Cool Ways to Get your Group on the Water in Branson

No matter where your event is held in the Branson area, you’re only minutes away from amazing lakes! On the west side of town you’ll find Table Rock Lake, which is frequently on lists of the best lakes in the United States. To the south and east is Lake Taneycomo, which is enclosed by scenic bluffs and is known as one of the nation’s best trout fisheries.

Here are some ways you can get your event attendees out on the water and enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

A Tour and a Thrill Ride

The newest attraction on Lake Taneycomo is the Branson Jet Boats, which operates trick-performing speedboats from a dock at Branson Landing. The craft is outfitted with three 400-horsepower Indmar Raptor engines and can roar down the lake at high speed and swing 360 degrees, slinging water on the riders. The boat can also quickly reverse and stop on a dime, treating riders to even more excitement and splashes. The trip travels about six miles downstream from Branson, so it’s part lake tour and part floating roller coaster!

The average tour lasts about an hour and discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or larger. The boat can accommodate about 60 passengers at a time. Your attendees will get wet!

Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises

One of the most popular lake attractions in the area is the Showboat Branson Belle, a massive ship styled after the majestic river showboats of the 1800s. This paddlewheel treats riders to a two-hour cruise of Table Rock Lake, a three-course dinner and a live show. The Showboat can accommodate up to 700 passengers and offers special pricing for groups of 10 or more. The ship operates several scheduled cruises daily from March through December but can also be chartered for private events.

Located on the southern end of Branson Landing, Main Street Lake Cruises offers a variety of cruises and charters on their two ships: the Lake Queen, a replica of a 19th century paddleboat and the Landing Princess, a 100-foot luxury yacht. You can take a scheduled sightseeing cruise of Lake Taneycomo or set up a private cruise with a reception or private dinner while attendees watch the sunset and the Branson Landing Fountain show.

Get Wet on Table Rock Lake

If your attendees would prefer a lake tour that includes sunbathing and swimming in Table Rock Lake, the Spirit of America catamaran is an ideal venue. The 48-foot sailboat is based at State Park Marina, which provides easy access, ample parking and a full-service marina store. The ship itself features a large main deck that can accommodate up to 49 passengers. Riders can help the crew operate the vessel or sit back and enjoy the sun and water. When it’s time to swim, the crew deploys a large inflatable slide and other water toys. Scheduled tours and swimming excursions are available twice daily during the warm months and reservations are recommended. Group charters are available.

Fly-Fishing Adventure

If you are looking for something active and different to do with attendees, why not take them fishing? Not just casting a bobber, but getting hip-deep in some of the best fly fishing in North America! Trout anglers come from around the world to fish upper Taneycomo, either from the shore, from boats or while wading in the lake’s shallow headwaters.

The lake is continually stocked by the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, which releases more than 300,000 pounds of trout into the lake each year. Several fishing outfitters and guides, including Lilley’s Landing Resort and Marina, Scotty’s Trout Dock and Marina and Fall Creek Marina are available to help plan your attendees’ angling adventure, as well as get participants the necessary licenses and tackle.

For more information about the region and for more ideas for fun things that meeting attendees can do while here, visit ExploreBransonMeetings.com.