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“Impressive and scenic” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bull Shoals Dam

Bull Shoals Dam
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Middle America,AR
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Impressive and scenic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

Visited early in the morning. Dam and visitor center very nice , well kept and scenic. Lots of interesting displays at visitor center. Nice clean small trails. Good sidewalk to walk across dam on, many wonderful places to photograph.

Visited May 2013
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Davenport, IA
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104 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Pretty cool to take younger children for a little visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

The views are pretty spectacular exspeciallt when they are running all the generators. Have a visitor center on site pretty cool PIC opportunity's with the Dam background.

Visited July 2012
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Awesome site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

I love this dam - I think it's really neat that they make hydropower here. Cleanest energy there is! Most efficient, no emissions. (I've also heard that the energy is sold only to non-profit companies, and that's pretty cool too)

Visited March 2013
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Clarksville, Arkansas
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Bull Shoals Dam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

The views were beautiful and the visitor's center is very informative. You get the whole story on the building of the dam.

Visited March 2013
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Mountain Home, Arkansas
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Cool Place on a Hot Day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Taking a tour of Bull Shoals Dam is a unique experience. It is full of interesting facts about the building of the dam, the hydropower produced, and the flood control of the area. Having worked at the dam years ago, I know a lot more about the dam than they let you know. But, for someone who has never been in one, it is a very fun experience. The place is noisy, especially if they are running units. They now use head sets, so everyone can hear above the noise. The part you actually tour is actually the powerhouse, and not the dam. The dam is actually the part on the lake side, that holds back all of the water in the lake. They take you to "D" floor, where the house units are. They are the two small generators that actually provide the power for the dam itself. They no longer take you down below on "D" floor, where the penstocks are located. You actually got to walk underneath the penstocks, back in the day. It is very cool on "D" floor, as at this point you are actually under water. The penstocks are very large. They are approximately 26 feet in diameter. Hearing the water churnning against the turbine doors, next to the penstocks is a very frightening noise to those unfamiliar. It sounds like huge chunks of ice hitting the huge steel doors. Take a tour. You will be glad you did. Very entertaining!!!!

Visited July 2012
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