FIFTY YEARS OF FISHING...1954-2004

Bill and Louise Newland...

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As we could afford it...

we bought additional acreage and began adding accommodations. While we still offer riverbank camping trips, our six lodges house up to 48 folks. Our expansion has also included a boat dock, which makes it easier for our customers to access our flat-bottomed johnboats. For tennis enthusiasts like myself, a regulation clay tennis court was built on the upper part of the property among the pine and cedar trees. In 1994, we opened our versatile new conference center that seats approximately 100 people.  Louise Newland passed away in October 2016, just short of age 98.  Charles took care of her at her home.  

 

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We offered guests guided...

fishing trips, and many times for accommodations, Dad and the guides would help folks set up camp on the riverbank. With Mother's help, Newlands guests were treated with care and concern but, most importantly, they were treated like family and friends. That Southern hospitality, combined with some of the best fishing in the nation, helped turn Dad's vision into a good business.  I took over management of Newlands when Dad died in 1974, after twenty years of "living his dream." I assumed that all those years working by his side had prepared me to follow him, but there was a dramatic difference between working for him and working without him. After trial and error, however, we endured and prospered. Mom and I decided to expand beyond camping trips. 

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While many things have changed...

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One thing that has stayed...

the same, but needs to change, is the manner in which the river is allowed to get so low. This is a chronic problem, and a matter dear to my heart. The issue of minimum water flow is pending in legislation now and is needed to keep the water cold so the trout don't die. Trout must have cold water to survive. During warm weather when all the generators on Bull Shoals Dam are shut down, there is not enough cold water coming through from the lake to keep the river cold. You can help solve this problem by your support. Please read more at http://newlands.com/Newlands_minflo.htm.

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