White River Lodge is 2 miles off 86 highway 6.5 miles from the junction of 65 that goes north to Branson (8 miles) or south to Harrison, AR (35 miles) and 6 miles east of the town, Blue Eye, MO. Blue Eye is a very small town on the border of MO and AR. It has a nice school, Jim Baker’s Morning Side, and a USPO. There are over 800 rural Blue Eye, MO addresses. Off 86, White River Lodge is one mile down county road UU and less than a mile down Ozark Hollow Road, formally known as Prince…I mean Happy Hollow Road— actually Happy Hollow is still there just a little further where the road crosses from Stone to Taney county. It seems Taney county did not want to play “let’s change the address numbers for the 911 system” so Stone county changed the road name and the numbers and the few properties on the Stone county side got the “this is your new address” letter in the mail as did the Bablers at WRL, which was only about 2 years old then. We were aggravated at the time but had no idea the problems it would cause when google and the world took travel to the internet. Our 738 Ozark Hollow Rd address doesn’t always show up in the right spot but we haven’t moved, we’re still sitting on 40 acres of Ozark Mountain forest. The 13 acres on the north side of Ozark Hollow are just woods but the 26 ac. on the south side overlooking beautiful Table Rock Lake is where we built our 10,000 sq. ft. custom log lodge.
|Big Cedar Cove|
Standing on our decks looking east across the lake is Clevenger Branch, the next cove south is Bass Pro’s Big Cedar Lodge resort. Out of sight is Long Creek bridge and arm that goes into AR. North up the White River is Showboat Branson Bell’s dock, State Park Marina and Table Rock dam. Table Rock Lake is 110 miles long so there is much more lake to enjoy. The original White River was 600 miles long, starting in Arkansas flowing north into Missouri east and south back into AR. The four Corp. of Engineer’s dams were built mostly for flood control but it has made some very nice areas for recreation and vacations in both states. Back to our part of the White River, Table Rock Lake Dam empties into Lake Taneycomo—it looks more like a river but because of another dam 22 miles downstream it’s technically a lake. Water coming out of the bottom of deep TRL is 40 degrees so Missouri Conservation Dept. stocks rainbow and brown trout in this cold flowing water. Bill started White River Outfitters fishing guide service 25 years ago to take clients fishing for trout on Taneycomo or for a variety of indigenous bass on Table Rock Lake. His
|Spring at the lodge|
Babler’s White River Outfitters guide service sometimes shows up on a google map down the road in someone else’s back yard-SIGH- but he and his fishing equipment live here too. There are many “White River” business names around here but seems to be in other places too. On the east coast, there’s a White River Lodge retirement home, and I’ve gotten a couple of facebook likes and even on-line reservations from people wanting the one in South Africa. We hope you’ll visit us here at White River Lodge bed and breakfast in south Missouri, USA.