20 Things to Do on Table Rock Lake | Julie Blanner (2022)

Things to do on gorgeous Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri – a close drive from St. Louis and Kansas City and a quick flight from Chicago and Denver!

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Table Rock Lake is nestled in Southwest Missouri, nearBranson. It’s a beautiful place to live or visit! Known for its clear water, it boasts almost 800 miles of shoreline and a wide range of things to do.

First, a little history! Table Rock Lake was created as a recreational lake to control floods and create hydroelectric power. It is managed by the Corp of Engineers.

It was named Table Rock Lake due to the rock shelf above the White River, but you’ll see a shelf along a lot of the shoreline.

I grew up visiting Table Rock Lake with my family and five years ago, we decided to purchase a Lake Cottage to create memories with our family! We love this area so much and feel so lucky to get to enjoy our time here. I’ve written about things to do in Branson with kids, as well as our favorite tips for visiting Silver Dollar City at Christmas.

Without further ado, here’s 22 things to do on Table Rock Lake – and if I missed any, let me know! You can also refer to this convenient map!

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Things to Do on Table Rock Lake

Fishing

Table Rock has long been known for fishing! In fact, there are several tournaments held on the lake throughout the year. You’ll find Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Long Ear Sunfish. You’ll even find Walleye, Warmouth, Striped Bass and Paddlefish.

You can learn about Missouri fishing regulations here and Arkansas fishing regulations here.

Hiking

There are great places to hike lakeside, including Table Rock Lake State Park, the White River Valley Trail System, and Chinquapin Trail, which are all connected. Nearby you’ll also find great hiking at Dogwood Canyon and at the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Area.

Jump Off the Rope Swings

One of the most memorable experiences at Table Rock Lake is jumping off the rope swings! It was always a favorite of mine as a child and now our girls get to share in the joy!

It’s fun for all ages and a great gathering place.

Jump off a Cliff

There are several great cliffs to jump off of around the lake and each one is more fun than the last. Again, it’s always a great place to make new friends – you’ll find that boaters are always friendly. Who isn’t happy on the water? See the map for more!

Eat on the Water

Table Rock Lake boasts several floating and lakeside restaurants. Many of them are open Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can find the full guide ofTable Rock Lake Restaurantsthat includes what they have to offer, where they are located, docking instructions and more!

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Water Sports

The lake is a great place to learn how to water ski, tube, surf, knee board, wake board and more!Items can be purchased or rented at the Ski Shack at Kimberling City or Indian Point.

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Take a Sunset Cruise

Boating is of course always a highlight at the lake, but the sunsets are beyond breathtaking! You can drop your boat at one of the many public access ramps, rent a boat or take the Branson Belle, Catamaran, Goin Jessi or Lady Liberty for a cruise.

Watch Fireworks

There are fireworks Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July weekend and Labor Day weekend in addition to the Branson Belle fireworks which give locals and boaters a free display throughout the summer (see their site for cruise dates).

There’s nothing quite like the reflection of fireworks on the water. It’s truly magical.

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Go to the Beach

  • Moonshine Beach(free) – kick back on a hot summer day and let the kids play in the sand and swim at the beach on Table Rock Lake.They offer changing rooms, picnic shelters and limited parking. It’s always a favorite with the kiddos! Located at 3778 MO-165, Branson, Missouri 65616
  • Joe Bald – Day use
  • Mill Creek – $5
  • Baxter Public Use
  • Kings River Marina
  • Cricket Creek Campground

Dewey Short Visitor Center

Take a break on a cold or rainy day and enjoy the view and activities at the visitor center. Build a dam, read a book or enjoy one of the interactive activities while learning about the hydroelectric dam.

You can visit the Dewey Short Visitor Center and get a close up view of Table Rock Dam by car or boat! There is a complimentary dock and small beach nearby. It’s also connected to several trails that are perfect for an easy walk or bike ride!

Catch a Boat Show or Regatta

  • The Classics Cruisin’ Boat Show is always a great time! You can catch them at a number of places across the lake or watch them cruise! It’s always fun to see. They even have activities for kids, like coloring their very own wood boats to set sail.
  • Join a Regatta like this one forCobalt(I’m sure there are many more!)
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Pull up a Swing

and grab a drink while listening to live music atParrot’s Pavilion Tiki Bar. You can enjoy games and cocktails waterside. You’ll often find live music, but you’ll always find a good time. Go ahead and pull up a swing at the bar!

Look for Seashells

While nestled in the middle of the country, you can find an abundance of seashells along the shoreline! One of our favorite spots to collect is along the shoreline at Hideaway Marina, but you’ll often find them on the islands as well!

