Spring has been great but summer is coming and beautiful Table Rock Lake is calling your name. The new ten million dollar Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Dam has the history of how it all began as well as other information and beautiful grounds. You may arrive by car or boat. It is free and open daily from 9-5. There are also tours of the dam for $14.50 per adult and don’t forget the paved walking trail along the shore through Table Rock State Park and over to the marina—sounds like a picnic opportunity to me.
State Park Marina also has lots of ways to enjoy Table Rock Lake. They have boat rentals, scuba diving, para-sailing, and the Spirit of America Catamaran excursions. The Showboat Branson Belle which is docked between the dam and State Park Marina has dinner cruises with entertainment—sometimes we even see it cruising near White River Lodge. Yes, we do have our summer lodging special running that will save you 10%-20% on multiple night stays and it’s good over the summer holidays too. White River Lodge is located across the lake from Big Cedar Lodge and we can see their fireworks display over Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. The picture above is from last year’s Fourth of July celebration—it’s fun to watch the boats gather too. Table Rock Lake also has bass fishing—be prepared to go VERY early, or below the dam on Taneycomo, there is trout fishing. If you’re staying at White River Lodge, you can get $25 off fishing guide service with Bill (White River Outfitters).
In addition to State Park for boat rentals there is one at Long Creek near the bridge, and just across the AR line is Cricket Creek Marina. We have room to park your boat at the lodge or if you wish to keep it on the water, Cricket Creek does have nightly rental on boat slips. Area Corp. of Engineers parks do have boat launches and/or other amenities that can be used for a $4 fee or with your yearly pass. The park closest to the Lodge, Old 86 Campground is closed for repairs from the 2011 flood but the one at Long Creek is open. Most of the parks have access to lake swimming and don’t forget the “famous” Moonshine Beach between the dam and Chateau on the Lake.
We’d love to see you “on the lake” this summer!