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Top Arkansas Fishing Trips
The Little Red River. The White River. Bull Shoals Lake. The North Fork. Norfork Lake. If you’re an angler, you’re probably wishing you were here. These are some of the finest waters in the world for fishing, especially if you’re yearning for that world-record trout or bass. So it’s no surprise that this part of the Arkansas Ozarks - a very beautiful part, by the way - has some wonderful fishing resorts. Here are our Top 10!

The White River Inn

Cotter, Arkansas

View Website +1 (866) 939 - 2127

Fill your trophy room like a true Arkansas river fisherman with the trout of White River. All-inclusive fishing packages jump start your journey to greatness and five suites in the finest travel lodge on 31 private acres assures your own private angler's paradise.

This Western Red Cedar log lodge is a fishing fortress on a 300-foot bluff above the fishing legend of Arkansas' White River. Find luxury features at The White River Inn unmatched by boastful neighbors on the same White River stretch. Custom designed lodge accommodations and a purely private setting add double luxury to your White River experience.


924 County Road 174 Cotter, AR 72626


Fishing packages at The White River Inn only come in all-inclusive! From the time you arrive to the happy-camper-way you leave, you'll be whisked into the White River fishing experience of your dreams!

Related Onsite Offerings

Comfortable accommodations and fishing packages aren't the only attractive aspect of The White River Inn. Enjoy access to the Great Room, Trophy Room, and patio overlooking the White River.


Buffalo Outdoor Center

Ponca, Arkansas

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There are times when a fishing resort becomes much, much more than a fishing resort. This would be one of those times. Buffalo Outdoor Center rests on the Buffalo River - which means, with the surrounding Ozark Mountains, it’s one of the most scenic Arkansas fishing vacations you’ll ever take.

The cabins here are plentiful, in a variety of sizes and levels of luxury. The five Classic cabins provide all the basics - and more - for an Ozarks fishing getaway, complete with stone fireplaces. The Valley Luxury cabins are great for romance, from the intimate Valley Mist with a Jacuzzi tub to the Mills Cabin with an outdoor hot tub and space for eight. And the Mountain Top Luxury Cabins - well, we’ll let you see for yourself. Did we mention fishing? The Buffalo River is much sought-after for anglers is search of smallmouth bass. Yet you’re also likely to run across leopard gar, goggle eye, catfish and more - if you can take your eyes off of the surrounding natural beauty.

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The Buffalo National River is also a tremendous choice for scenic canoeing and spotting elk and a great variety of other mountain and wilderness wildlife.

Fun facts

Buffalo Outdoor Center also has its own wind generator - the first in Arkansas to co-generate.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Riverwind Lodge, with its stunning wilderness views, vaulted ceilings, great room and sleeping accommodations for up to 24, is ideal for business getaways, group events and weddings.


Copper John's Resort

Lakeview, Arkansas

View Website +1 (866) 560 - 2769

Nestled on the lush banks of the world famous White River, Copper John’s Resort provides the ideal accommodations and surroundings for the ultimate fishing adventure.

Being located in the expanse of dense forests in the heart of the Ozark Mountains, Copper John’s Resort offers seclusion in addition to some of the best fishing in Arkansas. For almost a decade the resort has been welcoming fisherman and those looking for a hidden vacation retreat. Upon first arriving at the resort the surrounding terrain, vegetation and wildlife set a peaceful and relaxing tone for the resort. The log cabin construction gives the resort a warm cabin feel while having many amenities to enhance comfort. They offer 10 different cabins that can accommodate from one to eight people respectively. Each of the cabins is rustically furnished and decorated, giving you the feeling of being at an authentic mountain retreat. Between cabins the amenities differ but you’ll find amenities like comfortable beds, full kitchens, quality furniture, fireplaces and a full bathroom. The biggest attraction to the resort is fishing on the White River. No matter your skill level, they have classes and guides to help you maximize your experience. They even have a fully outfitted fishing shop that has all the equipment you’ll need as well as mementos to remember your trip. Copper John’s Resort is ready to help you realize that dream fishing trip you’ve always wanted, contact them today to see how you can make it a reality.


Copper John’s Resort 469 River Road Lakeview Arkansas 72642

Related activities

Fishing is not the only thing to enjoy during your trip to the heart of the Ozark Mountains. From nature viewing to golf, there is a little something for everyone here.

Fun facts

Lakeview has a population of roughly 800 people and the primary source of the local economy is the tourism industry.


Buffalo River Outfitters

St. Joe, Arkansas

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Located on the United States' first national river, Buffalo River Outfitters has been offering fantastic fishing trips for years and years. With multiple species of fish and breathtaking Ozarks scenery, this angling oasis is an Arkansas adventure to remember!

