If you prefer water fun, the Branson area is home to three pristine lakes, each offering unique reasons for visiting. With picturesque rock bluffs and tree-lined hillsides, visitors not only enjoy clean lakes but also beautiful scenery. Enjoying the great outdoors – in addition to the entertainment – is what visiting Branson is all about!
Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake is the largest and best known waterway of the three lakes. It was formed over 50 years ago by the Table Rock Dam. Table Rock Lake’s clear waters have been attracting visitors for years. On the lake you can swim, boat, ski, para-sail, jet ski, scuba dive, and of course, fish. Several commercial boat docks and State Park Marina provide fuel, supplies, and a wide range of boat and equipment rentals. There is plenty of access to the lake and with nearly 800 miles of shoreline so there is plenty of room for everyone. Table Rock Lake’s only public beach is Moonshine Beach. This beach is a favorite spot among visitors and locals alike due to its amenities and low usage fees.
Fun Ways to Enjoy the Lake:
- Moonshine Beach
- Dewey Short Visitor Center
- Table Rock Lakeshore Trail
- Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
- Showboat Branson Belle Dinner Cruise
- State Park Marina Rentals
When Table Rock Lake was formed by the dam, Lake Taneycomo was also formed. Since the water flowing into Taneycomo comes from the bottom of Table Rock, it is pretty chilly making it less than perfect for swimming but ideal for fishing. Lake Taneycomo has a reputation as one of the finest trout fishing reservoirs in the nation. The cold, clear water combined with the Shepherd of the HIlls Trout Hatchery has made it the perfect spot for rainbow and brown trout. Fly fishermen love to fish along the banks or in the shallows of this lake. If you want to up your fishing game, you might consider hiring a local guide who knows the area’s waterways and who will take you to the hot spots where fish are known to bite. Public full-service marinas along the lake provide boats, motors, fishing guides, tackle and pontoons for relaxing and fun filled days. This lake is most enjoyed by kayakers and boaters who prefer the less developed and river-like qualities.
Fun Ways to Enjoy the Lake:
- Kayak Branson for kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals
- Branson Jet Boats
- Mainstreet Lake Cruises
- Branson Landing Boardwalk along Lake Taneycomo
- Lilleys’ Landing Marina for boat rentals, gear or guided fishing
Bull Shoals Lake
With over 74 square miles of water, Bull Shoals Lake flows from Forsyth, MO into Arkansas and features a rugged undeveloped shoreline. It is a perfect place to slow down and escape from everyday life while enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. With beautiful quiet coves, lower boat traffic, and wide channels, Bull Shoals is perfect for swimming, skiing, tubing and wakeboarding. Host to many popular fishing events, Bull Shoals also offers world-class fishing with the lake containing many species of fish including bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish.