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


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.


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.


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


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


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.

Popular Activities near Driftwood Resort


Staying at Driftwood Resort? Learn about some activities you can enjoy during your stay:


Go Fishing

Whether you enjoy fly fishing, bank fishing, or offshore fishing, there are many places near Driftwood Resort to land some fish. Bull Shoals Lake boasts different types of bass, perch, catfish, and others. If you’re looking for rainbow, brown, or cutthroat trout, try your hand on White River. If you have limited fishing experience, try a guided float trip.


Enjoy Water Activities

If water sports are more your speed, you’re in luck! Bull Shoals Lake covers around 45,000 acres, leaving lots of room for jet skiing or boating with a ski or pontoon boat. You could even go scuba diving and check out all the wildlife beneath the water.


Explore Bull Shoals

There is a local museum, as well as craft and antique shops in Bull Shoals. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can take a tour of the caverns or check out the Mountain Village 1890 Haunted History Tour. There are also more leisurely activities, such as nature trails, a golf course, and a bowling alley in town.


No matter what kinds of activities you enjoy, you’re sure to find numerous ways to keep yourself entertained.

A Relaxing Oasis in the Wonder State: Arkansas

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A Bull Shoals Lake Sanctuary

Hello and welcome to the Driftwood Resort blog. Here we will be posting blogs detailing some of the many benefits of staying with us, as well as highlighting upcoming events and giving newcomers the lowdown on activities in the region.

Driftwood Resort originally opened in 1954 and existed for many decades as a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. In 1995 the owners closed it down, but the resort resurfaced in 2001 under new ownership. Since that time we have slowly but surely restored this wonderful hotel back to its lustrous origins.

Relax and Unwind in Beautiful Northern Arkansas

The Driftwood Resort boasts 13 rooms that have been recently outfitted with new furniture, bedding, kitchen appliances, and carpeting. Each room is equipped with a Cable TV, wireless internet, and heat & air conditioning. Our goal is to make you feel completely at home, which is why our kitchenettes include ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, and all the utensils and dishes you need to enjoy a meal in your room.

Great Amenities and Customer Service

Southern hospitality is alive and well here at Driftwood, which is demonstrated by our healthy list of amenities:

  • Large swimming pool
  • Horseshoes
  • Shuffleboards
  • Swing set
  • Picnic area (with bbq grills)

Purely Sublime Location

Nestled among the beautiful Ozark Mountains, our resort features breathtaking views of the world-famous White River. Bull Shoals Lake comprises approximately 45,000 acres and 1,100 miles of shoreline – effectively providing visitors with a bevy of activities, from top notch fishing to family-friendly water sports.

To learn more about the many benefits of booking a stay here at Driftwood Resort be sure to peruse our website!