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Shop

A few of the Marinas have well curated boutiques filled with great gifts, swimwear and more. State Park Marina and Hideaway Marina are two of my favorites, but they all have a little something to offer!

  • State Park Marina
  • Hideaway Marina
  • Indian Point Marina
  • Kings River Marina
  • Point of Kimberling Marina
  • Cape Fair Marina
  • Big M Marina
  • Campbell Point Marin
  • Eagle Rock Marina
  • Baxter Marina
  • Long Creek Marina
  • Cricket Creek Marina
  • Bent Hook Marina

Of course who doesn’t love shopping for life jackets, flip flops, wake boards, skis and more? The Ski Shack is a great go-to with several locations around the lake.

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See a Waterfall

Cruise to Devil’s Pool at Big Cedar to experience a gorgeous waterfall up close.

Kayak

Bring your own or rent a kayak at State Park Marina, Stillwaters, Big Cedar or the resort you are visiting. It’s a great way to take in the true beauty of Table Rock Lake and see the layers of rock up close.

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Paddleboard

Enjoy the gentle waters in a cove while sneaking a little workout in.

Paddle Boat

Rent a paddle boat at the resort you’re staying at, or State Park Marina.

Sail

Take the catamaran out for a cruise with an array of activities, including a giant slide.

Scubadiving

The lake is fun above and below the water’s surface! There are so many places to explore including Zebulon Pike, the former town of Oasis, The Enchanted Forest and Duck Island. Book with the Indian Point Dive Center 417-338-6900 or White River Dive Company 417-334-9073.

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Swim

There are a number of great places to swim at Table Rock Lake. Visit a beach, find a quiet cove or even a lively one and enjoy!

Enjoy the Wildlife

Each day and season brings something new! Watch deer drink from the lake, search for the eagles as they search for fish, see turtles, turkeys, fox, songbirds and more.

Wave to a Stranger

There are so many friendly faces on Table Rock Lake. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing everyone smile, wave and support local! You can connect with them on theTable Rock Lake Facebook Groupas well!

Did I miss something? If so, leave it in the comments below!

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FAQs

What is the best part of Table Rock Lake? ›

If you want to escape larger crowds and boat traffic, the Beaver area located on the southwest corner of the lake is a favorite swimming spot. Cape Fair, just off Highway 75, offers wide-open water for plenty of swimming. Many of the campsites also have swimming areas.

Where are the cliffs to jump off of at Table Rock Lake? ›

Table Rock Cliffs are some mountainous formations situated at 15 Stone Cliff Circle near the town of Branson, Missouri. It is a kind of natural attraction which can be found near and amusement park Silver Dollar City.

What is Table Rock Lake known for? ›

Table Rock Lake is located in southwest Missouri near Branson. As a man-made lake with over 800 miles of shoreline, we're known for world-class fishing, water sports, boating, and swimming all with a fun family atmosphere.

Can you cliff jump at Table Rock Lake? ›

Table Rock Lake cliff jumping is just one of the various fun-filled activities that await you and your adventure-seeking friends. Plus, it offers a stunning backdrop to this stomach-dropping activity. If you are a seasoned cliff jumper you understand the need for safety.

Are there alligators in Table Rock Lake? ›

Fun Fact: Don't buy into the alligator myth in Table Rock Lake. Alligators are not native to Missouri; however, rare sightings have been reported! The Missouri Department of Conservation has discounted this Facebook hoax, claiming that it released alligators into the lake.

What is the clearest lake in Missouri? ›

Lake of the Ozarks has consistently tested as one of the cleanest lakes in Missouri. Health Magazine recently proclaimed Lake of the Ozarks as one of the healthiest lakes in the country.

What towns are close to Table Rock Lake? ›

Surrounding Cities/Towns:
  • Kimberling City, MO.
  • Branson West, MO.
  • Reeds Spring, MO.
  • Cape Fair, MO.
  • Galena, MO.
  • Shell Knob, MO.
  • Lampe, MO.
  • Hollister, MO.

What towns are on Table Rock Lake? ›

Table Rock Lake

Can you fish at Moonshine Beach? ›

Whether on water or land, Moonshine Beach Recreation Area offers visitors countless recreational activities. Picnicking, swimming, scuba diving, boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing are all popular pastimes at the park.

Is Table Rock Lake free? ›

Table Rock Lake State Park. Nestled in the trees surrounding Table Rock Lake, this state park has no admission fee and offers a wide range of activities including campsites, hiking and mountain bike trails, SCUBA diving excursions and a marina that rents ski boats, bass boats, WaveRunners and more.

Can you swim in Table Rock Lake? ›

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.

Is Table Rock Lake clean? ›

The Midwest's Most Beautiful Lake: Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is a beautiful, clean and clear lake cover over 40,000 acres with nearly 800 miles of shoreline covering from Southwest Missouri into Northwest Arkansas.

How long is Table Rock Lake in Missouri? ›

Table Rock Dam is located on the White River in Southwestern Missouri eight miles upstream and Southwest of Branson, Missouri. Table Rock Lake extends 79 miles upstream along the White River and inundates areas in Missouri and Arkansas.

Where can I cliff jump in Lake of the Ozarks? ›

Down Tonka Spring Rd. and past residential homes, more adventurous types can go cliff jumping. After parking the car, walk 100 feet to find two flat spots to jump from that are approximately 25-30 feet tall into the Lake.

Where is Table Rock Lake Missouri? ›

Table Rock Lake is located in southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. The majority of the lake is in Stone County, Missouri; which is a short drive from Branson, Missouri.

What's at the bottom of Table Rock Lake? ›

Oasis currently rests under 100 feet of water near the bottom of Table Rock Lake. The underwater village is a popular technical dive for scuba divers.

What is the biggest fish in Table Rock Lake? ›

Paddlefish. Also known as spoonbill because of the shape of the snout, this species has a short season and yields the biggest fish in the lake. The Missouri Department of Conservation certified the state record snagged at Table Rock Lake as weighing in at a whopping 140 pounds, 9 ounces.

What's the deepest part of Table Rock Lake? ›

While it may not technically be bottomless, Table Rock Lake in Branson holds the distinction of Missouri's deepest lake. At its deepest point, the shimmering lake measures 220 feet.

What is the deepest lake in Missouri? ›

Missouri's deepest lake is man-made Table Rock Lake, 220 feet at its deepest point.

Do alligators live in the Ozarks? ›

Yes, there have been many sightings of alligators in the Ozarks, especially in Lake Ozarks.

What is the largest private lake in Missouri? ›

The State Park also includes the largest marsh in a state park in Missouri. The remaining two-thirds of the lake shore is occupied by privately owned cabins and residences.
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Big Lake (Missouri)
Big Lake
Surface area646-acre (2.6 km2)
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Can you have a house on Table Rock Lake? ›

Yes, you can live on a Houseboat on Table Rock Lake. The 3.5-million-acre-foot Table Rock Lake is what attracts houseboat owners to the mountain town in the Ozarks.

Is lake of the Ozarks the same as Table Rock Lake? ›

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake or reservoir in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas in the United States.

Is Table Rock Lake a good place to live? ›

The mild climate and peaceful lifestyle, combined with myriad activities and nearby attractions, make Table Rock Lake one of the most desirable places to live in the U.S. BEACHES/AMENITIES – With almost 800 miles of shoreline, Table Rock has many beautiful spots for swimming in its crystal-clear water.

Why is it called Table Rock? ›

Table Rock is named after a rock shaped like a table.

What is the water temperature on Table Rock Lake? ›

The lake level is currently at 915.65 and the surface temperature is 82.1 degrees.

What kind of fish is in Table Rock Lake? ›

Table Rock Lake

Can you bring alcohol Moonshine Beach? ›

1 answer. You can not says no alcohol and no glass. Odd name for beach!

How much does Moonshine Beach cost? ›

There is a minimal fee of $5 to access Moonshine Beach, and the current hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The beach is located on South Highway 165: GPS information (latitude, longitude) 36.60778, -93.31 and 36â °18'36″W.

Does Moonshine Beach have showers? ›

Moonshine Beach features picnic tables, food vendors, a boat launch ramp, showers, flush toilets, a large pavilion, and a kids playground.

Are there snakes in Table Rock Lake? ›

"We do see them in the Ozarks on smaller remote streams like Flat Creek, the James River, and definitely on the Buffalo River in Arkansas," Miller said. "I've seen a couple on Table Rock Lake way back in a cove. The snake was doing its best job trying to float away from us."

How much does it cost to go to Marvel Cave? ›

Colorful stories await at every turn as your guides lead you through this spectacular cave. The lantern light tour begins 90 minutes prior to park closing and is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 8 to 11. Children under 8 are not allowed on lantern light tours.

Is Table Rock better than Lake of the Ozarks? ›

Table Rock Lake is cleaner, safer if you want to go boating, more beautiful, and all things considered, has more to do nearby. If you're planning on going to SDC and Branson anyway, spend your time at Table Rock.

Is Table Rock Lake polluted? ›

The nonprofit corporation has worked to reduce water pollution at Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri since 1998. Today, the lake is significantly cleaner, according to water quality test results published by the Lakes of Missouri Volunteer Program.

