You have to admit that Bull Shoals seems an unlikely name. For starters, the lake is deep, not shallow. And the “bull”?
Ask around, and you’ll hear at least two theories about the origin of the name: 1) Before the dam was built in 1951, the White River at that location was shallow, fast and loud, especially after a hard rain. When the water rushed over the rocky river bed, the sound was deafening, like a herd of bulls roaring. 2) The river current was so strong and fast, only a bull had the muscle to ford it.