Table Rock Dam and State Park – Branson

Trout Fishing

Table Rock State Park is the best in the Midwest, according to readers of  Triple-A’s Midwest Traveler magazine. Check out these fun and free family activities at the lake. There is more fun in Branson than just the attractions on the Strip and Highway 76 – Country Music Boulevard.

The Dewey Short Visitors Center – The Visitors Center is open from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. One of Table Rock Lake’s greatest assets is the Dewey Short Visitors Center and Gift Shop near the dam.

Several interactive nature displays, activities, movies and educational programs are offered free. Fish and wildlife exhibits tell the story of Table Rock Lake and the Ozarks Rivers Heritage. Maps and information about walking and biking trails in Table Rock Lake Park and the Branson area are available here at no charge. Table Rock Dam and Powerhouse – was designed to generate hydro-electric power from Table Rock Lake and serve as flood control for the White and Lower Mississippi Rivers.

The Table Rock Dam Tour is well worth the small cost: Adults (ages 12 & up) $14.50* and Children (ages 6-11): $8.00 *Prices include sales tax. Children under 6 not admitted in the Dam. Order tickets online.

With record amounts of water flowing through the flood gates, now is a great time to take the tour. It is hard to imagine what 68,000 cubic feet of water per second looks like until you see it first hand.

The Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery Don’t miss the opportunity to see the free movie and learn how trout are produced and how the hatchery supports the unending demand for trout throughout the state.

The primary role for this facility is the production of rainbow and brown trout for the Missouri Conservation Department. The hatchery typically produces 301,000 pounds of trout each year, that’s about 1,125,000 catchable trout annually.

The hatchery and conservation center are located on Highway 165 just south of Branson, below the dam at Table Rock Lake.

Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery
483 Hatchery Road
Branson, MO 65616
Phone: 417-334-4865 x Ext. 0

Tours: Free guided hatchery tours are provided at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the remainder of the year, self-guided tours are available. Don’t miss the aquarium filled with trout bigger than you can imagine!

The Moonshine Beach State Park Recreation Area offers swimming, fishing, boating, and water-skiing. From the beach you get one of the best views of  Table Rock Lake and Table Rock Dam. The area is located north of the Shepherd of the Hill Fish Hatchery and Table Rock State Park.

Normally Moonshine beach can be seen from Chateau on the Lake Resort. However, nobody can see Moonshine Beach these days because it is underwater.

The Beach is open from May 1 through September 15. Access to Moonshine Beach should be open by the time school is out and Branson’s vacation season is in full swing. The Beach is located on Table Rock Lake just outside the city limits of Branson, on State Hwy 165.

Moonshine Beach Under Water

Moonshine Beach is the only sand swim beach on Table Rock Lake

Amenities include ADA access, accessible group shelters, beach, boat launch, boat ramp, boat trailer park lot, drinking water, flush toilet, grills, picnic area, playground, sand swimming beach. A special area fee of $4.00 per car is charged.

Getting there:
Moonshine Beach Recreation Area
3778 SOUTH HWY 165
Branson MO 65616.
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):36.60778, -93.31
From Branson, take Hwy 165 to Table Rock Dam. Park is just north of the dam on Hwy 165.

Table Rock Lake is 43,000 acres of pristine waters, limitless water sports, and fishing. Consider camping and cabin stays on your next vacation.

Where to eat
Branson Cafe – Serving Branson great home cooking for 100 years.
120 W Main St.
Branson MO 65616
Phone: 417-334-3021
E-mail: [email protected]

Where to stay
Chateau on the Lake – Branson, Missouri’s only AAA Four-Diamond Hotel, Spa & Convention Center.  “Visit the castle in the Ozarks where excitement reigns, service rules and your wishes are our commands.”

Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center
415 North State Highway 265
Branson, Missouri 65616
Toll free: 1-888-333-LAKE (5253)
Phone: (417) 334-1161
Fax: (417) 339-5566

More about Branson activities and accomodations
Branson/Lakes Area Convention and Visitors Bureau