Why is Table Rock beach closed? ›

Table Rock had been closed since Dec. 23, when a rockfall spilled boulders from cliffs high above onto the county-operated beach. Geologic studies the county had done found the area to be stable, Marisa O'Neil, spokeswoman for OC Parks, said. County crews did not have to do any reinforcement work in the area.

Can you kayak on Table Rock Lake? ›

To navigate, press the arrow keys. Table Rock State Park has two lakes with paddling opportunities, both with the dramatic backdrop of Table Rock and the Blue Ridge mountains, one of the most iconic scenes in South Carolina. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available.

Are there jellyfish in Table Rock Lake? ›

Lucky boaters can typically see them bobbing near the surface in September at lakes across the state, including Table Rock Lake, Bull Shoals Lake and Stockton Lake.

Can you swim in Branson? ›

The Branson area has a water adventure at every turn with water parks, swimming pools, and three phenomenal lakes!

Can you paddle board on Table Rock Lake? ›

At Table Rock State Park, you can try out a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) or kayak on the peaceful 67-acre Lake Oolenoy the third Friday of every month from May through October. Choose a boat or board and park staff will provide basic instruction to get you off and paddling.

Is Table Rock better than Lake of the Ozarks? ›

Table Rock Lake is cleaner, safer if you want to go boating, more beautiful, and all things considered, has more to do nearby. If you're planning on going to SDC and Branson anyway, spend your time at Table Rock.

What is the deepest part of Table Rock Lake? ›

What is best time to fish on Table Rock Lake? ›

Although crappie can definitely be caught at Table Rock Lake year-round, spring is always the best time to go crappie fishing here (for the record, fall is the second best season for crappie fishing). One of the best times to fish for crappie during the spring is in April when crappie spawn at Table Rock Lake.

Which is bigger Lake of the Ozarks or Table Rock? ›

This lake has a surface area of 54,000 acres. Hence, you can easily see that it's much bigger than Table Rock Lake. Lake of the Ozarks has a serpentine shape from an aerial view and this gives off a bit of mysterious perception about the lake and this earned it the nickname 'The Magic Dragon'.

Can you live on Table Rock Lake? ›

Yes, you can live on a Houseboat on Table Rock Lake. The 3.5-million-acre-foot Table Rock Lake is what attracts houseboat owners to the mountain town in the Ozarks.

Does Beaver Lake connect to Table Rock? ›

The White River headwaters originate in the Boston Mountains south-southeast of Fayetteville, Arkansas, flow north-northeast into Beaver Lake and discharge from Beaver Dam into the backwaters of Table Rock Lake.

What is the biggest fish caught in Table Rock Lake? ›

Paddlefish. Also known as spoonbill because of the shape of the snout, this species has a short season and yields the biggest fish in the lake. The Missouri Department of Conservation certified the state record snagged at Table Rock Lake as weighing in at a whopping 140 pounds, 9 ounces.

What is the limit on walleye on Table Rock Lake? ›

(6) WALLEYE: (A) Beaver Lake and its tributaries; Table Rock Lake and its tributaries to Beaver Darn; Bull Shoals Lake, and Norfork Lake- minimum length limit of 18 inches, daily limit four.

Is Table Rock Lake stocked? ›

Bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass are proven stocking combination that provides both food and sport-fishing.

Why is it called Table Rock? ›

Table Rock is named after a rock shaped like a table.

Is Table Rock Lake clean? ›

The Midwest's Most Beautiful Lake: Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is a beautiful, clean and clear lake cover over 40,000 acres with nearly 800 miles of shoreline covering from Southwest Missouri into Northwest Arkansas.

What is the deepest lake in United States? ›

At 1,943 feet (592 meters), Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the deepest in the world.

Are there snakes in Table Rock Lake? ›

"We do see them in the Ozarks on smaller remote streams like Flat Creek, the James River, and definitely on the Buffalo River in Arkansas," Miller said. "I've seen a couple on Table Rock Lake way back in a cove. The snake was doing its best job trying to float away from us."

What creatures are in Table Rock Lake? ›

Table Rock Lake contains several species of game and pan fish including: Dominate Species: Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass, White Crappie, Bluegill and Long Ear sunfish. Spring: As the water rises and warms the fish in Table Rock Lake become more active moving into shallow areas seeking spawning locations.

Is crappie fishing good at Table Rock Lake? ›

Crappie make for a great catch, and you'll find plenty of them in Table Rock Lake. You can catch both black and white varieties of this underrated fish on Table Rock Lake. Like Bass, they're a year-round species, but one of the best times to target them might surprise you – winter!

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