Branson Area Lakes
There’s a popular trio in Branson that’s never had a hit song or been on stage, but they keep people coming back year after year.
Table Rock Lake, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals Lake offer great recreational experiences for people of all ages and interests, along with some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest.
In fact, these three lakes were among the reasons Thrillist.com put Branson on its list of the Most Beautiful Spring Destinations in the U.S.
Let’s take a quick look at these three outdoor gems, conveniently situated in and around Branson.
Table Rock Lake – Like the popular lead singer of a successful band, Table Rock Lake is well known across the country – and rightfully so – thanks to its 43,000 acres of water and miles of beautiful, tree-lined shores. Southern Living ranked it as one of the South’s GreatestLakes and it is renowned among anglers for its bass fishing. Part of TableRockState Park, the lake boasts a beach and marina, and it’s a popular stop for scuba divers. In 2015, Table Rock made national news when an angler snagged a 140-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish from her waters.
Lake Taneycomo – If Table Rock is the lead singer of this trio, LakeTaneycomo is like the guitarist who doesn’t attract the paparazzi, but is wildly popular among folks who are truly “in the know.” The smallest of the three lakes, Taneycomo has just 40 miles of shoreline, but it’s one of the best trout-fishing lakes in the country. Why? LakeTaneycomo is stocked with three-quarters of a million rainbow and brown trout each year and its cold waters make the fishing ideal. As the Columbia Daily Tribune newspaper put it: “LakeTaneycomo is trout heaven.”
Bull Shoals Lake – Although Table Rock and Taneycomo often hog the spotlight, BullShoalsLake is popular spot for anglers and folks who enjoy a variety of lake-related pursuits. It’s the drummer of this trio. Bull Shoals has plenty of clear waters and is good for scuba diving. But it’s known for fishing, as several Show-Me State record catches come from the Missouri side of this lake. Among those records are a 13-pound, 14-ounce largemouth bass; a 65-pound, 2-ounce striped bass; and a 21-pound, 1-ounce walleye. If you don’t have your own boat, take heart, Yahoo! Travel says the Arkansas section of Bull Shoals is one of the best places to rent a boat in the U.S.
No matter what kind of music you like, these three lakes in Branson are playing a tune you’ll enjoy. From swimming and fishing to boating and kayaking, if it involves water, you can do it in Branson.
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