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Table Rock Lake

Frequently Asked Questions

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 Where is your office located?

We are located just south of the Table Rock Dam, accross the parking lot from the Dewey Short Visitors Center, at 4600 State Highway 165, Branson, Missouri. Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

Mailing Address:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Table Rock Project Office
4600 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616-8980
Phone: (417) 334-4101
Fax: (417) 334-4169

 How can I obtain a map of Table Rock Lake?

A color map of Table Rock Lake is available, free of charge, and can be obtained at either the Project Office or at the Dewey Short Visitor Center when open. You may also download an electronic version: Table Rock Lake map (PDF).

Project Office Phone:  (417) 334-4101
Dewey Short Visitor Center Phone:  (501) 340-1943

 What is the current lake level?

You may call (417) 336-5083 for a computer generated voice message of the current lake level or visit

 Is there a power generation schedule available?

Yes. The Southwestern Power Administration has estimated generation schedules available. You can view their schedule at HERE.


 How can I make a reservation for a campsite or picnic shelter at a US Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Area on Table Rock Lake?

The National Recreation Reservation Service is open year round to book your next stay on Table Rock. You can contact them toll free at 1-877-444-6777, or online at You will be required to pay for your entire stay when you make the reservation. Reservations cannot be made within two days of your expected arrival date, or more than 180 days in advance.


 Do I have to pay a fee for day use activities at US Army Corps of Engineers’ Recreation Areas?

Yes. All developed recreation areas on Table Rock Lake charge an area use fee of $5 per car or $2 per person if walking into the park. The area fee is charged to anyone entering the park to utilize the facilities except for registered campers and marina customers that remain in the marina lease area.

Visits are FREE for America the Beautiful federal parks pass holders including the Senior/Golden Age and Access/Golden Eagle.

Corps annual day use area passes are good for unlimited visits 12 months from the date of purchase and are honored at all 400+ Corps of Engineers lakes nationwide.

American the Beautiful Passes can be obtained online at with a $10.00 processing fee or at the Dewey Short Visitor Center when open. 


Corps Annual Day Use (all ages): $40.00

America the Beautiful Passes 
Annual: $80.00
Lifetime Senior (62+): $80.00
Annual Senior (62+): $20.00
Lifetime Access (permanent disability): FREE
Annual Military (Active Duty, Veterans and Gold Star Families): FREE
Every Kid Outdoors (4th grade, FREE

Corps annual day use passes can be obtained during open hours of the Dewey Short Visitor Center or by phone at (501) 340-1943.


 How can I receive a visitor information packet?

You can contact the Table Rock Lake Project Office at:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Table Rock Project Office
4600 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616-8980
Phone: (417) 334-4101
Fax: (417) 334-4169


 Do I need to purchase a fishing license to fish on Table Rock Lake?

Yes, for more information on fishing regulations visit the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission websites.


 What other attractions are in the area?

You can discover the wide variety of attractions available in the area surrounding Table Rock Lake by visiting the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & Convention & Visitors Bureau at


 What does the auxiliary spillway do?

It provides additional capacity for the release of floodwaters during extremely large and rare catastrophic flood events. The new spillway would only be used during extreme emergencies when lake levels exceed elevation 937 feet. By that time, the existing spillway gates would be fully open and much flooding would have already occurred.


 I'm planning an event on Table Rock (i.e. fishing tournament, family reunion, charity events, etc.). Do I need to contact anyone or get any special permits?

Yes. If you are planning an event of any type on Table Rock Lake waters or public lands, you must submit a Special Events Permit. For more information, you may contact the Project Office at  501-340-1950 or


 How can I become a volunteer on Table Rock Lake?

Volunteers are always welcome on Table Rock Lake. To see if any volunteer positions are available, or add your name to a waiting list, please contact the Table Rock Project Office at  501-340-1950, or visit


 May I place a dock on Table Rock Lake?

Yes. It is possible, if certain criteria are met. The Table Rock Lake Shoreline Management Plan approved in 1976 and last reviewed in 1996 regulates placement of docks. Boat docks are permitted only in areas designated for limited development use. A first step would be to visit the Table Rock Lake Project Office, where one may view maps showing the limited development areas. These areas make up approximately 10 percent of the shoreline. While at our Project Office, one will be able to determine if a dock could be placed in the area desired. At that time, one will also be able to learn other specifics regarding boat dock placement or visit our webpage on Shoreline Management.


 How many boat slips can I own on Table Rock Lake?

The number of slips allowed on Project Waters is limited to two per family unit.


 What can I do on government property between my residence and the lake?

