Table Rock State Park Travel Guide
Table Rock State Park is a 356-acre Missouri state park on the shores of Table Rock Lake in Taney County. It is located in the Ozark Mountains of southwestern Missouri, near the Arkansas border and just south of Branson. The lake itself is much larger than the park, covering 43,000 acres and extending into northern Arkansas. Both the lake and the city of Branson draw large numbers of tourists to the area every single year.
Table Rock Lake was formed when Table Rock Dam was built by the Army Corps of Engineers between 1954 and 1958. The lake is thus a reservoir, and was originally created to help manage flooding on the upper White River.
Things to see and do in Table Rock State Park
Tour the scenic beauty of Table Rock State Park and all around Table Rock Lake. There are oak and hickory trees lining the shoreline. There are sheer cliffs, hills, wildflowers, crystal-clear waters, and wildlife such as white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, foxes, tarantulas, and much bird life. You can hike, bike, mountain bike, picnic, or camp. There are two camping areas in the park, one with and one without electricity. You can also camp at the Viney Creek Recreation Area on the west side of the lake. Year-round RV sites are available at Table Rock State Park.
Explore the lake by water. There are marinas where you can rent boats. You can also bring your own boat or go on a guided boat tour. The catamaran Spirit of America is a popular tour boat, as is the showboat Branson Belle, and the amphibious “ducks” are a unique experience. Sailing, water-skiing, and scuba diving are also popular.
Fish the lake from shore or boat for a large number of fish species, many of which are regularly stocked back into the lake. There are Kentucky spotted and white bass, bluegills, crappie, and catfish in abundance, and in nearby Lake Taneycomo, the water is cold enough to support a trout population.
Swim at secluded, little beaches all around the Table Rock Lake. Moonshine Beach is the most popular, but Cape Fair and many camping areas also offer swimming opportunities. Be careful to stay in designated swim zones to avoid boat traffic and fishing lines.
See other area attractions like the cave formation at Talking Rock Caverns, the trout ready for stocking at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and the fun and adventure at Silver Dollar City in nearby Branson.
There are around Table Rock Lake sees hot summers and mild winters. Summer highs range from 85 to 90 on average, while winter highs range from 42 to 47 degrees. Spring and fall temperatures are moderate and transitional, and the fall colors in the Ozarks are truly breathtaking.