Lake Taneycomo – A History

Dockside on Lake TaneycomoIt happens all the time. When people that come from somewhere else and spend time with us dockside we get some very similar questions. Is this a lake or a river? What river are we sitting alongside? Why do they call this a lake when it looks like a river? We thought this would be a good place to explain some of the mystery of the picturesque and river (or lake) in Branson, Missouri.

Main Street Marina on Lake TaneycomoHistory of Lake Taneycomo

Lake Taneycomo is a man-made lake or reservoir created from a section of the White River in Taney County Missouri. The name of the river comes from that county that it is located in. From the early 1900s to 1958 the lake was a warm water lake.  Once Tablerock Dam was completed in August 1958, the source of Lake Taneycomo came from the bottom of Tablerock Lake. From  that time onward, the lake has remained a fairly constant 50ish degrees. As you can imagine, with this change, swimming near the Rockaway Trout Fishing on Lake TaneycomoBeach area declined and many of the tourists wanting to get into the water instead moved toward other activities in Branson. Swimming in a cold water lake just wasn’t desirable.

Fishermen soon found that the chilly waters of Lake Taneycomo became a premier location for Trout fishing. Whether you prefer fly fishing or other methods, you will be hard pressed to find a more suitable location to catch Trout. With the completion of the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in 1957, Lake Taneycomo became one of the best year-round locations for Trout fishing. No matter the time of year, it is rare to find the lake deserted of fishermen.

The best of a river and lake aspects are included in Lake Taneycomo.  It has become a terrific location for fishing, hiking, boating, sightseeing, and many other activities.

Dine with us in luxury on the Landing PrincessSee it all Unfold at Main Street Marina

The beauty of the Ozarks comes to life at Main Street Marina! Get off the dock and out on the water with Main Street Lake Cruises. Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises give you an opportunity to see the history as it unfolds in front of your eyes while one of our Captains tells you about the lore of the area.

If you just want to get out by yourself or with a few close friends or family Main Street Water Sports Rentals may be just what you’re looking for. We can get you on a Paddleboard, Hydrobike, Kayak, or Craigcat Motor Boat, to get around the lake in the manner you would prefer.

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelIf you are looking to stay on the dock, check out The Paddlewheel. There is always something fun going on for you to enjoy with family and friends. Check out our amazing menu. Great food made for you in our scratch kitchen and delicious drinks created by our bartenders are there at a moments notice. Our friendly staff is ready to  show you a bit of that Ozark hospitality that has become so popular.

If it’s nightlife you are after come out and Rock The Dock as many others do every evening as The Paddlewheel becomes Branson’s LARGEST Nightclub! There is no better place in the area to unwind!

Don’t just take our word for it. Come out and see for yourself why everyone is talking about this amazing spot on Lake Taneycomo. The spot where locals come and visitors always want to come back to. We look forward to seeing you!



Lat’s Get The New Year Started – 2019 at Main Street Marina

2019 at Main Street MarinaWhat an amazing New Year’s Party we had at Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel! DJ Valence rocked the Princess while DJ’s Rob and Scott really made the Dock Rock! Everything was packed and we had an amazing time. The photobooth took more pictures than it ever has, and everyone seemed to stay right through the champagne toast at Midnight. It was probably our largest party of thePacking The Paddlewheel on New Years Eve year. Nothing like bringing in 2019 in with a bang!

We couldn’t have had much better weather on the Dock, between all the firepits and the body heat it was quite comfortable.

Looking Forward to an Amazing 2019

We are really looking forward to what the new year holds. Just because the first couple of months might be a bit slower doesn’t mean we will be holding back on the things that make it amazing to be At Main Street Marina!

We love the locals at The PaddlewheelDuring the week, at the Paddlewheel, we have Open Mic Night on Wednesday Night. On the weekend we will always be on the lookout to bring the best entertainment that the area has to offer. In addition, until March 1st, if you mention that you are a local you will receive  20% off your tab at The Paddlewheel. We really appreciate your business, so while many of our industries may The Landing Princess at Main Street Marina and Main Street Lake Cruisesbe slower, we want to try to make it a little easier on your budget. It’s our way of saying thanks for making The Paddlewheel the most popular spot to be in Branson!

Main Street Lake Cruises will kick off in March. Check out our calendar to see all of the great events that are going to be offered for you to take advantage of. There is no better way to see the Ozarks than from one of our amazing sightseeing or dinner cruises. If you have any questions feel free to contact us or give us a call at 417-239-3980. Our professional representatives will be happy to assist you. Tickets for the specialty cruises book quickly so make your reservations today!

We hope your new year has started as spectacular as ours and we can’t wait to see you on the dock!



It’s Been a Great Year – Let’s Throw a Party

The Landing Princess at Main Street Marina and Main Street Lake CruisesOh what an amazing year 2018 has been! From all of us at Main Street Marina, we would like to thank you for coming to spend some time with us on the Dock. