Taneycomo was formed in 1913 after the completion of the Powersite dam, across the White River. Prior to that time the White River ran freely from its point of origin in the Boston Mountains approximately 735 miles to the Mississippi River. Taneycomo was named after Taney County Missouri or Taney Co Mo.
Taneycomo is 23 miles long running from White River Mile Marker 506.1 to 528.8 at the foot of Table Rock Dam. It has over 52 miles of shore line and covers over 2050 surface acres. When it was originally formed, it was a warm water lake which was ideal for bass and crappie fishing and other activities such as swimming and waterskiing. The small town of Rockaway Beach, located on one of the widest spots of the Lake soon became one of the premier vacation destinations in the Ozarks, much more so than Branson at that time, but all of that dramatically changed with the completion of the Table Rock Dam and the formation of Table Rock Lake in 1958.
Taneycomo is the only lake that flows north. The benefits of kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding on this lake are the fact that it acts more like a river. Especially when they open the gates at Table Rock Lake Dam. We can launch your party just below the dam. Pick up points are located at Cooper Creek or The Branson RV Park.
While on Taneycomo, be sure to explore the many creeks that feed into the lake. If the current is moving, you can find refuge in these creeks to take a break along the way and do some fishing or nature watching. Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery is located just below the dam at Table Rock Lake and produces nearly 400,000 pounds of trout each year. Fishing for Rainbow and Brown trout can be very rewarding and is something you can do from a kayak or canoe.