Table Rock Lake is an artificial lake or reservoir in the Ozarks of southwestern Missouri and northwestern Arkansas. The lake is impounded by Table Rock Dam (located 36.595374°N 93.311137°W) constructed from 1954 to 1958 on the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
It is a popular attraction for the nearby town of Branson, Missouri. There are several commercial marinas along the lake, and Table Rock State Park is located on the east side, both north and south of Table Rock Dam. Downstream from the dam, the Missouri Department of Conservation operates a fish hatchery, which is used to stock trout in Lake Taneycomo. The cold water discharged from the dam creates a trout fishing environment in the lake.
The lake derives its name from a rock formation resembling a table at the small community of Table Rock, Missouri on Highway 165 about a mile and a half downstream from where the dam was built.
The lake area temperature varies according to season:
Spring: 56 to 77 °F (25 °C)
Summer: 85 to 90 °F (32 °C)
Fall: 71 to 82 °F (28 °C)
Winter: 42 to 47 °F (8 °C)
Dam and Outlet Measurements
Length of dam: 6,423 feet (1,958 m)
Length of concrete section: 1,602 feet (488 m)
Maximum height of dam above stream bed: 252 feet (77 m)
Concrete in dam: 1,230,000 cubic yards (940,000 m3)
Earth in embankment: 3,320,000 cubic yards (2,540,000 m3)
Length of spillway: 531 gross feet
Spillway crest gates size: 45×37 feet
Outlet conduits size: 4×9 feet
Dam elevations above mean sea level
Top of dam: 947 feet (289 m)
Spillway crest: 896 feet (273 m)
Lake elevations above mean sea level
Top of flood control pool: 931 feet (284 m)
Top of normal pool: 915 feet (279 m)
Surface area of lake
Flood control pool: 52,300 acres (212 km2)
Normal pool: 43,100 acres (174 km2)
Table Rock Dam during the April 2008 flood with all flood gates open
Maximum storage capacity
Flood control pool: 760,000 acre feet (940,000,000 m3)
Flood control pool: 857 miles (1,379 km)
Normal pool: 745 miles (1,199 km)
Power drawdown and dead: 2,702,000
Lake total: 3,462,000
Power generating data
Number of generating units: 4
Rated capacity for each unit: 50 megawatts
Station installed capacity: 200 megawatts
Facilities and State Park
Table Rock State Park provides public access to the lake. Six miles from Branson and located just south of the dam and outlet, facilities include a boat launch and full service marina (including cafe, boat rental and scuba dive shop), campground (including full RV hookups and a yurt), fishing access, swimming access (no beach), picnic area, amphitheater, hiking and mountain bike trails, and dump station.
Area71 is a recreational vehicle (RV) resort, restaurant, and general store on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Missouri. The store and restaurant were completely rebuilt in 2016 with an expanded menu and bait shop. The RV park features views of Table Rock Lake with long term site rental agreements.