Greetings and Happy New Year to
All Our 1990 Customers
Were not just saying it. Our customers of 1990
are the Best! We had our hardest year as far as weather and high water,
and our customers dealt with every twist and turn of circumstances
like water off a ducks back. Without their cheerfulness under
adverse conditions, we surely would have thrown in the towel more
than once. We had customers who, when they checked out, checked out
their soggy shoes in the garbage, with never a complaint. How understanding
and patient you all were!
Calendar of Events
New for 1991
1990 Results: Our
Annual Resort Fishing Contest
Record Spawn Guarantees
Best Fishing Ahead
Scuba Divers Welcome!
Its A Fact
What happened was this past year we were hit with the
highest lake levels in over 30 years. Ours is a flood control lake,
and in years of heavy rainfall, the water is held back to prevent
flooding on the river below the dam. We put in our dock in 1988, and
had no idea of where the water level could eventually wind up. We
watched as our electric poles were swallowed up by the rising water,
and our road disappeared into the lake. Our nice flat parking area
was also gobbled up. Needless to say, some of you had to occasionally
run up the road to tell us that we needed to move the dock in AGAIN
real quick. Of course, wet shoes and pants were the rule!
We want to express our sincere
thanks for bearing with us so patiently during some rough months.
Anyway, it was a learning experience for us, and now that we know
just how high the water can rise, we have made the necessary changes
in our road and parking area to accommodate high water conditions
whenever they occur again. And the good news coming out of last
years headaches is that we
had the best spawn ever! See Record Spawn Guarantees Best Fishing
During 1990, our plans for the resort went along as
scheduled, despite all the trials and tribulations that the unexpected
can bring. We completed our deluxe one-bedroom cabin on schedule,
and it is a very popular choice for couples. It has everything our
two-bedroom deluxe cabins have: Whirlpool tub for two, (this one has
a waterfall faucet), separate shower stall, central heat/air, king-sized
bed, deck, full kitchen with microwave, and TWO fireplaces, one in
the living room and one in the bedroom, and of course, all new furnishings
We had a contractor improve our
road to our dock. It is now like a superhighway (almost)! We widened
it and smoothed out all the steep parts and repaired all the ruts
that had developed during the rainy months. It has held up beautifully
now that some crown has been added to keep the runoff water off
the road. Youll be surprised
at the improvement.
Some other smaller improvements: a deck was added to
Cabin 4, a new kitchen table for Cabin 9, a new bedroom fan in Cabin
7, a new refrigerator in Cabin 4, new and bigger refrigerators in
our two-bedroom deluxe cabins, and a new 45 HP motor for our pontoon.
As far as our business goes, our
philosophy is still the same: Where others are cutting back, we
do more. We all know that poor service is rampant everywhere. Weve found that going that
extra mile for our customers has been our best business practice.
The rewards are in the growing number of repeat customers and referrals
we have each year. Thats what enables us to constantly improve
our facility each year. We hope that by continuing to do more for
our customers, that we will all benefit. Of course, for our repeat
customers, we also show our appreciation by offering you a 10% discount
off your cabin when you come back. Were looking forward to
being able to serve you again in 1991!
We hope you like the new look of
our newsletter. We tried to make it a little more readable and
also something youd
want to hang on to for future reference.
If you havent yet decided the exact dates of your
vacation, the list below (a partial list of 1991 area events) May
help you make the decision. If an event interests you, give us a call
(870-431-8363) and well tell you about it.
Eagle Awareness Weekend, Bull Shoals State Park
January 25-February 3
Come see us at the Chicagoland Sports Show (Booth 820) at OHare
Oakland Area Resorts Spring Opener Tournament,
Bull Shoals Lake
March 31 Easter Egg Hunt, Bull Shoals State Park
April 6 Mountain Village 1890 and Bull Shoals Caverns open for season
April 7 Red Man Tournament, Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock
Mid-April Trout Release, Bull Shoals Lake
April 27-28 Dogwood Festival, Lakeview
May Fun Mountain Amusement Center, Mountain Home, opens for season
May 4-11 BASS Pro Am Tournament, Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock
May 25 Pool opens at Black Oak Resort
June 7-8 Craft Fair, Village Mall, Mountain Home
June 9-15 Ozark Mountain Bicycle Challenge (6 day tour $99)
June 16 Fathers Day Trout Fishing Tournament, Bull Shoals State Park
June 28-29 Craft Fair, Village Mall, Mountain Home
July 4 Fireworks Display, Bull Shoals Dam
August 21-24 Marion County Fair
September 1 Ozark Mountain Air Festival, Flippin
September 11-14 Baxter County Fair
September 19-21 Hootin and Hollerin, Gainesville, MO
October Best Fall Colors
October 4-5 Craft Fair, Village Mall, Mountain Home
October 4-6 Colorama, Bull Shoals
October 11-12 Turkey Trot, Yellville
October 25-26 Craft Fair, Village Mall, Mountain Home
December 7 Meramec Valley Bass Tournament, Oakland Marina
New for 1991...
