Anglers Advantage meets Lake Taneycomo's Challenge Article By the Branson Courier




Table Rock Lake , created in the late 1950’s is a popular recreational lake, just 10 minutes south of Branson. You’ll see plenty of locals and visitors alike “living it up” through recreational boating, swimming, parasailing, scuba diving or any other freshwater activity. Tucked away in coves all over, are beautiful lakeside properties and cozy weekend resorts. Largely known for its awesome bass fishing, Table Rock Lake has become increasingly popular as a tournament site as well.

Accessible from multiple public and privately owned locations just minutes to the west of Branson, Table Rock Lake has been delighting visitors and residents alike since it was formed by the damming of the White River in 1958. While visitors can find dozens of places to stay and play along the banks of Table Rock Lake, the area's commercial developments have placed a high priority on preserving the scenic beauty of the natural shoreline, bluffs, forests and wildlife that inhabit the shoreline.

  • 43,000 to 52,300 (approx.) acres of surface area depending on the water level

  • 750+ miles of shoreline

  • Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse was completed in 1959.

  • The dam is 6,423 feet long and 252 feet high.


Table Rock Lake is one of Missouri's premier fishing destinations and can be accessed via the paved boat ramps near the park entrance. Anglers can expect to catch a variety of fish including bass, crappie and other warm-water species. Fishing is allowed 24 hours a day with the exception of in the day-use area, which is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For rules and regulations, please refer to the Wildlife Code of Missouri.

Fishing Report (provided by Department of Conservation)
--listed under Southwest Region: Lakes

Boat Launch

Table Rock State Park allows you to launch your boat onto the lake. There are no fees, and all of the surfaces are concrete or asphalt. There is a boat ramp located near the open picnic shelter and park office. There are Missouri State Water Patrol regulations that watercraft riders and boaters must follow.

Other Amenities

Scuba Diving
The clarity of the water makes Table Rock Lake a popular place for scuba diving. Diving equipment can be rented or purchased at the marina and beginning and advanced scuba courses are offered.

Interpretive Programs
Regularly scheduled evening programs are held at the amphitheater Memorial Day through Labor Day. A seasonal naturalist provides programs concerning plants, animals, eco-systems and nature hikes. Check the park bulletin boards or contact the park naturalist for detailed information at 417-334-4704. Also contact a park naturalist to arrange special group programs or to use any of the natural resource sites. Group programs should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance, although shorter notice may be possible depending on staffing and other scheduled programs.

Picnic Area/Playground

There is an open picnic shelter, perfect for family reunions and get-togethers, which can be reserved for $50 by contacting the park office at 417-334-4704. It is located across from the park office and can occupy up to 100 persons.

Picnic areas include tables, outdoor grills as well as restroom facilities and new playground equipment located nearby. Some facilities are offered on a seasonal basis only. There is no charge and individual picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Water enthusiasts can enjoy the clear waters of the Table Rock Lake for swimming and other water activities. There is no designated swimming beach; however, several shoreline areas offer ample swimming opportunities. Swimming is not allowed near the marina or boat launch areas. Restroom facilities are available near the picnic area.

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