

Bull Shoals Lake

Have you ever thought about having a ceremony on the lake? While you could take a pontoon boat out for the ceremony, you could also go with a more unique approach like getting married on jet skis or decking out in scuba gear for an underwater ceremony.

Mountain Village 1890

Have you heard of Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour? If that’s something that excites you, imagine how amazing it would be to have your ceremony in the church of this haunted village.

Bull Shoals Cavern

If you’re not too excited about the Mountain Village 1890, you could also get married in the gorgeous Bull Shoals Cavern located directly beneath the village. The Crystal Altar room within the cavern is reserved regularly for ceremonies.

White River

Love horses? You could also get married along the White River on horseback. This is a popular area for horseback riding enthusiasts.

No matter where you decide to have your wedding, there are plenty of different ideas that can make your ceremony fun and uniquely you. Need accommodations before or after the ceremony? Contact us to learn about our rates.

Going Fishing at Bull Shoals Lake

Fishing as a Family at Bull Shoals Lake

Bull Shoals Lake is a 45,000-acre reservoir in the Ozark Mountains, offering a clear and beautiful landscape for you to catch some incredible fish. Due to the clear water, the process can be difficult, but quite rewarding.

At Bull Shoals Lake, you’ll find a wide range of fish for both amateur and expert fishers. To ensure a fully stocked lake, the Arkansas Game and Fish and the Missouri Department of Conservation release several hundred thousand fish into the lake each year.

Fishing for BassFish you will find throughout the lake include:

  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Small Mouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • White Bass
  • Blue Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Walleye Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Black Crappie
  • White Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Longnose Gar
  • Freshwater Drum
  • Redhorse Suckers
  • Carp Suckers
  • Hog Suckers
  • Common Garp
  • Threadfin Shad
  • Longear Sunfish
  • Bluntnose Minnow
  • Brook Silversides

Be sure to consider the baits needed for each type of fish. You’ll also have better luck with some fish depending on the area you choose to cast your line. If you’re inexperienced, there are a wide range of guides available to take you out to the best spots and increase the odds of you going home with a fish “this big”.

Looking for the perfect place to stay during your fishing retreat? Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net for more information about booking your next vacation.

3 Must See Tourist Attractions in Bull Shoals

Bull Shoals Dam

When you visit us at Driftwood Resort, we want to you make the most of your stay here in beautiful Bull Shoals, Arkansas. Between the fishing trips and spelunking, we recommend that you take advantage of some of the following attractions.

James A Gaston Visitor Center
This beautiful educational learning center is the perfect place to relax and enjoy incredible exhibits featuring early settlers as well as the surrounding river, lake, and dam. The center also includes a restaurant, observation tower, and gift shop when you’re done.

Bull Shoals Powerhouse and Dam
Located on the White River in Northern Arkansas, the Bull Shoals Dam joins White River and Bull Shoals Lake. Before you take a trip to the lake, we suggest signing up for the Powerhouse and Dam Tour to learn all about the inner workings of the dam and how it was constructed.

Bull Shoals Theater of the Arts
The Bull Shoals Theater is non-profit organization, renowned for their incredible live entertainment. Showcasing everything from ABBA to Conway Twitty, be sure to stop by and check out one of the current shows.

From laid-back to adventurous, there’s something everyone can enjoy when you come to Bull Shoals. Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net to book your stay today.

Bull Shoals Bird Watching

Red-Winged Blackbird sitting on a small branch during late afternoon

Whether you’re new to the hobby or are an experienced bird watcher, Bull Shoals, Arkansas is the perfect place to go to check some more birds off your list. Bull Shoals is home to a wide variety different kinds of fowl, some of which include the following:

  • Lapland Longspur
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Painted Bunting
  • Bobolink
  • Red-Winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-Headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Purple Finch
  • Red Crossbill
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Greater White-Fronted Goose
  • Snow Goose
  • Wood Duck
  • American Wigeon
  • Blue-Winged Teal
  • Northern Pintail
  • Green-Winged Teal
  • Redhead
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Canvasback
  • Greater and Lesser Scaup
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-Crested Cormorant
  • Green Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Osprey
  • Northern Harrier
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Virginia Rail
  • Black-Bellied Plover
  • White-Rumped Sandpiper
  • Caspian Tern
  • Black-Billed Cuckoo
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Warbling Viero
  • Fish Crow
  • Purple Martin
  • Carolina Wren
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-Eyed Junco

Plan your trip and bring your list! We have the perfect accommodations to keep your comfortable and cozy when you’re not on the lookout. With our large pool, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and other outdoor activities, though, you may be able to check a few birds off the list while lounging around.

Book your stay at the Driftwood Resort today!

