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Thursday, May 23, 2013
planned residential and resort community, but many boaters take a day or weekend to motor to the island, dock, dine and spend the night, or get a land taxi for a short hop into Eureka Springs. Go to: Holidayisland.com.
B The “quiet side” of the
A Holiday Island, Ark., is a
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lake southwest on Aunts Creek en route to Kimberling City. It’s a Table Rock Lake-style party cove and a spot for people-watching. Those with excess energy climb ashore and ride a cable swing over the water and splash in. Boats and their revelers congregate en masse.
H Port of Kimberling Marina & Resort G “The Swing” is a bend in the
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Rock Lane Marina & Resort, home of Branson Yacht club, offers fuel, boat rentals and cozy accommodations. Boat into the courtesy dock and walk up the drive to Rock Lane Resort and Charlie’s Steak, Rib and Ale. Call: 338-2211. Go to: Rocklane.com
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Ordinary Deli is a hillside cafe with an outdoor deck that offers spectacular views of the lake below. German dinners are specialties. 338-5091. Go to: Altenhofinn.com
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Table Rock Project Ofﬁce and Dewey Short Visitor Center
lake on the western end of Table Rock is popular for its more remote, primitive atmosphere, with calm waters, good fishing, quiet campgrounds and swimming holes. Parks and public-use areas on this end include Baxter, Big Indian, Big Bay, Campbell Point, Viola, Kings River, Viney Creek, Big M and Eagle Rock. Call Table Rock Lake Project Office: 501-340-1950.
is a hot spot for boat rentals, camping, fishing, dining and designated swimming. The luxury hotel, 739-3883, which opened in the spring of 2011, features 39 rooms, including suites. What’s Up Dock? full-service marina, 739-4511, has a store and there’s Coyote’s Dockside Cafe Bar and Grill, 739-4695. Nearby courtesy docks serve the Bearded Clam restaurant. Port of Kimberling Marina office, 739-2315; Water’s Edge campground, 739-5377. Also the site of the annual “Fireburst” fireworks display, held on July 6 this year, and sponsored by the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce. The fireworks are visible from land or water.
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Co., at 22065 Main St., featured in USA Today’s “51 Great Pizza Parlors.” It offers take-out and take-and-bake orders, so pick up a pie on your way home and bake it yourself, if you’re tired after a day on the lake. Call: 272-3507. Go to: Reedsspringpizzaco.com
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Dewey Short Visitor Center moved last year to a newly constructed building at the same location. The center features nature displays, educational programs, walking and biking trails, fish and wildlife exhibits, two levels of observation decks, a gift store and Table Rock Dam Tours. Call: 334-4101. For dam tour information go to: Tablerockdamtours.com.
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C Viney Creek Park, a Corps of Engineers facility on the White River Arm of the lake, has a swim beach, scenic bluffs, flush toilets and campsites near the water’s edge. Area use fee is $4 per vehicle (not applicable to registered campers). Viney Creek offers 46 total campsites and 24 with electricity and water. Call: 271-3860.
Indian Point Park campgrounds and Indian Point Marina are at the end of Indian Point Road, past Silver Dollar City. The wooded park has primitive and water and power hookup campsites. For campgrounds call: 338-2121. The marina offers boat and water accessory rentals. The Indian Point Floating Cafe has indoor and outdoor patio seating and is known for its walleye, which you can have blackened, fried or with lemon pepper. Lakeside resorts abound along Indian Point Road. For marina call: 338-2891. Go to Indianpointmarina.com
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Q Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is the largest trout-rearing facility operated by the Missouri Department of Conservation. Visitors can explore exhibits or take a guided tour to learn about aquatic life and fishing. Memorial Day-Labor Day hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. weekdays in the summer. Admission is free. Bring quarters 76 for fish food dispensers if you want to feed them. Call: 334-4865. R Table Rock State Park and Marina offers camping, picnicking, boat rentals, wave runners, parasailing, scuba diving, bass fishing, a floating café and a 10.25 mile bike trail added last summer. Camping rates ranges from $13-$52 per night. For Marina call: 334-2628.
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Bridge is a favorite jumping-off spot. On the north side of the bridge is the Pizza Hut with a courtesy dock, 858-3554.
D A bluff at the Shell Knob
For campgrounds call: 877-422-6766. Go to: Mostateparks.com
S Long Creek Park has 47 primitive and modern camps. Area use fee: $4 per vehicle (not applicable to registered campers). Picnic shelter fee: $50 per day. Call the Corps of Engineers at 417-334-4101. T Big Cedar Lodge welcomes day visitors and overnight guests to its restaurants, hiking trails, shops and more. Big Cedar’s restaurants, gift shops and live entertainment are tops with visitors. Restaurants include the Worman House, Devil’s Pool, Buzzard Bar, Truman Coffee & Café, Top of the Rock and Frosty’s Ice Cream Truck. Call: 335-2777. Go to: Bigcedar.com U Vintage Paris in Hollister has gourmet coffee, delectable desserts, imported beer and a good wine selection. Live music on Saturday nights. Call: 593-7952. Go to: Vintagepariscoffeeshop.com V Gourmet Grocer is a specialty grocery store with artisan breads, cheese and meats, wine and specialty groceries. Buy a bottle of wine and sit on the deck to enjoy the lake views. New this year is Mary Jane’s Tea Room. Call: 739-1985. Go to: Gourmetgrocerbranson.com
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and the Viola Recreation Area near Shell Knob are tucked into a quiet area of the lake. The marina has fuel, boat slips and a variety of boat rentals. The park has ample campgrounds. Call: 858-6429 for Marina. Go to: Kingsrivermarina.com. Call Table Rock Lake Project Office for Viola: 501-340-1950.
