Table Rock Lake

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Table Rock Lake
Aerial photo of Table Rock Dam, lake, and White River, October 2009.jpg
Aerial photo of Table Rock Dam, in Branson, Missouri, which impounds the White River and forms the lake.
Location Missouri / Arkansas
Coordinates 36°34′00″N 93°18′0″W / 36.56667°N 93.30000°W / 36.56667; -93.30000Coordinates: 36°34′00″N 93°18′0″W / 36.56667°N 93.30000°W / 36.56667; -93.30000
Type reservoir
Primary inflows White River, James River, Kings River
Primary outflows White River
Basin countries United States
Surface area 43,100 acres (174 km2)
Max. depth 220 feet (67 m)
Water volume 3,462,000 acre·ft (4.270 km3)
Shore length1

Flood Pool- 857 miles (1,379 km)

Normal Pool- 745 miles (1,199 km)
Surface elevation 915 ft (279 m)
Settlements Branson, Missouri
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

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, constructed in 1954-1958 on the White River by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.[1]

It is one of the popular draws 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 Lake Taneycomo.

Lake air temperature[edit]

The lake area temperature varies according to season:[2]

  • 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)

Lake data[edit]

Dam and Outlet Measurements[3]

  • 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- 45x37 feet
  • Outlet conduits size- 4x9 feet

Dam elevations above mean sea level[3]

  • Top of dam- 947 feet (289 m)
  • Spillway crest- 896 feet (273 m)

Lake elevations above mean sea level[3]

  • Top of flood control pool- 931 feet (284 m)
  • Top of normal pool- 915 feet (279 m)

Surface area of lake[3]

  • 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[3]

  • Flood control pool- 760,000 acre feet (940,000,000 m3)

Shoreline length[3]

  • 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[3]

  • Number of generating units- 4
  • Rated capacity for each unit- 50,000 kilowatts
  • Station installed capacity- 200,000 kilowatts

Flood control[edit]

The original purpose of the reservoir was for flood control on the White River. The dam had been authorized a month earlier under the Flood Control Act of September 3, 1943. The reservoir has a fluctuation of 16 feet (4.9 m). When the reservoir is above the maximum flood pool, excess water goes over the auxiliary overflow spillway at the north end of the dam.


Further reading[edit]

  • "Wake Up to Table Rock Lake", pamphlet available at the Table Rock Dam Visitors' Center