Set off on this stunning river and reel in a wide variety of fish. This crystal-clear waterway is the perfect fishing hole for bass, perch, and catfish. The most popular method of fishing is on a canoe and this outfitter provides plenty of them. Enjoy a relaxing trip surrounding by stunning scenery before you cast your line and hook a boatload of fish. This fishing fantasy is the crowning achievement of the Ozarks! After recreation on the river, enjoy relaxation in your cabin. These spacious cabins exude rustic charm and feature welcoming amenities. Curl up beside the stone fireplace, soak in the scenery from the porch, or fry up the catch of the day on the barbecue grill. Choose a luxury cabin and rejuvenate in the soothing Jacuzzi tub. And, the entire family can fit in these cabins, which can accommodate up to 10 guests!


9664 US-65, St. Joe, Arkansas 72675


The cabin is perched atop Silver Hill, overlooking the Tyler Bend area of the river, offering a cool vantage point during those hot summer days.

Related activities

When you're not fishing, try kayaking, tubing, or rafting. Stay dry and hike the scenic Ozarks or traverse the terrain on horseback. Adventure is always in season!


River Ridge Inn

Norfork, Arkansas

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If you are looking for the only premier fly fishing destination on the North Fork of the White River, look no further than the River Ridge Inn!

Accomplish the goal of every Arkansas fly fishing enthusiast as you try to catch the always elusive "Grand Slam". Catch these four different species of trout (brown, cutthroat, rainbow and brook), and you will become a legend in the Heart of the Ozarks! Onsite fishing guides and instructors will make this a successful fishing group for your entire group, helping you find the perfect spot to land your next trophy fish. One particular stretch of the White River, Dry Run Creek, has been called "the best quarter mile of trout fishing in the world". Why pass up an opportunity to catch your limit in these abundant waters? Arrange your next Arkansas fishing getaway now!


57 River Ridge Road Norfork, AR, 72658


Norfork - 511

Mountain range

The Ozark Mountains

Fun facts

-The Main Lodge at River Ridge Inn provides a six bedrooms and bathrooms, making it the perfect place for groups of up to 20 to stay for a long weekend of family reunion. Or, the lodge rooms can be rented out individually. -For those learning to fly fish for the first time, River Ridge Inn provides a Fly Fishing Academy.


Rainbow Drive Resort

Cotter, Arkansas

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It is the experience and sensation of casting your line over the quiet waters that entice so many fishermen to Rainbow Drive Resort. Enjoy a quiet peace while you wait for the trout to engage with your bait.

Rainbow Drive Resort is nestled in the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks among long standing pines, steady waterways, and vibrant wildlife. This is a fabulous getaway for an angler of any experience level. You can utilize Trout Fishing guide services, or just venture out on your own. Waters are filled with brown, rainbow, cutthroat, and even occasional brook trout. After being on the water all day, come to Rainbow Drive Resort to prepare your catch of the day. Straight from the clear cool waters to your plate, you can enjoy the spoils of your patience and persistence on the water. Relax in fully equipped modern cabins with full kitchens, high ceilings, jacuzzi tubs, and stone fireplaces. Whether you bring your best friend, or the whole family, this will be a fishing trip you will never forget! Enjoy!


669 Rainbow Landing Drive Cotter, AR 72626 US


Rainbow Drive Resort features a lush lawn area where you can relax in the hammock, grill some tasty treats, or gather around the fire pit!

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At Rainbow Drive Resort you are just ten minutes from the closest town that has shopping, eateries, and many other local attractions!


The Fisherman's Lodge

Cotter, Arkansas

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Fishing has always been kind of a community activity. Give an angler a boat and a good trout river, and he’s happy; put a buddy next to him and he’s delirious. Here’s a wonderful lodge that illustrates this point - for groups up to 100. The more the better!

The whole idea of Fisherman’s Lodge is still what keeps it vital today: it was a place for people to stay so they could fish for longer than one day on the fantastic White River. That was 25 years ago. Now, the lodge serves fabulous meals morning and evening on entertainment decks and in the grand dining room; an equally delicious lunch is served out on the shores. That’s not to mention the Great Room, the onsite conference room or the six beautiful guest rooms. It’s also not to mention the fishing. The lodge employs expert guides who conduct four types of fishing trips, including family, trophy trout, group and fast-action fishing, where you’re likely to catch up to 12 fish per hour!


The covered deck at the Fisherman's Lodge provides spectacular views of the Ozark Uplands, the White River and the Ozark Plateau.

Related activities

You can also blend a little golf into your Arkansas White River fishing trip with the Fisherman’s Lodge packages to the Big Creek Country Club, just 15 minutes away.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Fisherman’s Lodge also offers a two-day fly fishing school courtesy of Jim Traylor, professional fly fishing guide.


Norfork Resort & Trout Dock

Norfork, Arkansas

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Planning the ultimate fishing trip has many options to consider such as location, transportation, guides, equipment and lodging. Take the worry out of planning your next fishing excursion by staying at Norfork Resort & Trout Dock.

