- Published on Wednesday, June 05 2013 8:26 PM
Written by Jessica Covert
Posted by Mark Ruda
Fun in the Sun at Moonshine Beach and Table Rock Lake
If you’re visiting the Branson area, there are three pristine lakes that provide hours and hours of entertainment on the water. The most popular and most visited is Table Rock Lake with its opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, and other water sports. Part of Table Rock Lake’s opportunities for fun includes Moonshine Beach.
Moonshine Beach is a recreational area maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many people don’t expect to find a sandy beach among the Ozark Mountains, but Moonshine Beach is just that. Moonshine is the largest sand beach in southwest Missouri and is near the luxury resort Chateau on the Lake. It lies in a cove like area on Table Rock Lake and adds to the numerous activities available on Table Rock Lake. Moonshine Beach features picnic tables, food vendors, a boat launch ramp, showers, flush toilets, a large pavilion, and a kids playground. The beach is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and requires a payment of $5.00 per carload daily usage fee. The pavilion is available for rental.
Moonshine Beach is also minutes away from Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery , as well as the newly opened Dewey Short Visitors Center. The famed Highway 76 is also only minutes away from the beach.
Some people visiting the Table Rock Lake area are looking for thrills, and there are multiple marinas where you can find them. If you’re staying in Branson, What’s Up Dock, Port of Kimberling Marina, and Baxter’s Boat Dock are within an hour’s drive. Water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing are just some of the options that are available to vacationers enjoying Table Rock Lake’s pristine waters. Boat operators on Table Rock Lake are required to take a boating safety course and carry a Water Patrol issued card that proves that the course was taken and passed. For vacationers, a temporary 30 day permit can be obtained without the boating safety course. To take an online course, visit www.boat-ed.com/mo. In addition to the opportunities for thrilling water sports and other fun on Table Rock Lake, there are many different lodging options near the lake. Cabins, campgrounds, cottages, condos, hotels, resorts, RV parks, and vacation homes are available for your convenience. The Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of Branson’s peak tourist season, and visitors are flocking in from all over the United States and the world. Make your lodging reservations in advance so that your room will be ready upon your arrival. Some of the lodging near the lake has private boat docks for your convenience if you have a boat you are bringing with you. For more information about lodging, dining, and entertainment close to Table Rock Lake, visit the Table Rock Lake Chamber of Commerce website at visittablerocklake.org.
When you plan your Branson vacation, check out the Table Rock Lake area. There are a number of unique dining, lodging, and entertainment options within reach of the lake area. Your family can easily find something to do. Moonshine Beach is one of those great ways to enjoy the sand and surf without traveling too far from home. Check out Table Rock Lake and Moonshine Beach for your summer vacation.