In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals Lake surrounds the peninsula where Diamond City is located. These waters form one of the nation’s finest fishing and boating combinations. Bull Shoals Lake is Arkansas’s largest lake with 45,440 acres of waters stretching along Arkansas's northern border and into southern Missouri. Anglers are drawn to the lake's catches of lunker bass, (a 67 ½ pound striper was caught this past spring), catfish, crappie, walleye, and blue gill. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy boating and swimming in these clear open waters.
Located within the City Limits is the Lead Hill Corps of Engineers Recreational Park. It is a popular destination from April 1 – October 1. Summer contrasts lush green hardwoods and cedar glades against towering rocky bluffs and unusual rock formations. Fall foliage presents a wondrous Fall Revue as the leaves on the oaks and elms display their colors. Bull Shoals Lake is a water sports paradise. The Park areas offer modern camping conveniences around the lake. The Sugarloaf Marina has rental pontoon boats, gasoline and supplies. There are guides for hire. Diamond City is a popular camping destination that features 75 campsites at the tip of the peninsula where the park is located. Each site is allowed 10 occupants. All sites have water and electricity. Park facilities include a swimming beach, picnic areas, standard pavilions, and playgrounds. The park's marina/store offers pontoon rentals; and, in addition, has supplies, equipment, and gifts for sale.
Other Camping Opportunities and Resorts
RV’s are welcome at the Diamond City Lakeside Resort. Other Rustic Resorts located within the City Limits and close to the Park or on the lake are the Bass Hole Lodge, Sugarloaf Inn, and Crestview Court.
The 18-hole "Diamond Hills" course at the Diamond Hills Country Club facility in Diamond City, Arkansas features 6,311 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 69 . The course rating is 69.7 and it has a slope rating of 111. Designed by Maurie Bell, the Diamond Hills golf course opened in 1972. The Course is located a mile from the Sugarloaf Marina and sports a clubhouse and a Mexican Cuisine restaurant open to the public.
Hiking along the shoreline, at the Donaho Walking Trail and the Devil’s Backbone Park is a must for the Nature lover.
Donaho Walking Trail
Length: 3/4 miles
Time: 45 minutes to an hour
Location: 1/2 miles south of the Corps Park on Grand Avenue next to the Community Center.
Description: The first part of this loop trail is a level walk . The trail then winds around up and down mildly rolling terrain to an area overlooking the Bull Shoals Lake and the Ozark hill country. The trail then leads you through cedar glades and mature deciduous woodlands. These areas provide excellent habitat for colorful Ozark wildflowers, the many beautiful species of bird life including Buntings, Eagles, Kittiwakes, Goshawk, Kestrel, Woodpeckers, Woodpeckers or Yellowthroat, Cardinals, and blue birds. The trail is drivable should someone need special assistance while on the trail. Special Note*: Children should be accompanied by an adult.
Area: 6 acres
Time: 2 Hours
Location: From the Corps Park, turn left onto Shoreline Drive. At the end, turn right onto Crown Road until you come to a “Y”. Veer right onto Coffman Road. It will turn into a dirt road. Turn left and go up the hill. The road dead ends at the Backbone.
Description: Not a traditional trail, this area sports fishing opportunities from the bluff, is a favorite for scenic views, swimming and exploring the woods. A trail is planned in the future through the area as well as better access. The planned trail will be a wilderness type trail where if you take it in, you take it out to keep the natural beauty intact.
Bull Shoals Lake is a 45,500 acre Corp of Engineers lake that is divided between Missouri and Arkansas. With about 16,000 acres on the Missouri side, Bull Shoals Lake offers a variety of bottom and shoreline structures which makes it an excellent place to fish. The Missouri side of Bull Shoals Lake is deep and clear with bluff, rock, and gravel shorelines. Though there aren't as many trees left standing as in other Missouri lakes, Bull Shoals Lake does have its share.
The Bull Shoals Lake area provides numerous recreational activities which include boating, fishing, water skiing, sailing, camping, scuba diving, hunting, horseback riding, and hiking. Camping facilities are available along with numerous lodging facilities near and around the lake, along with shops, golf course, restaurants, and historical interests. For water sports, Sugarloaf Marina is located at the tip of the Diamond City Peninsula. Many of the lake side resorts also have boat ramps and marine supplies.
The available fish in Bull Shoals Lake are Black Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, White bass, Catfish, and Striped Bass. Many state fishing records have been set at Bull Shoals Lake, included are the Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Striped Bass, and the
still standing Largemouth Bass at 13lb. 14oz.
Take a break. Go to the Lake in beautiful Diamond City, Arkansas, where Arkansas Route 7 begins.
Day Trips from Diamond City
Harrison, Arkansas – 25 minutes
Branson, Missouri – 45 minutes
Springfield, Missouri – 90 minutes
Eureka Springs – 60 minutes
Cotter, Arkansas – 60 minutes
Buffalo National River – 60 minutes
Bull Shoals Lake Dam – 60 minutes”