|Cross Timbers Cabins and our Rainbow Haven Resort are situated centrally between three of Missouri's best lakes for sport fishing. Each with its own specialty. All three, Lake Taneycomo, Bull Shoals Lake and Table Rock Lake were formed as reservoirs on the White River. Our Cabins are literally seconds away from the public boat launch and public fishing pier and docks in Rockaway Beach on Lake Taneycomo. Bull Shoals is about a 10 minute drive east in the down stream direction. Table Rock Lake is about a 15-20 minute drive west in the upstream direction.|
Lake Taneycomo is a cold water lake which receives its water from the Table Rock Dam. The water flowing through the power plant of the dam is drawn form the deeper cold water of Table Rock Lake. This makes Taneycomo's water ideal for the rainbow trout and brown trout the Lake is known for. Additionally, a state operated trout hatchery at the headwaters continually deposits rainbow trout in the lake. All other species of native fish are also present in the lake so the variety is abundant.
|Bull Shoals Lake is the next lake downstream and begins at the Powersite Dam near Forsyth (about 10 minutes from Cross Timbers Cabins and The Fisherman's Hide Out cabins) Bull Shoals is a huge lake that extends far into Arkansas. Being near the headwaters, this part of Bull Shoals is great in the spring for schools of spawning fish, namely White Bass which travel to the headwaters streams of Swan Creek at Forsyth, and Beaver Creek about 7 miles downstream in the Lake. Walleye are also common immediately downstream of the dam for the first 5-10 miles.|
Table Rock Lake is immediately upstream where the Table Rock Dam at Branson creates this areas premier recreational lake. Known nationally as one of the best bass fishing lakes, Table Rock is also well known for large crappie. Tournaments and guide services abound on this lake along with many full service marinas and boat rental businesses.
|This trout was recently caught in Lake Taneycomo and then released again. They measured it but didn't think to weigh it. The Missouri Department of Conservation estimated it at over 20 pounds which would have been a state record. They have also said that they have identified world record fish in the lake during fish surveys.|