Riverside Retreat On The White River
205 River Valley Trail
Norfork, AR 72658
Guest Reviews on Guided Fishing and Lodging
Guest Reviews – Taken from TripAdvisor and the guest journals
Guided Fishing Trip~Just wanted to say Thanks once again for a great and memorable trip. The accommodations and fishing were top notch.
Being in Sales, I have taken many of my customers on fishing expeditions to all parts of the United States and Canada. You are one of the best fishing guides I have ever had the pleasure of fishing with. You put us on lots of fish and big fish too. You knew the river, you knew where the fish were, when they would be active and what they would hit. This was my first fly fishing experience and words cannot begin to express how much fun we all had. We definitely got what we paid for and much, much more.
I would be more than glad to recommend your services. Steve Waller, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC
Senior Reviewer - Belleville, Illinois
“Perfect Seclusion!” - 5 of 5 stars - My husband and I were looking for someplace special to end our 9 day vacation in Arkansas and to celebrate our 25th anniversary and we couldn't have found the more perfect place! Chris and Carol have created the most wonderful places to stay, tucked into the woods next to the White River. We have always searched for that perfect cabin in the woods with a fireplace and jacuzzi and THIS IS IT! We can't wait to share our experience with others and most importantly we can't wait to return. Although this review is on the page for their larger cabin, we stayed in their smaller cabin for two. The accommodations were perfectly clean and the bed was the most comfortable bed we had slept on in quite a while! They also have a larger 6 bedroom lodge, which would be perfect for a group of guys wanting to fish or even a family reunion! Thank you Chris and Carol for a perfect weekend! You are a blessing!
David and Celeste Perry - Pomona, California
Our stay at the Riverfront house was marvelous!
Left on 06/22/2013 for a stay in May 2013
The place suits our needs of relaxation and rejuvenation. We brought our Guest here and she exclaimed that the place has this sense of serenity. My husband and I love the lake for we can see it from the 2 bedrooms, dining, living room and from the patio deck. This place is handicap accessible and worked out really great for my husband. If you're not up to cooking because you're there to relax, there's an upscale restaurant nearby. There are a lot of things you can do if you're up to exploring the area. Canoeing would have been an addition to our stay but the weather didn't permit. All in all, our stay was "stupendous!"
A FlipKey verified reviewer - Kansas City
“Fantastic choice for a family!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011 for a stay in August 2011
I did lots of research, and am so glad we found Chris and Carol's cabins. They were absolutely beautiful, spotlessly clean, nice in design and decor, and private from each other. Carol filled us with more ideas than we could fit into our schedule (we tried!), and Chris did a nice guided fishing trip for my husband. We will never try anyplace in the area other than their cabins... they are perfect in every way.
A FlipKey verified reviewer - Lake Charles Louisiana
“Perfect family retreat.” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
We couldn't have been more pleased with our experience at this resort. We expected a good fishing trip but we got so much more. The quiet location, the privacy and comfort of the cabin, exceeded our expectations. Chris and Carol have found a way to cater to the needs of the fishermen while providing a retreat experience for the non-sportsmen as well. Chris saw to a fun day of fishing for the guys, then a relaxing canoe/kayak excursion for all of us. Our family also enjoyed the opportunity to cook meals and relax together. To watch the sun come over the hills with coffee on the front porch then relax in the evenings on the back porch with the chiminea and hot tub! Wow! Not the typical "fishing camp"!
A FlipKey verified reviewer - Harrisburg AR
“Very relaxing with friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 for a stay in April 2013 - We were just getting away with the chance to get in some fishing room was very nice and the fishing was good as well. Everything was clean and in working order and nicely decorated.
TripAdvisor - Razorback10, AR
“Guided Trout Fishing Birthday Surprise”
5 of 5 starsReviewed October 5, 2013 for a stay in September 2013 - We had an amazing time. The cabin was beautiful and extremely clean, with various little touches that made the stay fun. Chris is an excellent trout guide, and my family and I genuinely enjoyed his company on the river. We're already planning our next trip there!
