Winding down through the valleys of the Bostonian Mountains also known as the Ozark Mountains, from Branson, MO to Eureka Springs, AR, Table Rock Lake certainly gets your attention with its sparkling blue water and incredible scenery. With over 840 miles of shoreline and over 100 resorts on the lake, you are sure to find one that fits your families needs.
In October 1954, construction of Table Rock Dam, at Branson, MO, was begun by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to operate during flood periods in conjunction with other lakes in the basin to prevent damages along the White and lower Mississippi Rivers and to provide hydroelectric power. Since May 1957 flood reduction in the White River has resulted from the combined effect of the Table Rock, Bull Shoals, and Norfork Lakes, with Beaver Lake effecting regulation since 1964.Table Rock Dam was completed in August 1958. Table Rock Lake Dam is located on the White River 8 miles upstream southwest of Branson, MO. Table Rock Lake extends 79 miles upstream along the White River. Table Rock Dam is 6423 feet long and consists of a concrete section 1602 feet long and two earth embankment sections having a length of 4821 feet. The dam rises 252 feet above the riverbed, contains 1,230,000 cubic yards of concrete and 3,320,000 cubic yards of embankment. Four 18 foot diameter penstocks convey water to four 50,000 kilowatt generating units in the powerhouse. The first two units were ready for generation of power in June 1959, and installation of units three and four was completed in August 1961.
Table Rock Lake provides a storage capacity of 3,462,000 acre-feet, of which 760,000 are for flood-control and 2,702,000 are for generation of power. The flood control storage is equivalent to a depth of 3.5 inches of water over the entire contributing drainage area above the dam, 4020 square miles. At the top of flood control pool the lake has a surface area of 52,300 acres and a shoreline of 857 miles. The full conservation pool covers an area of 43,100 acres and has a shoreline of 745 miles.
Normal conservation pool is 915 feet above sea level and flood control pool is 931 feet above sea level. For a pdf download of Table Rock Pool history, click here. Table Rock Pool History
For a downloadable pdf Table Rock Lake Map, click here. Table Rock Lake Map