Table Rock Lake Branson has been one of the most popular recreational lakes in the country for the past century. Even before the lake itself was created by the construction of Table Rock Dam, this area of the White River basin was popular for hiking, fishing and camping. The establishment of the dam in 1958 created this 52,300-acre lake, which along with Table Rock State Park has become a premier tourist destination for fishing, boating, camping, and hiking. In spite of its popularity, visitors can explore the 800-mile coastline in relative seclusion, as there is enough room for all. Guests can go camping in the forests and fish for huge bass in the waters of Table Rock Lake Branson, while enjoying the Branson resorts on the lake, musical shows, amusement parks, and other attractions in the area.
One of the most famous aspects of travel to Table Rock Lake Branson is the spectacular bass fishing. Recognized as one of the best spots for bass fishing in the world, with largemouth and smallmouth bass, Kentucky spotted bass and white bass. In addition, there are plenty of catfish, crappie and bluegill in the cool waters. Many of the Branson resorts on the lake can provide you with fishing gear, boat rental, and guidance as to the best spots for fishing.
There are many Branson resorts on the lake dotted around the shore, from luxurious resorts like Big Cedar Lodge, which includes a spa, rustically decorated rooms, and such perks as in-room fireplaces and hot tubs, to more basic accommodation like the Bavarian Village Resort, which has cabins and duplexes. If you don't want to leave the lake at night, you might consider renting a houseboat for your family or group—that way, you can maximize your time on the water. Don't worry if you didn't catch enough fish for dinner—there are numerous restaurants right by the lake shore.
If you prefer more independent fishing and hiking, Table Rock State Park has its own marina where you can rent a boat, complete with fishing gear, and learn more about good fishing spots. You can also go parasailing, scuba diving, and all sorts of other water activities. Table Rock State Park has two campgrounds, offering basic campsites to sites equipped with sewer, electricity, and water hookups, giving you a good base from which to explore the lake and the surrounding wilderness on the many hiking trails close by.
For a beautiful view of the lake as well as a taste of the country music that made Branson famous, consider going on a boat cruise on the Branson Belle, a traditional paddle-boat that hosts a famous music show for lunch or dinner. Soak in the beautiful views of the lake and the Ozark Mountains, and enjoy rousing entertainment in the 700-seat theater of the Branson Belle, one of the most famous Branson attractions. Other cruises on Table Rock Lake include the Spirit of America, which is a catamaran, and the American Star, which hosts sightseeing cruises of the lake as well as dinner shows.