Branson's Dewey Short Visitor Center | Table Rock Lake Dam

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Summer Fun at Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake


Dewey Short Visitor Center  is located at Table Rock Lake Dam on State Highway 165 in Branson MO.


The visitor center, run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is great for all ages.


Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake


There are interactive displays for the kids to learn about how the dam generates electricity.

The park rangers provide programs for the youngsters to learn about water and how it is managed and generating power. Coloring pages are provided on the subject for the kids.

Summer time is water safety at the visitor center discovery room. Lots of families with  boats or rent boats, houseboats, kayaks, from local marinas along Table Rock Lake.

Dewey Short Visitor Center



Displays of how the dam was constructed in the late 1950's to prevent the White River from continually flooding Branson, Hollister and other small towns. 


Dewey Short Visitor Center displays


There was a lot of concrete used to build this dam. 1,230,000 cubic

yards of it!

It's easy to learn how this all was constructed by watching the video  in

 the theater room, and viewing the displays in the visitor center. 


There are also displays of the fish in the lakes and the wildlife in the

area. Bobcats, turkey, wild boars and bears are just to name a few, that

are local to the area.


Bring a snack or lunch and sit on the covered deck to watch the boats

go by. You might even see the Showboat Branson Belle for their

afternoon cruise.

On the Visitor Center grounds is a nature trail that displays various trees and plants .


There are covered picnic areas along the lake and a Table Rock Lake

walking trail to view the lake. It is a 2.2 mile asphalt trail that is easy(no hills). You can take leashed dogs on the trail.

There are benches along the mostly tree shaded trail, but bring your

water bottle! 



This entry is for the Summer Fun Challenge offered to members by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886









Comments (4)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fascinating tour you gave us Dewey Short Visitor Center at Table Rock Lake.  I enjoyed reading all your stats on the dam and how electricity is generated.  This big kid would enjoy seeing this.  A

Jul 30, 2019 02:32 PM
faye schubert

They used to give tours in the dam, but after 9-11 that changed. It is fascinating to know that even 50 years later, they say not ALL the concrete has even cured yet! 

Jul 31, 2019 05:24 AM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Faye.

As you know, I don't live far from there.  Never went inside to see what they are offering.  Next time I will

Jul 31, 2019 02:08 AM
faye schubert

James, this is a fairly new visitor center as it always was very popular. With all the interactive exhibits, it is on our list of where we take our first time visitors to Dewey Short Visitor Center.

Jul 31, 2019 05:25 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi faye schubert awesome post on the dam! We have a dam up in Northern AZ and it was amazing to tour back when one still could.  What a great place for adults and kids a like with all that the Visitor Center offers and Table Rock Lake. Perfect summer activity in Branson MO!

Jul 31, 2019 10:37 AM
faye schubert

thanks! We have so many things to choose here in Branson. I've got an entire series I can do on patriotic themes in Branson.

Jul 31, 2019 12:08 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Faye -  I can imagine that the tours have been tighten up due to terrorism.  We have a dam in Westchester County that is strategic to NYC water and the roads have been blocked off going over it.

Aug 07, 2019 05:48 AM

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