No modification of the government property is allowed without a permit. One can request permission to make a footpath to the lake, remove small brush, and mow on government property. The first step is to fill out an application for vegetation modification to conduct the desired activities and then mailing or presenting, in person, the application to the Table Rock Lake Project Office. The next step is a site inspection by a ranger who will help determine the limits of the permit and answer any questions one may have. When the landowner receives the approved vegetation management permit, it is only then that one can modify public land. There are some activities expressly prohibited on government land such as burning, using a vehicle, placing of personal property, and the use of chemicals. Also, one may not trim or cut trees (live or dead) unless the Project Office has granted permission.


 How can I obtain a no wake buoy for my boat dock?

These buoy permits may be obtained through the Missouri State Water Patrol. For more information about the Missouri State Highway Patrol and to acquire a buoy application go to


 Why was Table Rock Dam built?

Table Rock Dam was constructed primarily to reduce the risks of flooding, to create hydroelectric power and water supply.


 Why was the dam named “Table Rock”?

The originally chosen site for Table Rock Dam was located at Table Rock Mountain. Further geologic surveys revealed this site as unstable and therefore unsuitable. The site was changed to the present location, but the name “Table Rock” was retained.

 Where is the power generated here used?

Electricity generated here at Table Rock Dam is used to meet peak energy demands. Table Rock is a link in a chain of power producing stations that provide about seven million end-use customers in six states (Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas) with power to meet peak demand periods. The Southwest Power Administration is our governing agency and it sells and delivers this power to about one hundred electric cooperative systems in these six states.

 What projects are included in the Little Rock District?

The Little Rock District includes the White River Basin; the Arkansas River Basin up to the Oklahoma border; and the Little River Basin in southwest Arkansas.


 Are there other Corps of Engineers Lakes in the area?
Here is a list of some of the closer Corps of Engineers Lakes in the area of Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas:

Stockton Lake - Stockton, Missouri            Beaver Lake – Rogers, Arkansas
Harry S. Truman – Warsaw, Missouri         Norfork Lake – Mountain Home, Arkansas
Pomme de Terre – Hermitage, Missouri     Bull Shoals – Mountain Home, Arkansas


 How do the four local Corps Lakes compare in size?

Bull Shoals is the largest, followed by Table Rock, Beaver and Norfork Lakes.


 Why is the water in Lake Taneycomo so cold?

The water used to turn our generator turbines is drawn from Table Rock Lake at a depth of about 140 feet. Sunlight is unable to penetrate the water to that depth to warm the water. The water at that depth is about 45 degrees year round.

 What river was dammed to make Table Rock Lake?

The White River. The White River originates south of Fayetteville, Arkansas, flows Northeast in an arc into Missouri, then Southeast again back into Arkansas. It empties into the Mississippi River in Desha County, Arkansas. The White River drains 28,000 square miles in Missouri and Arkansas.

 Where are the dams on the White River?

There are four dams on the White River:

Beaver Dam is the most upstream of the dams and is located near Beaver and Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Table Rock Dam, downstream from Beaver, is located near Branson, Missouri.

Ozark Beach (Powersite) Dam, operated by Liberty Utilities, is located at Powersite, near Forsyth, Missouri.​

Bull Shoals Dam is located near Mountain Home, Arkansas and is the last dam on the White River.

Norfork Dam, on the North Fork River, near Mountain Home, is often considered part of the White River system.

 When were the dams on the White River built?

Ozark Beach (Powersite) Dam is the oldest dam on the White River, built between 1911 and 1913, forming Lake Taneycomo.

Bull Shoals Dam was next, built between 1947 and 1951.

Table Rock Dam was built between 1954 and 1958.

Beaver Dam was built between 1960 and 1966.

Norfork Dam, though not actually on the White River, is often considered with the White River Dams. It was built between 1941 and 1944.

 Which of the dams is the biggest?

Bull Shoals Dam is the 5th largest concrete dam in the nation, containing 2,100,000 cubic yards of concrete. It is 2256 feet long and 256 feet above the riverbed.

Norfork Dam contains 1,500,000 cubic yards of concrete, rises 216 feet above the riverbed and is 2624 feet long.

Table Rock Dam contains 1,230,000 cubic yards of concrete, has a 1602 feet long concrete section (total length including the earth embankment is 6423 feet) and rises 252 feet above the riverbed.

Beaver Dam contains 780,000 cubic yards of concrete, is 2575 feet long and 228 feet high.


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Contact Us

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Table Rock Project Office
4600 State Highway 165
Branson, Missouri 65616-8980 

Phone: (501) 340-1950 (Project Office)
             (501) 340-1943 (Visitor Center)
Fax: (417) 213-4809