Steve Willetts, owner of White Hole Resort

We are Steve & Lin Willetts, the hosts of White Hole Resort since February of 2000. Prior to taking over the operation of the resort, we lived all around the Southeast while Steve developed a career focused in quality engineering and management.

Lin’s parents had been coming to the White River for years before finally purchasing a home in nearby Cotter, AR. Our family would often join them for a week or two at a time and we fell in love with the beauty of the river and the surrounding Ozark Mountains. When Lin’s father introduced the idea of purchasing a resort along the river, we knew that was what we were meant to do. As we looked at a few different properties, we came across the White Hole Resort. Started by Carmen White in 1972 at the top end of the White Hole on the White River, we knew we could make it into something special.

Operating a fishing resort is certainly not the same as living the resort life, but this has provided a unique environment to raise a family. We have focused on continuously making improvements to ensure safety and comfort for all our guests while developing a peaceful, home-like atmosphere. It is our greatest desire that all guests experience a time of relaxation and deeper connection with God, yourself, and others, so that you can return to your daily life with renewed vitality.

As part of this commitment to you our guest, we maintain a corporate membership with the Air Evac Lifeteam (an air ambulance service), as well as maintaining membership with the Better Business Bureau of Arkansas.

History of the White Hole Resort

Since its origination in 1972, each owner has left his/her mark of character on the property. Carmen White was the first one to commercialize the property. Linda and Kenny Moore operated the property for a number of years, adding the commercial kitchen and the one-bedroom and two-bedroom cabins. Phil and Ann Byrum built the dining hall and cabins #9 and #10, two of the four-bedroom cabins that have been very popular with many guests. We have added cabin #11 as another four-bedroom cabin and also added several new boats and motors. We've diligently upgraded the resort's infrastructure, including bringing in high-speed WiFi and satellite technology. We're blessed to be caretakers of this special place!