The summer season in our beautiful neck of the woods is a great time to find cool opportunities for relaxation and entertainment. Right along the shores of Historic Downtown Branson we’ve got the coolest spot in the region: Lake Taneycomo.
Even in the heat of summer, the lake stays amazingly cold and creates a zone of “air conditioning” along its shores. Lake Taneycomo became a cold water lake in 1958 following the completion of Table Rock Dam. The dam releases the chilly water from the depths of Table Rock Lake, not from the warm surface of that lake. As a result Lake Taneycomo is a frigid, 48 degrees year-round.
The consistently cold waters create the ideal breeding ground and habitat for trout. Taneycomo now boasts some of the finest trout fishing in the world. But the 23-mile long lake is not just good for fishing. Those year round chilly waters make the air sometimes feel 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding areas … Perfect for summer paddling, wading, kayaking, and yes of course, fishing.
Here are two great places in downtown to rent a boat of almost any size and get everyone out of the hotel or condo for a day, all while staying cool.
Scotty’s Trout Dock (Trolley Stop #1)
400 Boxcar Willie Dr, Branson, MO
417-334-4288 for reservations
Pontoons, bass boats, fishing boats and dock fishing available. Each available rental has a half day (4 hr) rate and a full day (8 hr) rate.
Main Street Marina (Trolley Stop #2)
417-239-3980 for reservations
2 seater Craigcats, kayaks, Hydro Bikes, Stand up boards available for rent by the hour. For those interested in a more relaxing captain controlled ride, take a cruise on one of the 2 most beautiful vessels to grace Taneycomo; a 100 ft modern replica paddle boat the “Lake Queen”, with handicap access, climate control, and fully equipped restrooms; 100ft luxury yacht, the “Landing Princess” with 1.5 hr long dinner cruise, cash bar,glass closed viewing deck, open deck dining option,3 full size restrooms and available wedding event rental complete with Bridal prep suite and private bathroom.