Camping & Fishing in White River, Arkansas

Camping & Fishing in White River, Arkansas
The White River flows through the Ozark Mountains and parts of Arkansas. The river is a prime fishing area for catfish, crappie, bluegill and trout. Along the river are campgrounds, campsites and state parks. Float the river during the day or fish from shore. Then return to your camp at night to cook up the day's catch or swap tall tales around the campfire about the one that got away. Be sure to have an Arkansas fishing license before fishing in the White River.

Rainbow Drive Resort

Rainbow Drive Resort is near the resort community of Mountain Home, Arkansas. The resort has camping spaces for tenters and RV campers. Each site has a fire ring and grill, picnic table and shade providing trees. The resort features a bait and tackle shop, fishing advice from local owners and staff and access to the Rainbow Hole and Wildcat Shoals parts of the river, good spots for wade fishing. If you are seeking primitive backcountry camping and fishing, the resort owns a private island three miles upriver from the resort, where you can camp and fish. Pets under 20 lbs. are allowed at the camping resort if leashed.

Rainbow Drive Resort
669 Rainbow Landing Drive
Cotter, AR 72626
870-430-5217
rainbowdriveresort.com

Bull Shoals-White River State Park

Arkansas runs the Bull Shoals-White River State Park under its state system. Tent campsites, as well as RV sites with hookups (50-amp electric and sewer) are available. Flush toilets, showers, freshwater taps, picnic tables, fire pits and grills, hiking trails and a guest gazebo are at the park. Fishing for rainbow and brown trout is possible from the campground and in the park. In addition to trout, try for bass, catfish, crappie and bream, all found in the river. Pets are allowed at the park if leashed. They may not be left unattended or in parked vehicles. Rainy days aren't washouts, either. Head to the 1,720-square-foot Exhibit Hall filled with images of the river and fisheries of the region.

Bull Shoals-White River State Park
153 Dam Overlook Lane
Bull Shoals, AR 72619
870-445-3629
arkansasstateparks.com

Rose Resort and Trout Dock

The Rose Resort and Trout Dock offers a range of camping, fishing and overnight guided fishing trips on the White River. The resort offers fly-fishing lessons or guided day trips for trout along the White. Overnight camping trips include group camp gear, including wall tents and kitchen supplies, dinners and beverages. Bring your own sleeping bag and pad, clothing and any necessary personal items. Gear and tackle are available for an additional fee. The resort features boat rentals at the lodge property.

Rose Resort and Trout Dock
P.O. Box 82
Norfork, AR 72658
870-499-5507
rosestroutdock.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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