White River

The granddaddy waterway in this part of the state is the White River — a 720- mile behemoth that flows north to south from the Ozarks to the Arkansas Delta. In the northern reaches, the river starts rapid and wild, especially during the spring, then settles down during the rest of the year. The immense size and power of the river led to multiple dams through the years, and these not only control flow, but they have created outstanding recreational opportunities. Canoeing/kayaking, camping, and hiking opportunities abound along the White River, as does fishing for catfish, bass, walleye, and sunfish. The trout fishing here is world-class, particularly near Bull Shoals Dam. The dam sits right inside the Bull Shoals-White River State Park; check out the visitor center for a good primer on all of the region’s recreation and wildlife. Or, visit one of the many resorts here for a relaxing weekend.

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