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Theme parks, music shows, shopping malls and other attractions can quickly fill a family’s vacation schedule. Many Ozark mountain country guests and residents make sure there’s time to fully enjoy the area’s “wilder, wetter” side. After all, three large, pristine lakes are nestled close by to provide a wide variety of exciting outdoor adventure. Numerous spring-fed rivers and streams roam through nearby hills and hollows for people who want to get especially close to nature. Memorable trips can be easily arranged for canoe, kayak or jonboat floats through the region’s famed wooded, flowered hills and hollows. Floaters will notice bustling wildlife, from squirrels to whitetail deer to wild turkey.

Dynamic Table Rock Lake, secluded Bull Shoals Lake and trout-laden Lake Taneycomo offer a wide variety of water sports and related activities amidst the forested hills surrounding Branson. Avid fishermen have been streaming here from around the world with tackle and boats since the lakes were formed more than 50 years ago. Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake feature heavy populations of sport fish including crappie, walleye, catfish, bluegill and three varieties of bass. Taneycomo is well-recognized as one of the top trout streams in America for filling hefty stringers of rainbows and browns.