GASTON'S WHITE RIVER RESORT 5 Reasons Every Man Should Visit
“Some men fish all their lives without realizing it’s not the fish they are after.”
Nestled up against the White River, about ten miles south of the Missouri/Arkansas border, sits a hidden gem found only in outdoorsman’s dreams. Gaston’s White River Resort was founded in 1958 and over the years has grown into a massive sanctuary for guys. The resort boasts 400 acres complete with 79 cottages, 70 boats, a 3,200 foot runway and an award winning restaurant that makes it one of the premier fishing destinations in the country. You’d be hard pressed to find a more pristine resort and ManScore has compiled their top five reasons why every man should take a trip and visit Gaston’s White River Resort.
There’s nothing like waking up before sunrise, pouring that cup of coffee and heading out on the water with your best friends. Gaston’s makes this easy with their 79 waterfront cottages that come complete with everything a man could need. The cottages range from a single room with two double beds to an entire river villa with ten private bedrooms. So whether you are planning a weekend getaway with a friend or a huge retreat, there’s an option for every size group. From the spectacular morning views to the late-night campfire bonding, nothing will compare to your stay at this river side resort.
Fishing on the White River
Prepare yourself for the fishing experience of a lifetime. Sitting below the Bull Shoals Dam, Gaston’s is perfectly placed aside one of the most famous float fishing streams in the world. Here you will find a plethora of rainbow trout to satisfy your inner angler and a variety of other common fish including bass, catfish and sunfish. Gaston’s offers full or half day guided trips, boat/chair rentals and an assortment of other amenities for fishermen. If you are new to the art of fly fishing, make sure to book a one day course led by master fly fisherman Frank Saksa.
If flying is your passion, then Gaston’s should have an extra special place on your bucket list. The picturesque resort features a riverside 3,200 foot turf runway (3M0 is the identifier) and plays host to an annual fly-in that is a must add to your calendar. Flying in for trout season is the ultimate guy escape, but if you’re pressed for time, Gaston’s offers one of the best $100 dollar hamburger runs in the nation. The beautiful geography that surrounds the public use grass strip that shares the parent resort’s name, makes for a technically interesting arrival worthy of an entry in your logbook. As a bonus, there are several paved runways within five nautical miles of Gaston’s, some of which have Instrument approach procedures should the weather turn on you.
Award Winning Restaurant
It is not often you find a fishing resort with a top-notch restaurant, but it is just another reason why Gaston’s is unlike any other. Executive Chef, Rick Gollinger, has created a one of a kind menu that is sure to impress after a long day on the river. Don’t miss out on their specials that often include items like sautéed trumpeter fish, grilled tuna, sashimi scallops and succulent meats including veal and duck. Indulge while enjoying the collection of vintage outboard motors or the scenic view from the all glass dining area. You won’t be disappointed.
It’s a Man’s Destination
This isn’t to say that it is not a wonderful place to take the family (which, you should totally do), but Gaston’s is one of the last places to truly have a guy’s weekend. Surround yourself with rustic beauty, forget the spa treatment, tell fishing stories around the campfire, or float down the White River in hours of wonderful silence. Gaston’s is the place to enjoy some quality rest and relaxation with some quality folks who will make your stay an unforgettable experience.
Extras and Other Accommodations
Private club, gift shop, tennis court, playground, game room, duck pond, three nature trails, and swimming pool.