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Lake Taneycomo

In a chain of four man-made lakes which include Arkansas' Beaver Lake; Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake.both of which lie in both Arkansas and Missouri; Lake Taneycomo lies totally in Missouri. With the Army Corps of Engineers' completion of the Power Site Dam on the White River, now privately owned by Empire Electric Company, Lake Taneycomo was created for power generation.

Located in the Ozark Mountains near Forsyth, Missouri in Taney County, Lake Taneycomo covers 2,080 acres with recreational waters best known for maintaining superb quality and sufficient quantities of trophy trout.

The lake is 22-miles long with a 40-mile shoreline, most of which is privately-owned property. Wading-in and fishing from shore is limited to public property in state and city parks along the lake. Additional shoreline fishing is available at any of the many public trout docks available around the lake.

When Table Rock Dam is generating power its exceptionally strong current and decreased water temperature makes the lake behave like a very deep, cold, fast running river, which is when wading and bank fishing for trout is the best. Much care should be taken due to the fast currents.


Lake Taneycomo offers a huge variety of species of game fish in addition to its most prized rainbow and German brown and cutthroat trout. Anglers will also find largemouth and smallmouth bass, bluegill, crappie, carp and more.

Hybrid striped bass were stocked in Lake Taneycomo from 2005 though 2009. Since then, hybrids have thrived well growing up to 24 inches long and weighing as much as 7 pounds!

Lake Taneycomo’s clear cold waters provide the perfect habitat for producing some of the finest trout available in the world. The rainbow trout and brown trout that inhabit Lake Taneycomo tantalize anglers looking for exciting and diverse fishing experiences all year round. Fly fishing is especially popular at Lake Taneycomo.

Lake Taneycomo holds the record for producing two of Missouri's largest fish. In 2009, Scott Sandusky's Brown Trout weighed 28 pounds 13 ounces, and in 1990, James Baker Jr. caught a White Sucker weighing four-pounds 13-ounces.


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    Lake Taneycomo Missouri Coordinates:
36.4155N -93.9384W
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Surface Area:
2,080 acres
Maximum Depth:
51 ft
702 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
4 ft
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Lake Taneycomo welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes to explore the lake's cool, deep waters with a constant temperature all year round.

Plenty of full-service marinas offering boat rentals, boating and fishing supplies, fuel, groceries, docks and mooring slips are easy-to-find around the lake. Lots of public boat launch ramps, equally easy to locate, offer easy access to the water


Lake Taneycomo lodging options include campgrounds, cottages, cabins, motels/hotels, bed-n-breakfasts, country inns, lodges, resorts, log cabins, available around the lake, throughout the parks and in nearby towns.

The Lake Resource Guide offers additional information on lodging and other facilities in the area.


The closest major city to Lake Taneycomo is Springfield. Other nearby cities and towns: Bronson, Ozark, Forsyth, Bolivar, Hollister and Carthage. Lake Taneycomo flows through parts of Taney county.

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