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Branson, MO – Gaston’s White River Resort

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Runway
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Upstream – A massive state of the art dock was built to hold the boats.
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Downstream

Drive in or fly in to this first class accommodation which is located on two miles of river frontage on the White River.  Our last motorcycle ride from Branson took us to Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview, AR.  The resort started in 1958 with 6 small cottages and 6 boats on 20 acres.  Now it’s 400 acres with 79 cottages.  It’s a world-class spot for trout fishing.  You can fish on your own or hire an experienced guide to help you land your daily limit then turn them over to the restaurant where they will be cooked to your liking.  A Fly Fishing School is also available on site.

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We stopped in for lunch and was greeted by a King snake who finally made its way back under the garden wall.  The historic restaurant offers magnificent views of White River in a cozy atmosphere.  The ceiling and walls are covered with old tools, antiques, and historic photography.

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After a delicious meal, we had to walk it off so we sauntered over to one of the two nature trails.   Antiques are even put to use along the trail.  There’s an assortment of birds (turkeys, peacocks, guinea hens, pheasants, and others) loose or in pens.  The girls were locked in the pen and the boys were trying to persuade them to come out.  Fortunately one of the boys put on a display for us.

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Proud as a peacock!
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A model peacock. He did a pirouette to show all of his beautiful sides.
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This peacock tail (train) reminds me of dresses I’ve seen.

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Please let us come in!

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Unique seats for a resting place. There were several along the trail.
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Field of wildflowers – plant it and they will come. Butterflies fluttering and bees buzzing.
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We found the jeep!

After our stroll we headed over to Bull Shoals Dam and Bull Shoals Lake, just a few miles down the road.  The dam, built for flood control and power generation, was started in 1947 and completed in 1951.  Above the dam there is 6,036 square miles of drainage area which offers many fun recreational opportunities, especially bass and walleye fishing.  When the water level gets too high, water is released.  A  warning horn or siren  signals a discharge of water so those downstream can be prepared for a rush of water.  Bull Shoals Lake is known for its clean, clear water with nearly 1000 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

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Bull Shoals Lake

From the dam we cruised through the mountains to the Peel’s Ferry for a cheap thrill.  The Peel Ferry was developed when the White River was dammed to make Bull Shoals Lake.   If you drove around the lake, it would take about an hour and a half.  The short ferry ride is about 25 minutes and operates during the day, 7 days a week, weather permitting FOR FREE.  The ferry is actually a barge and can carry up to 6 cars.

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Back on curvy solid land!
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Water level marker along the road for flooding water in heavy rains or when water is released from the dam.

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