No visit to the lake would be complete without stopping by Dewey Short Visitor Center near Table Rock Dam. The new visitor center opened April 27, 2012 and has been called the “crown jewel” of Table Rock Lake. Exhibits at the visitor center include a state-of-the-art interactive map of Table Rock Lake, beautiful artistic wall murals, and a replica of an Ozarks bluff complete with local flora and fauna. A Native American artifact exhibit and Ozarks dioramas are fascinating features of the interpretive center. An interactive water safety exhibit demonstrates the importance of wearing a life jacket, and an expansive cut-away model reveals the inner workings of a hydroelectric dam. The fascinating history of the Corps of Engineers rounds out the exhibits.