Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce
1337 Highway 62 West
Mountain Home, AR 72653



It's All About the Water in Mountain Home

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. 


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! 


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. 

Sandy Beaches

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. 

Cold Springs

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. 

Check out this list of the Corp's recreational areas for Bull Shoal's Lake and Norfork Lake for more information. 


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. 

Jordan Marina Dive Shop

Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock

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!


Celebrating Red, White, and Blue in Mountain Home

The one thing people love more than spending a day on the rivers and lakes of the Twin Lakes area is topping that day off celebrating the Red, White, and Blue with fantastic fireworks displays! 

On the lakes, onlookers can enjoy a variety of spectacular fireworks displays lighting up starry skies and reflected on the smooth water. There is nothing better than watching these displays from a boat.  If boating isn't your thing, land lovers can find a cozy spot on the shoreline to lay back on blankets and look skyward. Local Bull Shoals Lake fireworks shows can be found at the Bull Shoals dam, at Pontiac Cove Marina and at Theodosia Marina.  Fireworks shows on Lake Norfork are on July 3 at the twin bridges in Henderson, and also at Cranfield Marina.  Fireworks in Arkansas are among the best displays in the country.  Spectators never cease to be amazed by the professional displays that last for at least half an hour.  Specific dates and details can be found on our Events Calendar; check it often for updates and activities for you and your family.

And finally, you can not miss the Red, White, Blue Festival in Mountain Home.  This festival, held every year the weekend BEFORE the fourth of July, has grown into a weekend-long event that draws visitors from across the country.  Kick off your holiday on the campus of ASU Mountain Home, with the many family friendly activities like turtle races and climbing walls, delicious varieties of food, vendor booths, live musical entertainment, a parade, car and tractor shows, a two-night rodeo, and one of the largest fireworks shows in the eight-state region. The professional display has been called one of the "best in Arkansas," lighting up the sky with jaw dropping displays with the latest in pyrotechnics.

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All the details of the 17th annual Red, White, Blue festival can be found at  Make plans now to bring your lawnchairs, your blankets, and your friends and family and get ready to enjoy a wonderful patriotic weekend!  

There is no better place to celebrate and remember our country's heritage and freedom than in Mountain Home, Arkansas! Come celebrate Red, White, and Blue with us this summer.  


Why Mountain Home?


Welcome to summertime in Mountain Home! Why choose Mountain Home, Arkansas as your Arkansas vacation spot this summer...perched almost perfectly in the north central point of Arkansas?  What's the draw to visit here?  And why do so many decide to stay once they visit?   Here's a start at explaining, but truly, you have to see it and feel it to understand it!

Mountain Home, Arkansas lures visitors and tourists from around the globe with the many outdoor activities available against a backdrop of beautiful, natural scenery. Those visitors never have to look far for a place to stay!  Mountain Home’s lodging options range from luxury suites with fine dining to fishing resorts and cabins on the water perfect for families or groups of anglers.  If it's budget or location that you're looking for, there is a lodging choice for you.  From these rustic and serene hideaways (managed by the friendliest of folks) you can reach many attractions and retail centers, most within a 20-25 mile radius. It's easy and convenient!

And the food!  Restaurant options include Italian, Mexican, American and Chinese cuisine. If you prefer to cook your own fresh food, Wednesdays and Saturdays you can enjoy the farmer’s market across from the Court Complex on the downtown Mountain Home square. Local farmers and artisans arrive at 6am, and the market stays open through the early afternoon bustling with activity and home grown and homemade items. An added bonus...on Fridays in the summer enjoy live music on the square! There are also plenty of grocery store options for those cooking in.

And of course, while you're here you MUST take advantage of the great outdoors...hunting and fishing in the wooded hills, on the two lakes, and in the beautiful, clear streams of the Ozark Mountains. Bull Shoals Lake spans 6,000 square feet across the gorgeous natural landscape of North Central Arkansas and South Central Missouri. Bass, crappie, and walleye are abundant, and boat rentals are available. Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the beautifully maintained campgrounds on Bull Shoals or Lake Norfork. The Buffalo National River, less than an hour from Mountain Home, is home to more than fifty species of fish and also offers camping, hiking, boating, and accommodations. 

