Tourists who visit Branson are usually not aware that we are located by Table Rock Lake. This pristine lake has 800 miles of shoreline that actually extends to Arkansas. The lake was built by creating a dam over the White River which originates from Fayetteville, Arkansas. There are actually several dams built but Table Rock Dam which is located just little outside of Branson was built between 1954 and 1958. In 2005, an auxiliary spillway was built as a part of this dam to handle a possible worst case flood.
The lake has over 850 miles of shoreline offering many water related activities.
Fishing for bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill are popular among fishermen. There are annual fishing tournaments offered by various organizations. Fishing is believed to be the best in Spring and Fall periods where there are less boaters occupying the lake.
Many of our customers ask us if they can fish at the boat docks and our answer is unfortunately no. Boat docks are private spots for boat owners and to prevent any damage to their boats or the cables that run under the water fishing at any boat docks in our area is not permitted. However, if you would like to take your children to catch small fish on the shore, we have a few good spots where we can show you.
Besides fishing, Table Rock Lake is a paradise for boating. There are so many coves available and it’s impossible to cover it all in just a few days. Maps are available for sale at Indian Point Marina which is the closest public marina in our area. We highly recommend getting a map as it can be very useful because Table Rock Lake shores almost resemble the shorelines of Norway.
If you’re not a boat owner but would like to rent a boat or a jet ski for the day, Indian Marina is where we can refer you to. Their rental fleet consist of very new boats at different rates. Anything from a small fishing boat to a large pontoon, to a jet ski rental, we are sure that you will find something that you like to enjoy our lake to the fullest.
One of the things is so unique about Table Rock Lake is that how clear the water is. Before moving to this area, we frequently visited Lake Tahoe in California and while it was clear like TBL, it was always frigid cold even in the summer months which took all the fun away, honestly. With Table Rock Lake, however, swimming is fun as the water temperatures are warm enough even in the deep parts of the lake.
We often go out boating at Table Rock Lake and one of the places we would like to go to is the cliffs. This is an area where somehow figured out that they can climb a few hundred feet cliff to jump in the water. The only way to get there is by boat and when you approach the area you see that there are at least 10-15 boats where people are waiting to take turns to climb and jump. The cliff has different heights which makes it ideal for brave ones as well as the scared ones. It’s however extremely important to use caution as many boats are in the area and jumping off the cliff may always cause some serious injury. Although we don’t hear the bad news of someone getting hurt, there’s always a possibility for an accident so we ask that you do this activity at your own risk and use great caution. We want to see our guests have fun on their vacation not get hurt.
One of the most activities on Table Rock Lake is to watch the 4th of July fireworks. Boats can get close to the Chateau on the Lake and watch their display after it gets dark. There are also firework displays in Kimberling City area so you can also choose to go there by boat. This is the time of year where most people are on the lake so we recommend caution when boating. Please obey the necessary rules and laws for water safety.