Lake Taneycomo, located in Branson, Missouri, the heart of the Ozarks, offers a plethora of exciting and fun things to do while visiting. Created by the formation of the Power Site Dam in 1913, this cold water lake is the hub of all that is fun in the Branson area and got its name by creating one word out of where it is located: Taney County (CO), Missouri (MO). Playing at Lake Taneycomo is our favorite pastime, and as such, we have created this list of fun things to do, in no particular order. Boredom is not going to be an issue when you visit this body of water—enjoy!



Stocked with a large selection of bass, both rainbow and trout, Lake Taneycomo attracts world class anglers by the thousands every year. Locals know the secret to catching the delicious trout that make their home in these cold waters, using salmon eggs or angleworms as bait while drifting the flies along the top of the water.



Peaceful and tranquil, the waters of Lake Taneycomo are practically without current when the Table Rock Power Plant isn’t generating power, and are the perfect place for an afternoon of communing with nature as you quietly paddle your rented kayak across its borders.


Cooper Creek Resort and Campground

Summer nights are made better when spent sleeping under the stars, and there is no better place to do this than at Cooper Creek Resort and Campground. Offering full hookups for RV’s and campers, or the opportunity to stay in a charming and rustic cabin, camping in the Ozarks has never been more fun than right here on the shores of Lake Taneycomo.


Branson Landing’s Fountains

Enjoy the musical and colorful water show that performs on the hour, every hour, every day from noon until 10:00 PM Monday through Saturday and noon until 9:00 PM on Sunday. Designed by the same people who created the fountain show at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, this show of geysers and water cannons will appeal to all the members of your party, no matter their age.


Branson Landing’s Shopping

This is the spot to buy everything from apples to zippers! The shops at Branson Landing feature a mix of the normal, the unusual, and maybe even the strange! Souvenirs, books, boutique clothing, and so much more can be yours when you shop in one of the many stores housed at Branson Landing.


Get A Massage at Branson Landing

Vacationing can be a tiring experience, but Orchid Massage, located in Branson Landing on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, offers a chance to get a few minutes to yourself as your aching muscles get to experience a real hands-on treatment!


Farmer’s Market at Branson Landing

The Branson Farmer’s Market features a wide array of local fruits, vegetables, and arts and crafts. Held on Tuesdays at Branson Landing from 3:00 PM to 7:00PM near the Lake Taneycomo Bridge, live entertainment is also provided for your listening pleasure!



Pack up a basket or cooler and enjoy the simpler side of life when you picnic on the shores of Lake Taneycomo. The water is usually too cold to swim in, but wading cools off an overheated body in the hottest months of summer, so after the meal has been consumed, don’t be afraid to dip your toes into the cold lake waters!



The White River Fish House is a wonderful restaurant that floats on Lake Taneycomo, providing scenic views of the lakes and the Ozark Mountains as it provides tasty dishes of seafood, barbecue, and pasta. There are other restaurants in Branson Landing, but this one is the most unique!


Staying in a Sunset Nightly Rentals Vacation Home

Book your Sunset Nightly Rentals vacation home located on the shores of Lake Taneycomo and discover the joys of an Ozarks vacation while you experience all we have listed here and so much more!

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