Many people relocate to the Branson Lakes Area strictly based on the beauty and nature that the Ozark Mountains contain. Branson is surrounded by three unique lakes -
Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake. From fishing to boating to parasailing, the Branson Lakes Area has it all when it comes to liquid assets. The Lakes around Branson are what summer is all about.
A Little History……
Created in 1913, Lake Taneycomo runs a length of 22 miles and is home to the Midwest’s best trout fishing. From 1913 to 1958, Lake Taneycomo was a warm water lake that changed virtually overnight. The completion of
Table Rock Dam in 1958 created a cold water fishery because of the temperature of the water coming through the generators.
Branson is home to the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, Missouri’s largest fish hatchery. Since trout cannot naturally reproduce in Lake Taneycomo because of the fluctuating water levels, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery produces more than 400,000 pounds of trout every year. Not only does Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery supply Lake Taneycomo with trout, but also to most Missouri hatcheries and some Missouri rivers and creeks. The dams have created the ideal environment for trout, a fish that thrives at lower water temperatures.
“Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is one of Missouri’s best hatcheries because of the water management,” says Assistant Hatchery Manager Bill Murphy. “Branson is known nationally as a good place to fish for trout… and we’re going to keep it that way.”
Branson and it’s lakes attract fishers and families all year round. One of the best places to fish in
Lake Taneycomo is the Trophy Area. Located at the foot of Table Rock Dam, the Trophy Area offers excellent wading and fly rod fishing. Check with the Missouri Department of Conservation before throwing your line… Some rules and restrictions apply to this popular fishing spot.
Since Lake Taneycomo flows through the city of Branson, extra precautions are necessary to protect the lake and its wildlife. Whether fly rod fishing, boating or just relaxing, Lake Taneycomo is a beautiful asset to the Branson Lakes Area.
Beyond fishing, Lake Taneycomo offers outdoor enthusiasts many other options like canoeing, boating, kayaking and guided lake tours. Also, enjoy hiking, horseback riding and camping along the Lake’s edge. Lake Taneycomo is one of Branson’s best assets…
Rock the Boat
After waking up on a Saturday, checking the forecast seems like a ritual for many Branson residents. During the summer
months most weekends are spent riding waves and catching rays on Table Rock Lake. Pack a few sandwiches, fill the cooler with ice, apply a couple coats of sunscreen and head out to the Lake. Living in Branson and being able to experience the adventures on Table Rock Lake is indescribable.
The completion of Table Rock Dam on the White River in 1958 brought hydroelectric power to the area and created today’s 52,300 acre Lake with more than 800 miles of shoreline. The clear waters of the lake have made it a playground for many nationwide. Access to the water is easy… offering swimming, skiing, boating, sailing, scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing and fishing. Several commercial boat docks and
Table Rock State Park Marina provide fuel, supplies and a wide range of boat and equipment rentals.
“Table Rock Lake is a family-oriented lake,” says State Park Marina Manager Mitch Schupp. “The water is clean and clear, perfect for fishing, water sports and scuba diving.” And, even though
it is most popular during the hot summer months, Table Rock Lake is a favorite all year round.
Table Rock Lake is a fisherman’s paradise, attracting anglers
of all experience levels. Table Rock Lake has large numbers of
largemouth, smallmouth, Kentucky spotted and white bass… and that’s not all. Crappie, walleye, channel and flathead catfish, bluegill and paddlefish can be found in Table Rock lake.
Beyond boating, Table Rock Lake is home to many recreational options. When’s the last time you went parasailing? Or taken a ride on a 48-foot
catamaran? If you’re on vacation or just looking for some fun… step up to Table Rock Lake’’’ there’s something for everyone.
Bull Shoals Lake is often called the “best kept secret of the Ozarks.” You see, Branson is surrounded by beautiful lakes and Bull Shoals is often overlooked. The natural beauty of the region is what brings most visitors back time after time and some eventually call the Ozarks home. The Ozark Mountains are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world… although over the years, the Mountains have been worn to soft slopes and gentle valleys.
Look for clear, cool natural springs that flow year round or hills that abound with deer, bear, turkey and other
wildlife. Bull Shoals Dam built on the White River creates Bull Shoals Lake, just minutes from Branson’s Country Music Boulevard. Bull Shoals Lake is a scheduled, rustic getaway in the midst of Branson’s boom.
The Bull Shoals Dam was the fifth largest concrete dam in the United states when construction was completed in
1952. The dam created Bull Shoals Lake, a clear, cold-water mountain lake that reaches depths of more than 250-feet. Since the
lake does not freeze, fishing is popular all year round.
The clear waters of Bull Shoals Lake have made it a popular destination among vacationers and locals alike. Earning the name, “The Caribbean of the Midwest,” Bull Shoals Lake is a great choice for relaxing and a slow pace vacation.
Take it to the Bank
Tie on your bikini, grab a towel and don’t forget the sunscreen because the waters are calling… Branson’s summer months are like none other… heavy traffic and high energy. The list of entertainment options in Branson is endless… and now, add lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake to the list. Each lake is so different. It’s hard to justify the beauty and uniqueness of the individual waters.
While Branson offers top entertainment, sleek resorts and delicious cuisine…nothing beats cruising on the lakes. The Ozark Mountains would not be complete without the addition of Branson’s liquid assets.