Mountain Home is also home to Arkansas State University Mountain Home, which offers two and four year programs. ASU Mountain Home boasts The Sheid Performing Arts Center, home to a state-of-the-art Performance Center for concerts, conventions, speakers and events.  The Sheid, as well as the Donald W. Reynolds Library, a 30,000 square foot facility just across the street from ASU Mountain Home, offers regular art exhibits and community events. The Chamber's Calendar of Events keeps track of all the fun things to see and do while you're here - don't forget to check it before you come!  

All this, plus the low crime rate, low cost of living, excellent and abundant healthcare options and quality school systems continue to tranform our many visitors into life long residents.  Why Mountain Home?  One visit, and you'll see for yourself.  Three Rivers, Two Lakes, One Beautiful Life.   


Bass Fishing..Bass Boats...BassMasters - We know BASS in Mountain Home

From bass fishing in Arkansas to bass boat manufacturing, in Mountain Home, fishing is just a part of the culture. Local residents enjoy their early mornings or evenings on the lake, and they know all the sweet spots where the fish are sure to bite. Between Bull Shoals fishing and Norfork fishing, bass anglers rarely leave without a catch. In fact, the bass here are so plentiful that three well-established leading fiberglass bass boat manufacturers are headquartered here, providing vessels sold across the globe.  Many boats, however, and built and sold right here in the region and end up in our local waters.  

Ranger boats are manufactured in Flippin, Arkansas, a mere 20 minutes from Mountain Home. Bass Cat and Legend Bass fishing boats are also handcrafted here, both made in Midway, Arkansas. Shawnee Supreme Boats, a specialists in fiberglass river boats, is also headquartered near Mountain Home.  So, if it's bass fishing that you love, and it's a boat that you need, Mountain Home is the perfect landing place!

The area has become famous for its fishing, and that didn't go unnoticed by a certain national fishing organization. Bassmaster pinpointed Mountain Home and Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes a few years ago to host their Elite Series Bassmaster Tournament.  After months of planning, organizing, and advertising, the Bassmaster Elite Tournament will be here THIS WEEK.  Thursday - Sunday, April 21-24, Mountain Home will host the most elite and well-known bass anglers in the world.  We are so proud to host this tournament, and this unique group of professional fishermen, and we are especially proud to be the first Bassmaster tournament held on two lakes!  They couldn't pick just one...Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork they're fishing both! For more information on this year's Bassmaster event, including a complete schedule of events like weigh in times and live free concerts, visit

And if fishing isn't your thing...

Between Bull Shoals Lake and Lake Norfork, you'll never run out of fun things to do on the lake. The breathtaking lakes are similar in landscape, with long, wide coves and channels and beautiful Ozark horizons in the distance.  Enjoy all those lake activities you love, like wakeboarding, water skiing, water tubing, swimming, scuba diving, and of course, fishing! There are plenty of marinas offering boat and equipment rental, and the Corps of Engineers campgrounds and boat launches are available for easy access. The lake level fluctuates based on rainfall, but is rarely inaccessible. Daily water levels are easily found on the Corps of engineers website.  

Camp out in your RV or a tent, take the boat out for sunset sightseeing cruise on the lake, or hike some of the trails along the Bull Shoals White River State Park trail system. There's always something to do or see on our lakes!
Whether you make it for the Bassmasters Tournament this week, or make plans to visit our lakes this summer or fall, we know you will love it here.  Our area is abundant with natural resources that entice tourists and locals of all ages and all interests during every season.  For more information on planning your bass fishing vacation or your next visit to Mountain Home, check out all we have to offer at


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Interested in visiting the Twin Lakes Area and Mountain Home this spring? Check out the latest Spring Seasonal Download on the website!

Whether you're interested in getting out on trails to hike or bike, exploring local caverns and waterfalls, or jumping in your car for a day trip to see the beautiful dogwoods in bloom, our digital download will entice you to visit this gorgeous area of the Ozarks during our prettiest months- March, April and May!

There is plenty happening in the community as well - from the Arkansas Symphony's String Quartet performing live for audiences at the Vada Sheid Community Development Center on the campus of Arkansas State University Mountain Home to the Bassmaster Elite Fishing Tournamenton Bull Shoals and Norfork Lake in late April. Bassmaster events, April 21-24, are free to community and will include the "Local Flavor" of the Twin Lakes with food vendors, art and craft vendors, family friendly activities and a barbecue cooking contest. Entertainment during the Bassmaster Expo includes recording artists Backroad Anthem, Liz Moriondo and more!

Hobbyists can be entertained as well. Spring festivals, expos and conventions are plentiful. Check out the Sow Bug Roundup, a fly tying expo that draws fly fishing enthusiasts from across the nation and the Cotter Trout Festival, a weekend event on the banks of the White River in Cotter. The Chamber's Event Calendar is updated daily with community events, activities and meetings that visitors can attend.

The redbuds, wildpears, daffodils and forsythia are in full bloom around every bend. Spring rains have filled the creeks and greened the grasses. Spring in Mountain Home is absolutely beautiful and we hope you'll drive in, fly in, or boat in to see us soon!

For more information about vacationing or retiring to the Mountain Home, Arkansas area, visit


Retire to Mountain Home!

Make the Most of Your Retirement in Mountain Home
Once you’re retired, you should be able to relax a bit and enjoy your life. This is one reason that many people make Mountain Home, AR their home in their golden years. Mountain Home has much to offer seniors, from our four beautiful seasons to excellent healthcare to affordable living. If you’re looking for a place to settle down and get the most out of your retirement, you should consider Mountain Home your destination of choice.

The Perfect Backdrop for Living
Mountain Home provides an ideal setting for retirees. With our typical mild climate, you can experience the four seasons all year round. Our small town feel enables those in the retirement community of Mountain Home to feel connected, which is generally a welcome alternative to the isolation of living in a large urban environment. You can also indulge in the outdoor lifestyle: Fishing, hiking, golfing and bird watching are among the wide range of activities that attract senior citizens to the Twin Lakes area.

Superior Healthcare
As a senior, you understand the importance of quality healthcare, and so do the staff members of Baxter Regional Medical Center. BRMC provides all of the services you’ll need to take optimal care of your health. Whether you require emergency care, cancer treatment, renal dialysis or home health services, Baxter Regional is the place you’ll want to turn to for help. 

Affordable Living

Maximizing your finances is essential in your retirement years, and this is easier to do in Mountain Home than it is in a lot of other areas. The low cost of living is just one of many factors that lead seniors to this beautiful town. In fact, this city is more affordable on average than other places in the state, as well as in the U.S. as a whole. You’ll be able to do more and spend less when you call Mountain Home your new place of residence.

When you retire to Arkansas, you’ll treat yourself to the gift of a fulfilling and affordable lifestyle. Come explore Mountain Home and see why others have chosen it as their retirement destination. Once you see what our friendly town has to offer, you may find yourself joining our growing community of happy retirees. Visit for even more information on living and retiring in Mountain Home.


Winter Fishing in Arkansas Awaits!

While many visitors hit the waters of Lake Norfork, Bull Shoals Lake, White River, and Norfork River, few of them realize that some of the best fishing in these waters happens in the winter. The cooler water encourages these fish to breed, and with fewer fishermen on and in the water, competition for them is next to none. Winter fishing in Arkansas draws in the hardy fisherman with plentiful supplies of all sorts of fresh water fish. Striper fishing, trout fishing, rainbow trout fishing and bass fishing yield patient fishermen with plentiful catches to enjoy cooked over an open flame at the campfire. Winter fishing in Arkansas may be one of the area's best kept secrets.

Perhaps the most common fishing in Arkansas, bass fishing, satiates even the most hungry fisherman, both with the satisfying experience and commune with nature and with a flavorful catch. Bass fishing may be the most popular because just about everyone can enjoy it. Bass can be caught from those fishing along the banks, but most prefer to purchase a bass boat to work the waters. Striper fishing and bass fishing are the most popular types of fishing in this area because they are really plentiflu in Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake.

Winter fishing in Arkansas includes rainbow trout fishing.  Trout love the cooler water. Trout fishing in White River and Norfork River is both relaxing and rewarding as the trout are plentiful and the normally elusive rainbow trout make regular appearances in the river as well as in tailwaters of Bull Shoals Lake and Norfork Lake. Anyone wishing to catch a great wall trophy fish will find that a snap here where record sized fish are in abundance. Fishing in Arkansas year round is a great activity the entire family can enjoy, but if you are looking for some peace and quiet, winter fishing in Arkansas can provide the solitude to reset. Whatever your pleasure, our beautiful clear lakes are waiting for you.


Enjoy the Ozarks' Fall Foliage on a Driving Tour

As the leaves turn and show their brilliant displays, fall driving tours in Arkansas are gearing up to enjoy the vibrant displays Mountain Home fall colors. Visitors and residents wait all year to see this brief but spectacular moment in nature where fall foliage takes over the hills and splashes them with vibrant yellows, electric oranges, deep reds and brilliant reds that cover the full spectrum of the warm color palette. Each year these tours are at the top of the list of things to do in Mountain Home. Mountain Home, Arkansas has some of the most beautiful fall foliage in the nation, drawing eager fall fans in from all over the country.