TripAdvisor - Greg Johnson, Oklahoma
“Secluded perfection on the White River!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2012 for a stay in March 2012 - This was our 3rd stay in less than a year, we like it that much. Our top priority is fishing and the White River and surrounding tributaries offer some of the best in the entire nation. Couple excellent fishing for trout and smallmouth bass with outstanding accommodations and you have one of the premier destinations for sportsmen anywhere. The acreage surrounding Riverside Retreat On The White River is secluded and quiet and the river itself is a stones throw away. The cabins are separated far apart enough to give the feel of comfort and seclusion. Inside the cabins are warm and inviting and impeccably clean with a homey, rustic feel. These cabins are new and are anything but rundown. Let me tell you about the owners Chris and Carol Jackson, the main reason to stay at Riverside Retreat. Easy going, kind, down to earth, are all good descriptions. They welcome you and bend over backwards to make your stay a memorable experience. They do this without being verbose or bothersome. Carol seems a bit quiet and reserved with a confident calm about her. She takes great pride in every detail. Chris is a bit more outgoing and is a very interesting guy to get to know. I've fished with him now a couple of times now and consider him a friend. Chris has been guiding on the White River and surrounding tributaries for over 30 years and to say he knows his stuff is a huge understatement. Extremely knowledgeable from everything to lure selection, tactics, and river conditions to life in general. Plus he's a fun guy to fish with to boot! Together Chris and Carol have created a rare jewel in the entire White River basin. Give them a call for your next White River trip, I'm certain you will find Riverside Retreat most accommodating.
A FlipKey verified reviewer - The service was excellent.The Jacksons made us feel right at home.White River Cabin is the place to be to relax and recharge. Location was close to Mountain Home. What we both liked best about the cabin was the privacy.
Poplar Bluff MO
A FlipKey verified reviewer - Cherryvale KS
“A wonderful 'off the beaten path' place to relax!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011 for a stay in July 2011 - My husband and I, and 3 of our best friends stayed on our birthday weekend in July. 3 of us all had birthdays that fri-sat-sun. It was 100 degrees+ here, and so nice there next to the river. Even though it was so hot, and the river and lake were flooded, we could not have chosen a better place to stay! Beautiful, relaxing, and comfortable, we had everything we wanted or needed. Chris and Carol are wonderful hosts! We hope to return, when the river is more 'user friendly'! Still, the river was beautiful, we loved cooking out every night and playing the games provided, and the jacuzzi tub was so great, it was everything we wanted for our celebration!
TripAdvisor “Perfect!” The McIllwains , TN
5 of 5 stars - Reviewed April 2, 2012 for a stay in March 2012 - We absolutely loved it! Excellently located on the White River, but still close enough to drive over to Norfork Lake (approx 15-20 mins). The owners, Carol & Chris are an extremely nice couple. They were so accommodating and added just the right personal touch, which was very refreshing. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We had such a wonderful stay that we're already trying to make arrangements to get back there for a longer visit and we just got left yesterday :) I would highly recommend this resort!!!
The White River Lodge~I have to say without a doubt this is one of the most beautiful & relaxing places I have visited! The Campbell Family was able to vacation happily in one place, which is no small feat. 29 of us stayed in the Lodge and both cabins. The river and lakes were wonderful and the canoeing was fun. We went swimming, saw Blanchard Springs Caverns, listened to live bluegrass music and shopped for antiques. I cannot thank you enough for providing our family with such a wonderful place to gather & enjoy each other. You have been exceptional hosts! Shannon Campbell~Pearland,TX
Woodcreek Cabin~Thank you for the relaxing stay. It's amazing to see years of notes in this book, when we feel like we were the 1st to stay here. Chris, thanks for the awesome fishing experience! I wouldn't ever consider being guided by anyone else on this river. We'll be back & we'll recommend this place to everyone! Reese & Wendi Pierce~Ft. Worth, TX
Creekside Cabin~Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven. We're so grateful for this experience. Our children want to live here! You're great folks! The games & the movies were perfect. We have loved coming together as a family and having wholesome, simple fun again. This has been our most special family vacation. God Bless you all! Brian, Cherokie, Claudia(10yr), Christian(3yr), & Clair(9mths) Davis
Creekside Cabin~Thanks for the chance to stay with you. The cabin was a delight to stay in. We loved the rustic theme. It's so peaceful here, such a change from our everyday life. The bread was delicious, along with all the personal touches you left for us. Thanks again, The Elliotts
Woodcreek Cabin~We want to thank you so much for your hospitality. The cabin is beautiful and perfect. Our stay was relaxing and fun, we'll definitely be back. Thank you for making our 2nd anniversary awesome! The bread was great! Joseph & Kimberly Richardson
Creekside Cabin~Thanks for such a wonderful place to stay. We truly love it here. The bread was again delicious, and we solved the riddle! May God bless you this year. See you again next year! Wendell & Chrysti Turner~Sidney, AR
Woodcreek Cabin~Thank you for your hospitality. The cabin was a great getaway from the hustle & bustle of everyday life. It was nice not to have cell phone & TV because it gave us the time to focus on each other! Thanks for a wonderful 5 year anniversary. Robert & Mistee