A Guide to the Arkansas Ozark Mountains Seasons
Some 50 percent of all Americans now take vacations lasting 7 days - or less. But
they are making more frequent trips throughout the year. To help you plan your year around
trips, a guide to the seasons of the Ozarks follows below. First a few general pointers.
The reason most people travel to the Ozarks is for
outdoor recreation. However, there are also some interesting ways to combine the Great
Outdoors with the "Great Indoors", which many of our guests do! One day they
take day hikes, fish, or otherwise enjoy outdoor recreation. The next day they'll take a
day trip to Branson for some of America's best live musical entertainment. Or they travel
to Springfield for a day of shopping. You are not limited to just outdoor activities!
If you are an outdoor enthusiast consider using Bull
Shoals Lake Resort as a "base camp" from which you can engage in several
activities - both indoors and out. The obvious choices are summer activities like water
skiing, swimming, and boating. But when the weather is too cool for these warm weather
activities, you'll discover a whole long list of other outdoor activities not possible in
The Bull Shoals area is one of the most biologically
diverse regions of America. With 115 different Eco Land Types (ELTs) in the area, you and
your camera will stay busy. A "discovery" usually happens several times per hour
when out hiking. Birds, mammals, insects, amphibians, some 240 tree species, and over 300
species of wildflowers - all occurring in some fascinating karst geology - keep your
attention in high focus. This a macro photographer's paradise!
If you are a mountain biking enthusiast you'll
appreciate the Pigeon Creek National Recreational Trail System that is 20 minutes from
Bull Shoals Lake Resort. This system of stacked looped trails offers a full range of
easy-to-difficult terrain under the canopy of the Ozark forest. Some 20 miles of trails
please both bikers and day hikers. Just 10 minutes from Bull Shoals Lake Resort is Bull
Shoals State Park. There you'll find interpretive trails as well as nature-related
programs put on by the State.
Fishing on Bull Shoals lake is good almost all year,
but the best action occurs in March, April, and May. It slows in hot weather, then picks
up again in the cooler fall months. Largemouth, smallmouth, and Kentucky bass are the
primary sportfish. Bull Shoals also has an excellent population of walleye and crappie.
When it comes to river fishing you have a choice of
fishing for four species of trout -rainbow, cutthroat, brown, and brook - in the White and
North Fork Rivers. These two premier trout fishing rivers are some of the best in the
world. Indeed several World Line Class records have been set on the White and North Fork,
including two of the three largest brown trout ever caught anywhere in the world!
Regardless of what you enjoy about the outdoors, you
can do it from a boat in the Ozarks. Rent one of our deck boats and explore the lake.
There are thousands of public lands all around the lake's shoreline. You can fish,
photograph, and explore from a deck boat and cover more area in a day than by any other
You can also drive to many different forests, rivers,
and streams where you'll find more public lands. We are centrally located so that no
matter which direction your travels take you, returning at the end of the day is that much
Whatever your interests, ask us for help in planning
your next trip to the Ozarks - regardless of the season we are here for you!
- March 15 to May 14 (61 days)
Dogwoods in bloom
By March 15th, any snow has melted. Daytime
temperatures warm up to well above freezing. Fishing remains good. The bald eagles and
osprey which wintered in the area have migrated back to their summer grounds. By the end
of the month the first wildflowers begin to bloom. Wildlife activity picks up as birds
start returning from South America and begin establishing their local territories. Animals
are actively seeking dens and feeding heavily on fresh greenery. This is a good time of
year to day hike, fish, bicycle, and explore the lake by boat.
By April the redbud trees begin to bloom. If winter and
early spring rains have been normal, the redbuds display large amount of dark pink blooms
and can be seen almost everywhere in the understory of the Ozark forests. One of the best
ways to enjoy redbuds is by boat, or by driving country roads. The peak bloom normally
occurs around the 10th of the month. If you have never seen this native tree of the Ozarks
in bloom you'll want to see it!
By mid April fishing action picks up even more as the
fish sense the arrival of fresh food supplies coming into the lake from creek waters. By
mid April the redbuds begin to fade and the white dogwood trees start blooming. This area
is famous for its spectacular dogwood displays! As with redbuds, you can view dogwoods
from a boat or car in the forest understory. The dogwood bloom is over by the end of
The first two weeks of May can either be the last of a
late spring or the first of an early summer. In this transition period some of the most
beautiful weather of the year occurs. It usually is warm enough to swim a little but not
too hot to hike.