The Great Ozark Outdoors from White River Lodge

White River Lodge overlooks Table Rock Lake two miles off 86 highway on the south side of the lake a mile after crossing Long Creek Bridge (UU to Ozark Hollow Road).  Many of our guests enjoy all the outdoor activities during these spring, summer, and fall months.

I’m often asked, “do you have a swimming pool?”  No, BUT I have a lake–with the re-opening of Old 86 Corp. of Eng. park a swim in beautiful, clean Table Rock Lake is only a mile away.  Borrow chairs, beach towels, and swim noodles from us and go have some economical fun in the sun ($4 per car park fee).  For sand underfoot and probably a few more people, there’s Moonshine Beach between Chateau on the Lake and the dam.  For faster fun, bring your own boat/jet ski or rent one from a nearby marina–Bass Pro’s Long Creek Marina is nearest us and they are also in the process of building an eating place.  DiMonaco’s Resort on the other side of the bridge has opened the Boardwalk Cafe which can be accessed by water or land.

Take a scenic 10 mile car drive to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a White River Lodge guest favorite (pictured above).  This wonderful park has multiple ways for all ages to enjoy the park–walk or bike the paved path or take guided tram, segway, jeep, or horseback tours.  They also are building some new facilities that will include a mill and restaurant but enjoy the outdoor cafe until then.  A mile further west on 86 is the turn-off for the Kanakuk Christian sports camps and Persimmon Hill Berry Farm.  Follow the “bear” signs to enjoy blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and more.  Pick them yourself or buy already picked fresh, frozen, or made into something yummy products (also used for breakfast at WRL).  Persimmon Hill now has an air-conditioned area to purchase and enjoy muffins, pancakes, lunch, drinks and desserts.

Ziplines made an appearance in Branson a few years ago and now there are several to choose from–the newest goes across Taneycomo to the Branson Landing.  Speaking of Taneycomo–this cold water lake that looks more like a river has excellent trout fishing.  Husband and fishing guide, Bill Babler, takes folks fly or spin-cast fishing from his Phoenix Bass Boat.  If your a bass fisherman, he’ll take you out on Table Rock Lake instead.  Stay at White River Lodge and get $25 off your fishing trip.

If you’re in the area for several day or come here often, you may wish to take a day trip to Eureka Springs, Harrison, Low Gap, or Bentonville, AR.  White River Lodge will be happy to share information, dining spots, and directions to help you enjoy your Ozarks outdoor vacation.

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