Visitors who embark on fall driving tours in Arkansas, the area's most visited being Mountain Home, find the history as engaging and intriguing as the changing Mountain Home fall colors. Ozark driving tours are self-guided and can be as long or short as the driver wishes, making this a great choice for a family fun day. For the adventurer, the driving tour can last over several days, as Mountain Home, Arkansas, unveils one spectacular fall foliage display after another as it changes each day. It can be experienced as an event, not just a brief moment in time, but slowly, as the cool green of summer slowly yields to the changes the cooler weather triggers in nature, which begin the explosion that spreads over the Ozarks, awakening the brief fall of Mountain Home fall colors.

Fall driving tours in Arkansas are as varied as those who embark on one. Each trip is a unique experience that can combine the history of the area with an immersive sensory experience. Each of the fall driving tours in Arkansas has a looped route, so drivers end up where they began, and some of the planned routes include a pass through the state parks replete with historical facts to add a little something extra into the mix. Ozark driving tours have stood the test of time and remain number one of fall activities on the list of things to do in Mountain Home. Check out this article for even more driving tour information.


Hunting in and around Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Arkansas, one of the country's most sought after retirement and vacation spots, has everything you need for a quaint and relaxing get-a-way. It's also home to one of the best hunting destinations as well. Mountain Home, Arkansas offers approximately 130,000 acres of beautiful hardwood forest, along with two adjoining rivers, Springfed Creeks and unbelievably grassy Meadows.

Many of you who enjoy the great outdoors can enjoy a day filled with hunting in Arkansas. In Mountain Home, there is a wide variety of hunting game to choose from, such as waterfowl hunting, turkey hunting, as well as hunting other species such as rabbit, squirrel and deer. 

If you're one of those people who enjoys hunting and being out in the great outdoors - and particularly being outdoors and hunting in Arkansas, then Mountain Home is the place for you. It has some of the greatest recreational and hunting fields in the country. But if you're coming to hunt, you should come prepared. According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Department, deer hunters must adhere to all of the general hunting and deer hunting regulations. Proper licensing and permits must be obtained before participating in this sport. Additionally antler point restrictions are also enforced in the state of Arkansas. Mountain Home also welcomes youth hunters, as long as they are supervised by a legal parent or guardian, what better way for them to learn to hunt or fish and just fall in love with the great outdoors early on in their lives.

Mountain Home is as beautiful as it is serene. It is elevated 800 ft and has temperatures from 23 degrees to 73 degrees during the fall and winter months and between 46 to 91 degrees during the spring and summer months. Mountain Home, Arkansas offers great lodging and accommodations for those who enjoy recreational activities that includes hunting. It is also very accommodating for those who enjoy this recreational location regardless of the season.  

It is home to some of the best and most wonderful authentic structures in Arkansas while maintaining its frontier character and unbelievably breath taking views. To indulge in this magnificent peaceful of land, make your reservations today.

If it's hunting you choose this fall, don't forget your hunting license! Click here for more information on Arkansas hunting.


Chamber Chat 2.7.18

One of our visitors last week shared a story with us about how The Community Cupboard had exactly what she needed. She stops by on a regular basis to stock the cupboard to help others, but this day, the cupboard helped her. The Community Cupboard was the project of the 2016-2017 Leadership Mountain Home class through the Chamber. The class, comprised of area professionals, completed the ten-month program that ran from August to May.  The program is designed to give participants an in-depth education on the community where they live and work, as well as training in team work, communication and leadership skills. Each year the Leadership Mountain Home class is required to complete a project that will benefit our community. The Community Cupboard’s motto is “Take What You Need, Give What You Can.” Community members are encouraged to take advantage of this box as well as stock it with any non-perishable items including books, water, band-aids,and various other supplies that anyone might need while visiting Hickory Park.

The Chamber is excited to announce our new Visitor and Relocation Guides have arrived! The VR Guide has a brand-new look and will bedistributed at Visitor Centers across Arkansas, handed out at trade shows andsent out to those inquiring about visiting or relocating to the Mountain Homearea.

Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events at enjoymountainhome.comand Like us on Facebook for upcoming events.