F Cape Fair Park, on the upper James River Arm, has campsites at the water’s edge. There’s a boat launch, dump station, group shelter, picnic areas and marina. 538-4164. Looking for good fishing, dining or lodging. Check out Flat Creek Resort and its restaurant, which has live music and special events most weeks. Try the fried catfish or the onion rings. 538-4822.
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buoys or signs bear the warning: “No-wake.” Frequently they are posted near marinas, docks, piers, Standard Some boat launches and boat docks. Beginning boaters, tourists and even some veteran boaters overlook this law. No-wake speed is idle speed or slow speed to minimize wakes — or waves. Wakes from boats can toss waterway around other moving or docked boats and rip dock ﬁngers, causing major property damage. A point of Avoid running a boat of any size at a speed that throws a large wake near another boat. The markers courtesy: wakes can swamp a small boat, or toss and injure the passengers.
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This ﬂag indicates that a diver is below the surface in the area marked. Stay back 50 yards. This ﬂag indicates a skier is down in the water — watch for skier and give plenty of room. Navigation markers posted along shoreline, correspond with lake maps to aid in way ﬁnding.
is a dinner cruise aboard the 700-seat replica paddle-wheeler boat. Each cruise includes a three-course dinner, show and lake cruise. This year features shows “Made in the USA” with violin-playing aerialist, Janice Martin and a June show featuring pianist Julie McClarey and fiddler Dean Church. Call: Oak 800-888-7277. Go to: Showboatbransonbelle.com
N Showboat Branson Belle at White River Landing
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Nearby Aunts Creek Park is another spot for fishing, family picnics, swimming and camping. Call: 739-2792.
TEXT, GRAPHIC AND PHOTOS BY NEWS-LEADER STAFF SOURCES: ESRI, TELEATLAS, USGS, GRAPHIC BY NEWS-LEADER STAFF ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SOURCES: ESRI, TELEATLAS, USGS, U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
Boats are prohibited in areas so marked.
Warns of danger: it may appear on a buoy or on shore.
Controlled areas and speed limits are indicated inside circle.
Indicates that a boat should not pass between the buoy and shore.
These markers give information such as names, distances and activities permitted.
flagship hotel of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. It features first-class amenities and lodging. Visitors can enjoy the Chateau Grille, the Atrium Café & Wine Bar, the Sweet Shoppe, the Library Lounge or the Downstairs Deli. Chateau on the Lake also houses a full-service marina. Rates begin at $129 per night. Call: 334-1161 or 888-333-5253. Go to: Chateauonthelake.com
O Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa is the
P Moonshine Beach near Table Rock Dam is a day-use-only park and boat launch open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during summer. It includes a sand beach, covered picnic pavilion, treehouse playground, restrooms and showers. Area use fee is $5 per vehicle, group picnic shelter $150 per day. Call the beach office at 417-335-8383.
CAMPING AND RV-ING
The Table Rock Lake area offers acres of commercial and public campsites, many with lakeshore access, modern restrooms, showers, electric/water hookups, dump stations, boat launches and swimming areas. Some have restaurants, too. » Commercial campground fees range from $13 to $46 per night based on level of hookup service and the campground. For a list of commercial campgrounds, visit explorebranson.com. » Table Rock State Park is the 356-acre park along the lakeshore accessed from Missouri 265/165. It’s run by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Facilities include modern restrooms, hot showers and a coin-operated laundry, picnic sites, a sand volleyball court and playground equipment. An open picnic shelter can be reserved by calling the park office at 334-4704. Campsite reservations may be made by calling toll-free 877-422-6766, or by going online at www.mostateparks.com. Campsite fees for May through November 2013: $13 basic, $21 electric (30 max amp), $23 electric (50 max amp), $26 sewer/electric/water (30 max amp), $28 sewer/electric/water (50 max amp). Year-round fees for senior citizens age 65 and older and persons with disabilities: $11 basic, $19 electric (30 max amp), $21 electric (50 max amp), $24 sewer/electric/water (30 max amp), $26 sewer/electric/water (50 max amp). A family electric (50 max amp) campsite is available for $46, it is twice the size of the normal sized campsite. Additional reservation fees may apply and are nonrefundable. A two-night minimum stay on the weekend is required at most state parks. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance or as close as two days before your arrival. Reservations cannot be accepted later than two days in advance of your arrival. Pets must be kept on leashes at all times and are permitted on most hiking trails. Alcohol is allowed at your campsite, but not in parking lots, beach areas and off-road vehicle areas. » The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages campsites in 13 recreation areas
These restaurants have access with courtesy docks or free ground shuttles from shore to door. Hours vary by season, so call ahead. A few don’t open until Memorial weekend. Some have live entertainment on the weekends. » Chateau on the Lake, near Table Rock Lake Dam, 334-1161 or 888-333-5253. Go to: Chateauonthelake.com » Big Cedar Lodge, off Missouri 86, call 335-2777. Go to: Bigcedar.com » Boathouse BBQ, State Park Marina, Missouri 265, call 888-993-2628. Go to: Stateparkmarina.com » Bearded Clam, Missouri 13, Kimberling City. Call: 739-4440. Go to: Thebeardedclamkimberlingcity.com
Some of the most common lake-related injuries are fish hooks in the body; cuts to the feet from stepping on broken glass in the water; severe sunburns; and alcohol-related accidents.