Fly Fishing for Beginners

Man fly fishing at sunrise

Equipment

You can’t just use any rod and equipment when fly fishing. When buying a rod, reel, and fly line, be sure to find each kind specifically designed for fly fishing. If you plan to stick with it, invest the money in quality gear to help you get better results.

Technique

Learning to cast a fly rod can be frustrating and tricky, but don’t give up. The more you practice, the better you’ll get. Unlike traditional fishing, fly fishing requires that fishermen throw the fly back and forth in the air before landing the fly perfectly on the water. Practice in your backyard (using a fly without a hook or no fly at all) until you feel confident enough to try it out on the water.

Flies

Decide where you’ll be fishing and find out what kind of bugs are in the area. This will tell you want kinds of flies you need to buy.

Try It Out!

Ready to go? Come try your skills at Bull Shoals Lake and use our Driftwood Inn Resort as home base. With a large swimming pool, beautiful rooms, and barbecue grills, it’s the perfect place to wind down and grill up your catch of the day.

Why Bull Shoals Caverns Is Worth Exploring

bull-shoals-caverns

If you’re staying at Driftwood Resort, be sure to stop by the Bull Shoals Caverns. Hiding underneath Mountain Village 1890, you’ll find the beautiful caverns, adorned with stalagmites and stalactites. They were formed 350 million years ago, carved out by water forcing its way into the cracks of the rock. To this day, there is an underground river that flows through the caverns.

How the Caverns Have Been Used

In addition to the wondrous sights, the cave has served many different functions. In fact, humans have been using the caverns since around 300 B.C. for many different things:

  • Native Americans used it as a home. Its first inhabitants were the Cliff Walkers.
  • Settlers from 1800-1900 used it as a well cooler. People in the surrounding area also used it to refrigerate their food and whiskey during World War II.
  • Confederate soldiers harvested saltpeter in it during the Civil War.
  • During Prohibition, moonshiners hid their stills in the caverns.

As you can see, the cave itself has as rich a history as the village above it.

Get tickets today for a tour! After you’ve finished touring the caverns, check out some of the other fun activities Bull Shoals has to offer.

Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour

foggy-forest-at-nighttime

Interested in embarking on an exciting adventure in Bull Shoals, AK? Check out the Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour! Learn what makes this ghost town a must-see attraction.

The History of the Village

What makes Mountain Village 1890 unique? It’s a re-creation of an 1890s Ozark settlement that uses authentic homes and furnishings. The buildings were transported from nearby areas—from two blocks to 125 miles away. There are nine main buildings, a number of outbuildings, and other smaller things to check out on the property. The best part of the village? All of the buildings are actively haunted by ghosts.

A Paranormal Experience

Paranormal investigator William Fleming has spent hundreds of hours in each structure on the property. Throughout the tour, he leads you on a paranormal investigation of the village. Featured in several publications and currently working on publishing his first book about paranormal research and investigation, he uses his knowledge to give you the experience of a lifetime.

Looking for somewhere to wind down after your paranormal adventure is over? Reserve a room ahead of time at Driftwood Resort. You can relax with a soak in the pool or head straight to bed and get a good night’s rest.

Fishing at Bull Shoals Lake, AR

Man fishing on beautiful lake

The Formalities

If you’re planning to fish at Bull Shoals Lake, here’s what you’ll need to know before you go.

The Daily Limits

  • Bream – 50
  • Crappie – 15
  • Shovelnose Sturgeon – No Limit
  • White Bass – 25
  • Yellow Bass – No Limit

Please check here for the daily limits of other Bull Shoals Lake fish.

License Fees

  • Resident 3-Day Fishing License – $6.50
  • Nonresident 3-Day Fishing License – $16.00
  • Nonresident Annual Fishing License – $50.00

To find other licenses available, check here.

The Fun

Bring your gear and prepare for the fishing trip of your life! Here are some of the best lures and baits to use when fishing for the following fish at Bull Shoals Lake.

  • Bream – Grubs, worms, crickets, canned corn.
  • Crappie – Minnows, worms, Silver Hot Shot, Lit’l Hustler.
  • Shovelnose Sturgeon – Bugs, crayfish, dead fish, worms.
  • White Bass – Grubs, minnows.
  • Yellow Bass – Flies, jigs, insects, spinner baits.

The Place to Stay

The Driftwood Resort is located near the crystal-clear waters of Bull Shoals Lake. Spend your day fishing and enjoying the views of the beautiful Ozark mountains, then return to your comfortable, new room and relax while watching your favorite cable TV shows. If you want to take a break from the lake, you can spend the day relaxing next to our large swimming pool or playing horseshoes or shuffleboard.

Visit us at www.thedriftwoodresort.net to book your stay today.