When the weather heats up and the days grow longer, visitors and residents of Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area head straight to the water. In fact, this Ozark oasis is known across the globe for its pristine rivers and lakes. Check out all of the fun, memory-making activities Mountain Home and the Twin Lakes area has to offer on the water, in the water, and even under the water.
ON THE WATER
As soon as the temperature begins to rise so does the number of boats on the lake. There are several marinas and public access boat launches throughout the Twin Lakes area to make sure you get on the water as quick as possible.
No boat. No problem! Many of our marinas and resorts offer boat rentals for all kinds of boating fun. Many marinas even offer other watersport equipment rentals such as skis, wakeboards, paddleboards, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and every kid’s favorite…tubes/towables.
Check out our list of MARINAS AND BOAT RENTALS in our BUSINESS DIRECTORY to help you get started!
IN THE WATER
Whether by boat, hiking a trail, or taking a ride, you are sure to find the perfect area to take a dip, relax, and have a little fun in the sun.
One doesn’t think of white, sandy beaches when they think of the Ozark Mountains. Perhaps it is one of the area’s best-kept secrets. While many of these beaches can only be accessed via boat, there are a few that can be accessed by driving.
By Boat Only – Barren Point Beach, Sand Island/Jordan Island, White Bluff Beach
By Driving – Calamity Beach, Brown’s Beach (Bull Shoals), Lakeview Recreation Area (Bull Shoals)
If getting sand in your swimsuit is not your thing, then grab a friend and a boat and find one of the many coves covering the lakes. Coves are great areas to meet up with groups of other like-minded boating enthusiasts. In fact, it is a common site to see three to five boats all tied together. Drop the anchor, grab a floatation device, and you are on your way to a full day of fun…just don’t forget about the sunscreen.
Coves are also an excellent area to begin learning how to ski and wakeboard.
If the water seems too warm for your taste, a swim in the cold, natural springs is what you need. These swimming holes offer the cool, refreshing water of local rivers and springs. Big Spring Park in Cotter, Arkansas is a local favorite.
Army Corp of Engineer and Resort Recreational Areas
There are also a number of recreational areas throughout the Twin Lakes area. Many of these areas offer various forms of camping with many upgraded amenities such as flushable toilets, showers, and water/electric hook-ups. They also offer some of the best swimming holes around with picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds a short walk away.
UNDER THE WATER
Fun and adventure isn’t just for the top half of the water. Take that adventurous spirit and explore a whole new world below the surface as you dive into one of the country’s top rated scuba and skin diving locations.
Norfork Lake and Bull Shoals Lake are both known for their crystal clear and refreshing waters. With up to 60 feet visibility at certain times in the year, it has become a mecca for many scuba and skin diving enthusiasts around the country.
Swim your way through sunken caves, walls of rock, an abundant underwater forest, and the remains of a playground.
Need a diving certification? Need air for your tank? Don’t worry. There are full-service PADI dive shops available to help provide you with all your diving essentials such as equipment sales and service, instruction, and even dive boat rentals.
These are just a few reasons people come from miles around to enjoy our beautiful slice of heaven in the Ozarks. Whether you enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding behind a fast boat or simply enjoy a lazy day floating in a cove, the clear and calm waters of the Twin Lakes offer plenty of activities for all ages.
For more information on what you can do while on vacation in Mountain Home, download our Vacation Relocation Guide today!