PLANNING TO RENT A BOAT?
JUST IN CASE: NUMBERS TO KEEP
» Medical emergency: 911, dispatcher will determine appropriate emergency service to activate. » St. John’s Urgent Care: 1065 Missouri 248, Branson, 337-5000. » Skaggs Urgent Care Plus: 221 Skaggs Road # 201, Branson, 335-7587. » Water Patrol: 573-751-3333, also for lake medical emergencies as well as non-emergency calls to report reckless operation of a vessel, a theft or general boating questions. The Water Patrol will respond to emergency breakdowns, but the patrol generally does not tow disabled boats.
Marina operators will help you find the appropriate style and size of boat for your needs, and provide a short lesson. Some marinas also rent canoes, paddle boats, personal watercraft, tubes, skis, wake boards and knee boards and scuba and fishing equipment. Rentals vary by marina and are priced by the hour, day or week. Many marinas do not accept checks. Often, the longer you rent, the better deal you get. Boat deposits vary from $200 to $500, which is applied against any damage costs. Some things to consider: » Many marinas don’t allow pets on rental boats.
FOOTWEAR DRINKING FISHING
Wear water shoes in the water. Do not drink alcohol and swim or boat. Be careful when casting a line and look behind you. Wear sunscreen and reapply frequently.
Dennis Humphey sets up his portable satellite dish for his camper trailer at the State Park Marina campground at Table Rock Lake a few years ago.
around Table Rock Lake. Most sites can be reserved by calling toll-free 877-4446777 or go to www.recreation.gov or www.ReserveAmerica.com. Fees are $16 for basic campsites; $20 with electricity; $21 for electricity and water; $23 for full hookups. For details of each site, visit www.swl.usace.army.mil/missions/recreation/lakes/tablerocklake and click on “recreation activities” and then “camping.” » Big Bay Recreation Area, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, offers non-electric campsites for $10 a night, and electric campsites for $18 a night. For reservations or information go to www.reserveamerica.com/. Park information 847-2144.
» Indian Point Floating Cafe, Indian Point Marina, 338-2101. Go to: Indianpointmarina.com » Charlie’s Steak, Rib & Ale at Rock Lane Resort, off Indian Point Road. Call: 888-869-5224. Go to: Charliessteakribandale.net » Pizza Hut, Missouri 39, Shell Knob, 858-3554 » Port Grill and Oyster Shack, Campbell Point Marina, Route YY south of Shell Knob, 858-2540 » Flat Creek Resort Bar & Grill, 7847 Missouri 173, Cape Fair. Call: 538-4802. Go to: Flatcreekresort.com » Koppie’s On the Lake at Cape Fair Marina, off Missouri 76 down Shadrack Road, 538-4164. Go to: Koppiesonthelake.com
Dock attendant Myles McEwen (left) helps Tyler Stoneking and parents John and Annette of Belton with a Wave Runner rental. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO PAY
» Pontoon 12 passenger, $245 to $419 daily » Fishing boat 16-foot, $165 to $250 daily » Ski boat 8-passenger, $295 to $420 daily » Wave Runner/Jet Ski All day, about $380. » Houseboat Up to 12-passenger, about $2,090 to $2,790 for three nights, more for extra days, or larger boat.
* Boat mechanical breakdowns, emergencies: boat renters should call the marina of origin. * Towing services: Sea Tow, 3322211. For boat owners, this is the only commercial boat towing service on Table Rock Lake. It operates on an as-needed basis for boat breakdowns, but annual memberships are also available. For more information, call the number or go to www.seatow.com.
» Try to make reservations two weeks in advance; one month in advance if it is a holiday weekend. » Marinas vary on age requirement to operate boats, from 18 to 21 years old. » Any watercraft operator born after Jan. 1, 1984, must provide a “Boaters Safety Certificate,” proof of completion of a boating safety course. » All fuel and oil costs extra on rental boats at most marinas.
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