The goal of the resort is to help you have the best fishing trip you can imagine. Your dream fishing adventure begins with their high quality accommodations and service. The cabins each have a unique layout and can comfortably house groups of almost any size. Each cabin has a different perspective and location so you can enjoy different aspects of the surrounding landscape. The amenities differ from cabin to cabin but include a/c units, porches, full kitchen, full bath, washer/dryer and much more. On site the resort has a swimming pool for guests to use as well as a conference room that can hold up to 75. Fishing is the specialty of Norfork Resort & Trout Dock and it shows in their service and knowledge of the area. They offer a range of fishing trips that have something for any angler. You can go on a fully outfitted trip with a guide and you will always be on the best hot spots. There is also the option to go on overnight camping expeditions where your group and guide stay out under the stars for a memorable experience. You can rent boats and all the equipment you need for your journey right at the resort. Don't miss out on the 100 plus year old tradition of shore lunches. A cook will prepare your catch as well as side dishes and drinks riverside. Let the rustic charm and beautiful surroundings be the backdrop for your ultimate fishing adventure at Norfolk Resort and Trout Dock.


Norfork Resort & Trout Dock 297 Fisherman St. Norfork, AR 72658

Fun facts

The Buffalo River was Americas first river to be named a National River.

Related Onsite Offerings

If your in need of a boat don't worry the resort features boat rentals. Rentals come with life preservers, paddles, net and anchor. There is a max of four people per boat so plan accordingly.


Cedar Springs Country Inn

Bull Shoals, Arkansas

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Discover fishing in the Ozarks with Cedar Springs Country Inn.

Surrounded by great fishing waters, Cedar Springs Country Inn is your destination for excellent fishing. The nearby White River has long been noted as a first-class float stream among anglers. Rainbow, German brown, cutthroat and brook trout are waiting in its waters. Or, if you'd prefer lake fishing, Bull Shoals Lake offers even more fishing opportunities. After a day of fishing excitement, retire to your room for comfortable and rustic charm. Lounge on your cedar construction bed, curl up in front of the fireplace, or enjoy the modern convenience of wireless internet. All this and more awaits you at Cedar Springs Country Inn.


590 Rivercliff Drive Bull Shoals, Arkansas



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Need a break from fishing? Why not hit the green with one of the golf packages from Cedar Springs Country Inn.


Lake Shore Cabins on Beaver Lake

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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One thing we’ve noticed about fishing: it’s not really a noisy sport. Which is what gives Lake Shore Cabins on Beaver Lake an added bonus for your Ozarks fishing getaway: the main highlight here, besides the pure luxury of the Arkansas cabin accommodations, is the peace and quiet.

It doesn’t hurt that these eight spacious log cabins rest on the serene Beaver Lake. From above, the lake features breathtaking limestone bluffs on a total of 487 miles of shoreline. Below, it teems with fish - bream, white bass, catfish and smallmouth bass to name a few. People have been known to haul in 40-pound stripers from the 28,000-acre Beaver Lake, which might explain the abundance of marinas and outfitters here. But back to the peace and quiet: you’ll enjoy all of this from a luxury log cabin, either one or two stories, with showers, comfortable sleeper beds, decks, TVs and simply gorgeous rustic construction. And you’ll never believe the view from your deck. It showcases northwest Arkansas, high in the Ozark Mountains - a complete fishing vacation.


Beaver Lake itself provides plenty of chances to catch the big one, but the creek mouths around it are just as plentiful. They include Ford’s Creek, Cedar Creek, War Eagle Creek and of course the incomparable White River.

Getting there

From Eureka Springs, take Hwy 62 west to 187 South. Turn left. Travel four miles and take the left fork in the road onto Mundell Road. Go two miles. Lake Shore Cabins on Beaver Lake is on the right.

Fun facts

Beaver Lake is the first of the manmade lakes created along the legendary White River in Arkansas and Missouri.


Lobo Landing Resort

Heber Springs, Arkansas

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Every lure is lucky at the Lobo Landing Resort! Claim that perfect river spot for your own when you take the Little Red River road to the Lobo Landing.

The silence is only broken by the calming current of the Little Red River and the wistful whistle of your line, lifting like a kite before falling like a star into the best fly fishing spot in Arkansas. Slip into bliss and into your waders to wander the lucky waters alive with the silver-dollar scales of slippery, shining trout. This isn’t just luck. It’s the Lobo Landing Resort. Lobo Landing Resort is the avid angler’s answer to Arkansas fly fishing. Peek into a simpler past at the riverside log cabins designed with a Montana fishing lodge in mind, but with all the modern comforts of a current Bassmaster. A boat dock, covered walkways, and a fishing deck complete the picture of your next fly fishing adventure in the outback of Arkansas.


Lobo Landing Resort has partnered with Arkansas’ only Orvis-endorsed guide service, Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures, to get you your next trophy trout!

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Seclusion and solitude are the freeing friends of a fly fisherman. Soak in the silence, the peace and quiet, and feel your stresses melt away at the popular but private Lobo Landing Resort. Riverside cabins and your own trophy trout will have you thinking you’re the river king!

Fun facts

“Rip" Collins proved that the Little Red River is a premier trout stream in 1992, when he reeled in a world-record 40-pound, four-ounce brown trout on the Little Red River.