Were excited about our plans for 1991!
The demand for our deluxe cabins is so great that we
have decided to build another two-bedroom deluxe cabin, completely
replacing Cabin 8, Scheduled for completion April, 1991.
We plan to have microwaves in all cabins for 1991.
We also have video rentals for your enjoyment. (Nobody
can ever really get away from television even on vacation!)
We will also have available for
rental our 17
Ranger Bass Boat, which was completely refurbished this year. It
is fully rigged with 90 HP motor, trolling motor, butt seat, Eagle
LCD fish locator, and two live wells. Available by the week only.
We will still have our orientation fishing trips on
our pontoon for new guests, and of course our returning customers
may join in too! You can never learn too much about our lake. We will
escort our guests on morning walks on Ozark Isle each morning except
Saturdays. Each week when we have enough children staying at the resort,
we will hold a weekly fishing contest for the kids, with prizes. We
will also hold horseshoe tournaments on Thursdays for our guests during
Attractions In 91
Concert Vineyards, Lakeview,
AR. Free tastings and tours can be arranged. Open year-round. Sample
own fine locally grown wines of distinction.
Mountain Village 1890
and Bull Shoals Caverns,
Bull Shoals, AR. Historic 1890 vintage mountain village and caverns.
Opening April, 1991.
Fun Mountain Amusement
Home, AR. Carnival rides, water slides, pools, pony rides, petting
zoo, concessions. Opening May, 1991.
Our Annual Resort
Our annual resort fishing contest proved once again
that Illinois and Arkansas have the best fishermen (and women)! The
top month for big fish continues to be May, followed by April. But
notice that the biggest bass were caught outside of prime spring fishing
season this year! Prizes going to the winners will be 10% off on their
cabin on their next stay, a Black Oak Resort cap or t-shirt, plus
a wood and brass wall plaque recognizing their achievement. They will
also have their name go down in history on the 1990 Black Oak Resort
Fishing Contest Plaque here at the resort. Congratulations!
5 lb. 1 oz.
Hoffman Estates, IL
Double Willow Leaf
Yellow & White
3 lb. 8 oz.
West Memphis, AR
Jig & Pig
3 lb. 12 oz.
4 lb. 2 oz.
Mount Prospect, IL
4 lb. 12 oz.
3 lb. 3 oz.
Park Ridge, IL
14 lb. 4 oz.
Indiana Gang of Six
Elliot De Lauro)
5 lb. 5 oz.
St. Charles, IL
1 lb. 11 oz.
Rolling Meadows, IL
*Denotes a repeat winner. You see, it pays to stick
with the same lake!
Record Spawn Guarantees
Best Fishing Ahead
They say that every cloud has a Silver Lining.
Well, thats exactly what last years spring rains brought
to our lake for the next few years. Normally, Bull Shoals Lake has
very little vegetation in it to stimulate production of nutrients
at the lower end of the food chain (plankton, crawfish, minnows) for
fish to feed on. But last years heavy rains added an abundance
of nutrients to our lake, supporting an unusually large, successful
spawn. That fact, plus the availability of thousands of acres of
new vegetation cover during the spawn, produced a record-high number
of fish that successfully made it through the spawn.
Arkansas Game & Fish Biologist
Mark Oliver sampled the lake late last summer and found that the
spawn produced 14 times the average young-of-the-year per acre,
and these fish were larger than normal. In fact, there are more
fish per acre than ever recorded. It is estimated that these fish
will be over 12 inches by this spring. These fish will generate
outstanding fishing for the next several years.
Some tips that should help you in planning your fishing
trip on Bull Shoals Lake: Bull Shoals is a man-made reservoir, and
when the lake is at normal level, there are no weeds or lily pads
and the water is very clear. Structure is rocky and steep. Because
of these characteristics, we normally use light to medium action tackle.
