Table Rock Lake - Camping, Fishing and Much More
When you look for a camping destination, you obviously expect something very serene, pure, full of greenery and blue waters, which can give you the full pleasure of camping. Here’s just what you want – the Table Rock Lake in Branson!
Table Rock Lake has crystal clear water, beautiful shores full of trees and serene beaches that you and your family would love to pitch tents on and have fun. It’s nothing surprising that this lake is one of the most popular destinations of Branson. Sailing, boating, fishing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, camping, sightseeing or hiking, you name it and you’ll get it in this lovely Ozarks picnic spot.
With more than 100 resorts nearby along with abundant campsites, there is no shortage of accommodation options at Table Rock Lake.
What’s more, Branson’s Entertainment District is just a short drive away! In short, Table Rock Lake is a treasure of Ozark.
Table Rock Lake has an amazing shoreline of almost 800 miles and offers so many lovely spots for taking a swim in its crystal clear water.
For example, Moonshine Beach near the Dewey Short Visitor Center Recreation Area, is the most popular due to its generous sandy beach with facilities to swim, sunbathe, dive, play volleyball, hike or just enjoy watching wildlife if you are a nature-lover.
Or if you want to run away from crowds and boat traffic, head to the Beaver area on the lake’s southwest corner which is a popular swimming spot. Just off Highway 75, Cape Fair has wide-open water to offer where you can enjoy swimming to your heart’s content. Even most campsites have swimming areas.
NOTE: Swimming is not allowed in some areas of the lake, particularly around marinas.
Table Rock Lake has so many beautiful campsites from where you can enjoy the beauty of the waterfront and quiet woodlands. There are two campgrounds at the lake which feature basic and sewer/water/electric campsites.
Specials are also offered at the State Park Marina. On the western side of the lake, there is Viney Creek Recreation Area which has campsites and water on its three sides which offers an experience that you can never forget.
The beauty of the Table Rock Lake Campground is that it offers a great spot for parking your RV with full hookups with Wi-Fi. This is year-round parking and fees are reasonable.
Table Rock Lake is famous countrywide as a premium fishing spot. It’s rich with huge numbers of white bass and Kentucky spotted bass due to its massive forage base and diverse underwater structure. Also bluegill and crappie are in abundance. The lake bottom is rich with catfish of all sizes.
You can even get experienced fishing guides with the help of the several area resorts and marinas. These guides can enrich your fishing experience.
Another amazing feature of this area is that it offers hundreds of local and regional fishing tournaments every year including a leading B.A.S.S. tournament. Thus if you love to watch or participate in tournament fishing, you can get ample opportunities here.
Whether you arrive with some scuba diving adventure on mind, or a quiet day fishing or exciting water sports, Table Rock Lake has everything for you. You can get boats and equipment rentals here. Everything from wave runners and fishing boats to water skis as well as inner tubes is available on rent at the State Park Marina.
What’s more, you can try parasailing too or you can enjoy a guided afternoon excursion on the 48-foot catamaran, Spirit of America.
A place to get a range of boats on rent, including the fun pontoon boats is the Indian Point Marina, which offers a ship storage and gas dock if you are in need of refilling your own boat.
As mentioned earlier, Table Rock Lake has numerous accommodation options in the form of lakefront resorts, hotels, motels and condos. It also has the luxurious Chateau On The Lake Resort Spa and Convention Centre that offers breathtaking views of both – the lake and Branson, along with outdoor and indoor swimming pools, restaurants, a spa and convention areas.
If you are looking for a rustic Ozark Mountain escape, there are many charming cabins available lining the waterfront.
For example, Cabin of Dreams set on a forested hill in Hollister, is a spacious, wood-paneled cottage with a porch, fireplace and all the amenities, a few minutes from the shore.
There are so many other cabins too from comfortable to luxe including Eagle’s View Cottages, Cross Timbers Lodge, the Lakeside Resort, Restaurant & General Stores, Holiday Hideaway Resort and the Wilderness Club at Big Cedar.
If you love sightseeing, the Table Rock Lake has that too for you. You can get sightseeing from the water for which you can book passage on the Showboat Branson Belle, a two-hour cruise with lunch or dinner and live entertainment, or take a ride on the Spirit of America.
Enjoy a land and water adventure, with Ride the Ducks to enjoy a Branson tour before jumping down in the Table Rock Lake.
Even on land around the lake, you will get numerous sights to see, including the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, an amazing place where as many as 1.1 million trout are produced every year, the Talking Rocks Cavern, a charming place to explore a cave and see how rock and mineral formations grow and the ever fun Silver Dollar City amusement park.
When it comes to dining, again the Table Rock Lake has numerous options for you. Are you looking for a classy dinner along with a stunning view? Or are you in search of a barbecue? Or would you like to have a meal in a downhome restaurant where they offer a boat-parking facility? The Table Rock Lake has all that.
At the Stonewater Cove Resort and Club, you’ll have a great opportunity to relish a delicious meal of “gourmet comfort food” along with stunning sunset views. Take sweeping views of the Ozark Mountain from Top of the Rock which features a range of dining options such as Arnie’s Barn, Buffalo Bar and Osage Restaurant. Or at the Lakeside Restaurant in Branson West or at Danna’s BBQ and Burgers at the State Park Marina or at Floating Point at Indian Point, you can even enjoy food right on the lake. The Steak Inn in Shell Knob is placed just off the lake and is an all-time favorite of foodies serving the best stuffed shrimp and sirloin in town.
More about the Table Rock Lake
- Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse were completed in 1959
- The dam is 252 feet high and 6,423 feet long
- The lake offers around 43,000 to 52,300 acres of surface area based on the water level
- 750+ miles of shoreline
So, when are you planning a camping trip to Table Rock Lake?