20 Issues to Do on Desk Rock Lake

Issues to do on attractive Desk Rock Lake in southwest Missouri – an in depth drive from St. Louis and Kansas Metropolis and a fast flight from Chicago and Denver!

tubing on table rock lake

Desk Rock Lake is nestled in Southwest Missouri, close to Branson. It’s an exquisite place to reside or go to! Recognized for its clear water, it boasts nearly 800 miles of shoreline and a variety of issues to do.

Do you know? Desk Rock Lake was created as a leisure lake to regulate floods and create hydroelectric energy. It’s managed by the Corp of Engineers.  It was named Desk Rock Lake because of the rock shelf above the White River, however you’ll see a shelf alongside numerous the shoreline.

I grew up visiting Desk Rock Lake with my household and 5 years in the past, we determined to buy a Lake Cottage to create reminiscences with our household! This contemporary lake home is the proper house for us, with nice views, an idyllic location and the appropriate flooring plan for our little household.

We love this space a lot and really feel so fortunate to get to take pleasure in our time right here. I’ve written about issues to do in Branson with youngsters, in addition to our favourite ideas for visiting Silver Greenback Metropolis at Christmas.

With out additional ado, right here’s 22 issues to do on Desk Rock Lake – and if I missed any, let me know!

Issues to Do on Desk Rock Lake


Desk Rock has lengthy been identified for fishing! In actual fact, there are a number of tournaments held on the lake all year long. You’ll discover Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, White Bass, Crappie, Bluegill, Catfish and Lengthy Ear Sunfish. You’ll even discover Walleye, Warmouth, Striped Bass and Paddlefish.

You possibly can find out about Missouri fishing regulations right here and Arkansas fishing regulations right here.

Mountain climbing

There are nice locations to hike lakeside, together with Desk Rock Lake State Park, the White River Valley Path System, and Chinquapin Path, that are all linked. Close by you’ll additionally discover nice mountain climbing at Dogwood Canyon and on the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Space.

Leap Off the Rope Swings

Some of the memorable experiences at Desk Rock Lake is leaping off the rope swings! It was all the time a favourite of mine as a toddler and now our women get to share within the pleasure! 

It’s enjoyable for all ages and an awesome gathering place. 

Leap off a Cliff

There are a number of nice cliffs to leap off of across the lake and every one is extra enjoyable than the final. Once more, it’s all the time an awesome place to make new pals – you’ll discover that boaters are all the time pleasant. Who isn’t blissful on the water? See the map for extra!

Please observe this exercise comes at a threat. It’s finest to decide on a day the place it’s not busy so few boats are round.

girl jumping off cliff on table rock lake

Eat on the Water

Desk Rock Lake boasts a number of floating and lakeside eating places. A lot of them are open Memorial Day to Labor Day. You’ll find the complete information of Desk Rock Lake Eating places that features what they’ve to supply, the place they’re positioned, docking directions and extra!

Whilst you’re at it, take a look at my assortment of the most effective Boat Snacks to take for a day on the water!

tubing on table rock lake

Water Sports activities

The lake is a good place to discover ways to water ski, tube, surf, knee board, wake board and extra! Objects might be bought or rented on the Ski Shack at Kimberling Metropolis or Indian Level.

sunset at table rock lake

Take a Sundown Cruise

Boating is after all all the time a spotlight on the lake, however the sunsets are past breathtaking! You possibly can drop your boat at one of many many public entry ramps, hire a ship or take the Branson Belle, Catamaran, Goin Jessi or Woman Liberty for a cruise.

Watch Fireworks

There are fireworks Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July weekend and Labor Day weekend along with the Branson Belle fireworks which give locals and boaters a free show all through the summer time (see their web site for cruise dates).

There’s nothing fairly just like the reflection of fireworks on the water. It’s really magical.

table rock lake sunrise

Go to the Seaside

  • Moonshine Beach (free) – relax on a sizzling summer time day and let the youngsters play within the sand and swim on the seaside on Desk Rock Lake. They provide altering rooms, picnic shelters and restricted parking. It’s all the time a favourite with the kiddos! Situated at 3778 MO-165, Branson, Missouri 65616
  • Joe Bald – Day use
  • Mill Creek – $5
  • Baxter Public Use
  • Kings River Marina
  • Cricket Creek Campground

Dewey Short Visitor Center

Take a break on a chilly or wet day and benefit from the view and actions on the customer middle. Construct a dam, learn a e-book or take pleasure in one of many interactive actions whereas studying in regards to the hydroelectric dam.

