UPDATE: MoDot was able to complete repairs and as of June 7, 2019 the Long Creek Bridge reopened! So now travelers may easily access attractions on both sides of the lake when staying at White River Lodge.
White River Lodge opened in June of 2005 and we always look forward to our June guests as many are celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, or vacation getaways. However, this June may bring some challenges for travelers and locals alike. The 86 highway Long Creek Bridge is located between 65 highway and White River Lodge and MoDot has announced they will be closing the bridge to make “critical repairs” starting June 3, 2019 for three to four weeks. Using the Long Creek bridge is the quickest route to Ridgedale, Hollister, and historical Branson. Travelers will need to use the Kimberling City bridge west of us to get across the Lake. Coming up from the south you just cut up to 86 highway on the west side.
As our guests know, there are many activities and attractions that guests enjoy on this side of the lake starting with the lake! There is a Corp. of Engineers (Old 86) campground, boat launch, picnic and swim-beach areas down county road UU— about a mile from White River Lodge. There are marinas at Lampe and Kimberling City where you can rent boats. And co-innkeeper, Bill Babler, has a fishing guide service.
Dogwood Canyon nature park is still 10 miles west on 86 highway with hiking, biking, horseback riding, Segway tours and a informative tram ride. It also has a restaurant, mill, and museum. A little farther on the other side of the road, down by the Kanakuk camps is Persimmon Hill Berry Farm—June is the month for blueberries, blackberries, and more; they have a store and café for a “berry good time”. We use their products at WRL too. Continue west on 86 to cut north to Shell Knob on Table Rock Lake on 39. There are two good restaurants, The Steak Inn and on the Kings River branch of TRL, Carmelina’s. Continue on 86 West and watch for 23 which goes south into historical Eureka Springs, Arkansas or keep on 86 west to Promise Land Zoo, Roaring River State Park and go south to Bentonville, AR and Crystal Bridges Museum.
White River Lodge will have a special nightly discount running in June in addition to our summer special of 10% off three or more nights when you Book Direct. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with directions and travel times and information on all of this and more. The lodge has a wonderful Table Rock Lake view with decks and birds to watch at the feeder in addition to squirrels, chipmunks, deer, groundhogs, roadrunners, etc. You can watch from the inside AC areas too. There’s DirecTV, an outside LazyBoy Spa off the Flagstone Patio with fireplace and picnic table, game room with billiards and ping-pong. Breakfast is served each morning and afternoon snacks/desserts.
To get to Kimberling City from WRL go west on 86 for eight miles and go straight on to north 13. Lampe has a Dollar General and the Fillin’ Station diner. Continue on 13 N and cross over the Kimberling City bridge. Be sure to slow your speed down! Take a right to go down to What’s Up Dock Marina. Along Highway 13 there’s The Catfish Hole Restaurant, Vino Cellars Wine Shop and Lounge, Parmesan’s Pizzeria and as you continue north Danna’s BBQ and Burger Shop, El Lago Mexican, Reed Spring Pizza Company, and Papouli’s. If you like caves, Talking Rock Cavern is off highway 13 too. There is also the Cosmic Cavern cave about a 15-minute drive SW from WRL on the way to Berryville, AR which has the Sanders Gun Museum.
From Branson West you can turn right onto the famous 76 strip to continue east to Silver Dollar City or on to Branson or turn right on 265 to go south to the dam. There’s also Super Hwy. 465 to cut you over quickly to 65 where you can head north to Springfield or south to the Branson Landing.
Come RELAX, RENEW, and EXPLORE at White River Lodge.