Whether you live near the Ozarks or you’re planning to travel there for an upcoming family vacation, there’s plenty to do there to keep you occupied.
One place that you definitely have to visit in the Ozarks is Table Rock Lake. With nearly 800 miles of shoreline, Table Rock Lake offers clean, clear water and beautiful views of the surrounding Ozark Mountains.
But, what are the main highlights of the area?
Check out this guide on Table Rock outdoors to discover the top places to get away and explore.
1. Go for a Swim
As we just mentioned, Table Rock Lake boasts hundreds and hundreds of miles of shoreline.
This means that it’s time to grab your swimsuit and towel, as the area has several wonderful beaches for you to take advantage of. Here are some of the best areas for swimming that you should check out:
In addition to being a great area for swimming, Cape Fair is also a marina that offers boat rentals. Here you can rent paddleboards, pontoons, ski boats, and fishing boats. You can also rent tubes and skis for those looking to try out some water sports.
The Cape Fair area is also known for having some great fishing. And, after a long day on the water, you can grab a bite to eat at the Dockside Cafe and Pub.
Moonshine Beach is another great swimming area. The beach is surrounded by beautiful oak and hickory trees, and if you come here in the springtime, you’ll get the chance to watch the redbud and dogwood trees bloom.
This is also a popular area for hiking, and right next to the beach you’ll find the popular 2.25-mile Table Rock Lakeshore Trail.
Keep in mind though that parking at the beach is limited, so it’s best to carpool here. Additionally, there’s a $5 fee to access the beach.
In addition to being a great place for swimming, Baxter is also a full-service marina that offers the largest pontoon rental fleet in the area. Each pontoon you rent from Baxter is fully-equipped with a gas grill, stereo, and model outboards suitable for wakeboarding and tubing.
You can also head to their marina store to stock up on drinks and snacks.
Aunt’s Creek is another beautiful spot on Table Rock Lake for taking a dip. In addition to swimming, the area also offers camping spots and boat docking.
After swimming in the beautiful and clear waters of Campbell Point, you’ll have to head to their famous ice cream shop, Skinny Dip Ice Cream. This shop is known for serving the best hand-dipped ice cream in the Table Rock area.
Campbell Point is another great area for renting boats and going camping.
2. Go Fishing
Table Rock Lake is known for being one of the best places to go freshwater fishing in all of Missouri.
Some of the fish you can expect to catch in this lake include:
- Smallmouth and largemouth bass
- Spotted bass
- White crappie
If you don’t have your own fishing boat, you can easily rent one from the Long Creek Marina. Or, you can take a private fishing tour with a guide. Additionally, if you’re a competitive fisher, you can take place in one of the many tournaments hosted on the lake throughout the year.
3. Hop Aboard The Showboat
One of the biggest highlights of Table Rock Lake is easily the Showboat Branson Belle.
This vessel, which is themed after showboats from the 1800s, takes guests on a 2-hour cruise around the lake. While admiring the stunning views of the lake, you’ll be served a three-course meal.
This is the perfect activity for when you need a break from lounging on the lakeside or swimming.
4. Go Camping
Table Rock Lake is the perfect spot to set up camp for those really looking to immerse themselves in the Ozarks.
There’s nothing more peaceful than camping on the waterfront and falling asleep to the water lapping up against the shore. While there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from in the area, two of the best ones are Old Highway 86 Campground and Table Rock State Park Campground.
Both of these areas offer water, electric, and sewer. You’ll need to reserve a spot to camp here and pay a small fee.
5. Go Scuba Diving
When you think of great places to go scuba diving, a lake in Missouri probably isn’t the first place that comes to your mind.
But trust us, diving in Table Rock Lake will offer you an experience unlike any other. There are several dive shops in the area that offer guides and gear. When diving, you’ll get the chance to see freshwater fish, natural formations, and more.
6. Hit the Trails
Once you’ve had enough of the water, then it’s time to hit the trails around Table Rock Lake.
As we mentioned earlier, the Table Rock Trail is definitely worth checking out. However, there are other great trails in the area such as the Chinquapin Trail and the White River Valley Trail System.
While the Chinquapin Trail is just 1.5 miles, the White River Valley Trail System offers 11.5 miles of trails, and it features several different hiking loops so you can modify your hike.
Just remember to bring the proper gear with you for hiking in the Ozarks!
7. Dewey Short Visitor Center
Last but not least, make sure you save some time to check out the Dewey Short Visitor Center.
The visitor center is home to awe-inspiring murals, captivating Native American artifacts, and interesting historical facts about the Ozarks. This is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to beat the heat!
Table Rock Outdoors: Are You Ready to Explore?
As you can see, there’s a lot that’s worth exploring in the Table Rock outdoors.
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