20 Issues to Do on Desk Rock Lake

Issues to do on attractive Desk Rock Lake in southwest Missouri – a detailed 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 a phenomenal place to reside or go to! Identified for its clear water, it boasts virtually 800 miles of shoreline and a variety of issues to do.

Do you know? Desk Rock Lake was created as a leisure lake to manage 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 lots of 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 recollections with our household! This contemporary lake home is the proper house for us, with nice views, an idyllic location and the proper 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 children, in addition to our favourite suggestions 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! The truth is, 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’ll be able to find out about Missouri fishing regulations right here and Arkansas fishing regulations right here.


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 mountaineering at Dogwood Canyon and on the Ruth and Paul Henning Conservation Space.

Bounce Off the Rope Swings

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

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

Bounce off a Cliff

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

Please observe this exercise comes at a danger. 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. Lots 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!

When you’re at it, take a look at my assortment of one of the best Boat Snacks to take for a day on the water!

tubing on table rock lake

Water Sports activities

The lake is a superb place to learn to water ski, tube, surf, knee board, wake board and extra! Objects will 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 at all times a spotlight on the lake, however the sunsets are past breathtaking! You’ll be able to drop your boat at one of many many public entry ramps, hire a ship or take the Branson Belle, Catamaran, Goin Jessi or Girl 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 website 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 Seashore

  • Moonshine Beach (free) – sit back on a scorching summer time day and let the youngsters play within the sand and swim on the seashore on Desk Rock Lake. They provide altering rooms, picnic shelters and restricted parking. It’s at all times a favourite with the kiddos! Positioned 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’ll be able to go to the Dewey Quick Customer Heart and get a detailed up view of Desk Rock Dam by automotive or boat! There’s a complimentary dock and small seashore close by. It’s additionally linked to a number of trails which are excellent for a simple stroll or bike trip!

Catch a Boat Present or Regatta

  • The Classics Cruisin’ Boat Present is at all times a good time! You’ll be able to catch them at numerous locations throughout the lake or watch them cruise! It’s at all times 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’ll be able to take pleasure in video games and cocktails waterside. You’ll usually discover reside music, however you’ll at all times discover a good time. Go forward and pull up a swing on the bar!

Search for Seashells

Whereas nestled in the course of the nation, you will discover an abundance of seashells alongside the shoreline! Considered one of 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


Just a few 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
  • Massive 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 purchasing 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 Massive Cedar to expertise a beautiful waterfall up shut.


Deliver your personal or hire a kayak at State Park Marina, Stillwaters, Massive Cedar or the resort you’re visiting. It’s a good 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 a large slide.


The lake is enjoyable above and beneath 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. Guide 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 selection of nice locations to swim at Desk Rock Lake. Go to a seashore, discover a quiet cove or perhaps a energetic 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’ll be able to join with them on the Table Rock Lake Facebook Group as nicely!

Desk Rock Lake Map

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

Did I miss one thing? If that’s the case, depart it within the feedback beneath! 

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