Explore the Lakes in Branson, Missouri
A guide to the three top-notch Branson lakes.
The Branson area is well known for its three pristine lakes: Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals. Water sports enthusiasts can swim, water ski, wakeboard, tube, boat, sail, scuba dive, jet ski, parasail, kayak and, of course, fish. The lakes’ waters never freeze, welcoming visitors to enjoy activities on the water year-round.
All three Branson lakes offer resort lodging, camping and picnicking facilities. Enjoy easy access to the water at a number of public marinas and boat dock/launch areas. Several commercial docks offer fishing guide services and a wide range of boat rentals, including ski boats, pontoon boats, bass boats and wave runners. Many of the resorts on the three lakes offer guide service, rental boats, snack bars and private dock facilities for visitors’ boats.
Table Rock Lake
Accessible from multiple public and privately owned locations just minutes 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 1959.
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 Ozarks’ natural shoreline, bluffs, forests and wildlife.Guide to Table Rock Lake
Accessible from many points, including downtown Branson, Rockaway Beach, Forsyth, Powersite, Hollister and the Fall Creek area, Lake Taneycomo was formed with the completion of Powersite Dam in 1913. Originally a section of the White River, Taneycomo is now technically a lake yet retains the look and feel of a river. When Table Rock Dam was completed at Taneycomo’s headwaters in 1959, the nature of the lake changed. Taneycomo’s water now comes from the bottom of Table Rock Lake, making it a cold-water lake. The cold, clear water, stocked annually with approximately 750,000 rainbow trout, makes Lake Taneycomo a world-class trout fishery.
Resorts and full-service public marinas offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing boats, motorboats, guides, tackle and pontoons for relaxing and fun-filled lake activities.Guide to Lake Taneycomo
Bull Shoals Lake
Bull Shoals begins where Taneycomo ends and flows eastward from Forsyth into Arkansas. Bull Shoals Dam, the fifth-largest concrete dam in the United States, is located seven miles north of Cotter, Arkansas. The lake’s shoreline is relatively undeveloped and features steep bluffs and rock ledges. The lake has many areas within 20 feet of the shoreline measuring 50 feet deep or more. Its crystalline water makes the lake an ideal spot for scuba divers. Light tackle and line are the best choice for anglers.
Bull Shoals also provides a variety of public access points and a selection of quaint fishing lodges that offer privacy and a chance to explore surrounding Ozark Mountain scenery at its finest.Guide to Bull Shoals Lake