You should have 6, 8, or 10 pound test line. Fluorescent, clear, or
low visibility green is recommended. DO NOT use high-visibility yellow.
Methods used in catching fish are motor trolling with
lures, and casting with artificial bait, or live minnow or worm. We
suggest that you NOT invest in a lot of lures before your trip. Because
the lake is so clear, the color and size of lure is critical and can
change from day-to-day.
If you vacation during the summer and early fall, you
might try night fishing with black light.
An often overlooked method of fishing
is using down-riggers. Because the lake is so deep, downrigger
fishing is ideal here. If your boat is equipped with down-riggers,
dont leave them at
home! Trolling with down-riggers at depths of 20-70 feet will produce
excellent catches of rainbow and brown trout, walleye, whites,
If, by chance, theres someone who doesnt
absolutely want to spend their every waking hour out on the lake,
there are many other things to do that are lots of fun too! Try
some of these on for size:
Stock Car Races
Area Craft and Antique Shops
Tours of Boat Manufacturing Plants Nearby (Champion, Ranger, Bass
Cat, River Rats)
Bass Pro Shop, Springfield, MO
Ozark Folk Center
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Float Trips on the White or Buffalo
Well help you with any arrangements
or information on any of these activities during your stay.
Best Fried Chicken:
Durbons Restaurant, Promise Land
Potato Skins, 178 Club, Bull Shoals
Best View from Your Table:
Gastons on the River, Lakeview
The Top Kat, State Line in Missouri
Best Buy (Fast Food):
Dairy Queen, Mountain Home
Best Buy (Dinner):
Durbons Restaurant, Promise Land
Bowens, Mountain Home
178 Club, Bull Shoals
Gerrys Longhorn, Lakeview or
Couchs, Mountain Home
The Back Forty, Mountain Home or
The Top Kat, State Line in Missouri
Best Biscuits & Gravy:
Raintree Restaurant, Mountain Home
My ALLTIME Favorite Pigout Place:
The 178 Club, Bull Shoals
My Favorite Place For Healthy, Fresh Food:
The Vegetable Garden, Mountain Home
Scuba Divers Welcome!
Discover the best kept secret in fresh water diving.
Experience the crystal clear water of Bull Shoals. We have year-round
diving. The lake never freezes, and the clear waters provide excellent
We have a 9-month spearfishing season for game fish
(walleye, crappie, catfish), except bass. There are numerous rock
wall cliffs pockmarked with caverns, huge underwater forests of oak
and hickory, and dozens of old homesites waiting to be discovered,
that will provide you with an exciting variety of dive sites.
The water is warm with average
surface temperatures ranging from the 50s in winter to the 80s
in summer. Bull Shoals Lake Scuba Center at Bull Shoals Lake Boat
Dock can provide SCUBA instruction, from an introductory resort
course to complete PADI certification courses. For those already
certified, everything you need is available: equipment rental,
equipment sales (Best prices in the Midwest), equipment service
and guided dives (day or night). For further information contact
Jim Jensen, PADI Instructor (870) 431-8355 24 Hours.
Bull Shoals Dam contains over two million cubic yards
of concrete and is 2,256 feet long. It is among the largest concrete
structures in the world
Water from Bull Shoals Lake follows
caverns under a mountain and the White River to create Big Spring in
Bull Shoals State Park.
Bull Shoals Lake, between Missouri and Arkansas, holds
eleven state fish records.
We, at Black Oak Resort, believe that you deserve the
best vacation you've ever had. That's why we work to make your stay
everything you've dreamed it could be. At Black Oak Resort you'll
enjoy the very best of Ozarks' hospitality, at the best vacation resort
on Bull Shoals Lake near Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, Black
Oak Resort sits on 6.5 wooded acres overlooking Bull Shoals Lake.
A ten-foot high natural oak privacy fence borders the resort, providing
you with a sense of privacy and serenity. Our 62' x 26' swimming pool
is the largest in the area. And for added fun, a whirlpool adjoins
the swimming pool. A large playground swing and slide set are near
the pools, as well as a horseshoe pit.
Whether you're searching for the ideal
fishing resort, a romantic haven, or a family vacation resort, Black
Oak Resort offers private cabins that cater
to your needs. This year, choose an oak and enjoy the most relaxing
vacation of your life.
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