Branson, Missouri is a city built on music and entertainment. While the parks, campgrounds, shops and over 50 performance centers may attract many a visitor to this bustling midwestern city, less-known attractions do exist, and call those who are willing to take the plunge. Just east of the hustle and bustle of Branson is Table Rock Lake. In those waters exist often unseen, yet abundant, varieties of life forms and landforms for divers to enjoy during their next vacation. Scuba diving in Table Rock Lake offers Branson vacationers something not everyone gets to experience.
Table Rock Lake is teeming with life, both above ground and underwater. The lake depths offer gigantic catfish, beautiful and friendly long-ear sunfish and even rare, tiny, freshwater jellyfish. Bass will swim right up to scuba divers, checking out what all the commotion is about. Looking for some crawdads? Just flip a rock and they will scurry out from under. There are plenty of creatures to exchange glances with, and they are as interested in you as you are in them.
On top of the wildlife, there are also some popular sites with interesting landforms and features to see on your adventure.
Zebulon Pike is a site that features a sunken double-decker excursion boat. The boat is 90-feet long and in approximately 75-95 feet of water. It gets dark that deep, so you need a flashlight. And if you’re a novice scuba diver, you may want to try a few other sites first.
The Saddle is a ridge that runs east across the main channel of the lake. Depths reach 90-feet, but you can stay in shallow waters for most of it. There are narrow spots with visible drop-offs on either side, which allow for awesome topographical views.
Then there is the Enchanted Forest, a rock bluff that is 1 to 2 miles north of the dam. This site is a must-see, as your 65-foot descent brings you to a grove of moss-covered oaks, some so tall they break the surface. The foliage is home to plenty of fish and other lake creatures, so keep your eyes peeled. Get close to look for the fish and snails, or swim back a little and take in the spooky, beautiful silhouette of the trees. Scuba diving gives you views like no other.
If you have never been scuba diving, or are new to the sport and wanting a group dive, check out Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina in Ridgedale during your next vacation to the area. The staff organizes daily SCUBA outings you can reserve in advance.
Bluegreen Vacations has resorts or or close to Table Rock Lake and near Bass Pro Shops Long Creek Marina. The Falls Village is located in Branson, while Bluegreen Wilderness Club at Big Cedar® and The Cliffs at Long Creek are situated on Table Rock Lake in Ridgedale. If you're staying at Wilderness Club, ask about SCUBA opportunities at Bent Hook Marina on the Big Cedar Lodge campus where you enjoy user privileges. All of the Bluegreen Vacations resorts offer the ultimate in convenience, including proximity to Table Rock Lake for scuba diving lessons or excursions. You’ll even have enough time to make it to Branson for a live music show.