Lake Taneycomo

reservoir in Missouri, United States

Lake Taneycomo is a man-made lake or reservoir on the White River in the Ozark Mountains of Taney County, Missouri. The reservoir is named for the county in which it is located: Taney County, MO. It flows through the city of Branson, Missouri. Tanycomo is the third of four reservoirs on the White River before it enters the Mississippi River. The other three are Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.

Fog rising from Lake Tanycomo



Lake Taneycomo widened out to be a lake with the completion of the Powersite Dam, near Forsyth, Missouri, in 1913.[1] From 1913 until 1958 it was a warm water lake.[2] The United States Army Corps of Engineers completed the Table Rock Dam in 1958.[3] This changed Tanycomo from a warm water lake to a very cold 58 degrees Farenheit (maximum).[2] Gone were the Smallmouth bass the White River was famous for.[4] But it turned Lake Tanycomo into a world class trout fishery.[a][2]

In 1957, the Missouri Department of Conservation constructed the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. It provides between 350,000 and 400,000 pounds of rainbow and brown trout per year, most of which goes into Lake Tanycomo.[6] In 2001, while doing a survey of the lake, Missouri Department of Conservation biologists captured a 36.5 inch long trout they estimated weighed 37 pounds. The trout was promptly released.[2] In 2009, Scott Sandusky, caught the Missouri state record Brown Trout which was 37 inches long and 24.75 inches in girth. It weighed 28.8 pounds and was taken on a spinning rod with 4 pound test line.[7]



Lake Taneycomo is both a river and a lake. The shallow colder water, located near the Table Rock Dam, averages 48 degrees F. Here it resembles a river and allows fishing from the banks of the river.[2] Moving downsteam the temperature of the water gets warmer and the lake deepens to more than 50 feet (15 m) near the Powersite Dam in Forsyth.[8] The current can be very strong when Table Rock dam is generating power. The water temperature also drops.[8] At this time the fishing tends to be very good. All methods of trout fishingfly fishing, fishing lures, and live bait fishing — may be used year-round to catch trout that inhabit the waters of Lake Taneycomo.

Lake Taneycomo offers a variety of recreational activities including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, fishing, boating, and waterskiing. People coming to Lake Taneycomo are able to visit area restaurants, shopping, and shows in the Branson area.

  1. Lake Tanycomo is ranked as one of the top 5 Rainbow and Brown trout fisheries in the world.[5]


  1. "Powersite Dam". Archived from the original on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Fred Pfister, Insiders' Guide® to Branson and the Ozark Mountains (Guilford, CT: Insiders' Guide, 2009), p. 189
  3. Milton D. Rafferty, The Ozarks, land and life (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2001), p. 211
  4. A Paddler's Guide to Missouri, ed. Brett Dufur (Conservation Commission of the State of Missouri, 2013), p. 67
  5. Marv Fremerman, Bass Pro Shops Hunting and Fishing Directory: Outfitters, Guides, and Lodges (Lanham, MD: The Derrydale Press, 2001), p. 41
  6. "Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery". Conservation Commission of Missouri. 2014. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  7. Phil Lilley, (November 21, 2009). "Missouri State Record Brown Trout Caught on Taneycomo". Field & Stream. Retrieved 10 May 2014.[permanent dead link]
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Lake Tanycomo; One of the World's Premier Trout Fishing Lakes". Dream Vacations. 1997–2014. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2014.

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