You possibly can go to the Dewey Brief Customer Heart and get an in depth up view of Desk Rock Dam by automotive or boat! There’s a complimentary dock and small seaside close by. It’s additionally linked to a number of trails which are good for a simple stroll or bike trip!

Catch a Boat Present or Regatta

  • The Classics Cruisin’ Boat Present is all the time a good time! You possibly can catch them at various locations throughout the lake or watch them cruise! It’s all the time enjoyable to see. They even have actions for teenagers, like coloring their very personal wooden boats to set sail. 
  • Be a part of a Regatta like this one for Cobalt (I’m certain there are lots of extra!)
swing at bar

Pull up a Swing

and seize a drink whereas listening to reside music at Parrot’s Pavilion Tiki Bar. You possibly can take pleasure in video games and cocktails waterside. You’ll usually discover reside music, however you’ll all the time discover a good time. Go forward and pull up a swing on the bar!

Search for Seashells

Whereas nestled in the midst of the nation, yow will discover an abundance of seashells alongside the shoreline! One in all our favourite spots to gather is alongside the shoreline at Hideaway Marina, however you’ll usually discover them on the islands as nicely!

boat by lake


A couple of of the Marinas have nicely curated boutiques full of nice presents, swimwear and extra. State Park Marina, Hideaway Marina and Campbell Level are favorites, however all of them have slightly one thing to supply!

  • State Park Marina
  • Hideaway Marina
  • Indian Level Marina
  • Kings River Marina
  • Level of Kimberling Marina
  • Cape Truthful Marina
  • Huge M Marina
  • Campbell Level Marin
  • Eagle Rock Marina
  • Baxter Marina
  • Lengthy Creek Marina
  • Cricket Creek Marina
  • Bent Hook Marina

In fact who doesn’t love looking for life jackets, flip flops, wake boards, skis and extra? Williams Brothers Ski Store and Ski Shack are nice go-tos on the water.

waterfall at big cedar

See a Waterfall

Cruise to Satan’s Pool at Huge Cedar to expertise a beautiful waterfall up shut.


Deliver your individual or hire a kayak at State Park Marina, Stillwaters, Huge Cedar or the resort you’re visiting. It’s an effective way to soak up the true great thing about Desk Rock Lake and see the layers of rock up shut.

3 girls on paddleboard


Benefit from the light waters in a cove whereas sneaking slightly exercise in.

Paddle Boat

Hire a paddle boat on the resort you’re staying at, or State Park Marina.


Take the catamaran out for a cruise with an array of actions, together with an enormous slide.


The lake is enjoyable above and under the water’s floor! There are such a lot of locations to discover together with Zebulon Pike, the previous city of Oasis, The Enchanted Forest and Duck Island. E book with the Indian Level Dive Heart 417-338-6900 or White River Dive Firm 417-334-9073.

Slalom Course

There are 4 slalom programs nestled on Desk Rock.

  • Little Cow Creek
  • Simply previous Hideaway Marina earlier than Level 9
  • Decrease Kings River Simply previous Kings River Marina
  • Little Indian Creek/Dogwood Creek
3 girls swimming in table rock lake


There are a variety of nice locations to swim at Desk Rock Lake. Go to a seaside, discover a quiet cove or perhaps a vigorous one and luxuriate in!

Benefit from the Wildlife

Every day and season brings one thing new! Watch deer drink from the lake, seek for the eagles as they seek for fish, see turtles, turkeys, fox, songbirds and extra.

Wave to a Stranger

There are such a lot of pleasant faces on Desk Rock Lake. Nothing brings me extra pleasure than seeing everybody smile, wave and assist native! You possibly can join with them on the Table Rock Lake Facebook Group as nicely!

Desk Rock Lake Map

Discover all the things talked about above and extra on this interactive map.

Did I miss one thing? In that case, go away it within the feedback under! 

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