A beautiful stretch of crystal clear blue water, spanning around fifty thousand acres, Table Rock Lake is a reservoir that winds through the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas and southwestern Missouri. A favorite vacation spot for outdoor lovers of all types of activities, it has become a major tourist attraction of one of the hottest tourist destinations in the United States, Branson, Missouri. People from all over the United States come to the area in order to camp, boat, and fish. It is also a perfect spot to enjoy all sorts of water sports activities, including jet skiing, tubing, scuba diving, and swimming. There is no dearth of things to do or see in this place.
Impounded by the Table Rock Dam, which was constructed on the White River by the U. S. Corps of Engineers in 1954 to 1958, the original purpose of the reservoir was to control flooding on the White River, which also flows through Missouri and Arkansas. It had already been established as a prime ground for fishing and recreation as early as the 1930s. However, flooding from the White River had constantly devastated the area. Following the Flood Control Act of 1943, the dam was constructed and the overflow of water from the White River filled the man-made lake now known as Table Rock Lake. The overflow from this reservoir spills downstream into Lake Taneycomo, the cold water of the reservoir creating a trout fishing environment for the lake.
As Table Rock Lake is a big fishing area, a lot of fishermen are attracted to the place. Moreover, the lake boasts a wide variety of fish in abundant supply. Some of these fish include bass, catfish, white bass, crappie, and bluegill. An aggressive fish management program has also been implemented in the area, seeing a resurgence of smallmouth, Kentucky, and largemouth bass of exceptionally large size. This has led to even more fishermen flocking to this site, and not just professional fishermen, either, but pleasure-seeking fishermen as well. Many national fishing tournaments are held every year.
Surrounding the lake are lands for public use, which draw plenty of people who enjoy nature and hunting. Not only is the scenery exquisite, but portions of the Mark Twain National Forest are located on these lands. Table Rock State Park also borders the shoreline of Table Rock Lake. With all its attractions, recreational activities, and natural scenery, the reservoir and its surrounding areas has plenty to offer everybody who wishes to visit this place.
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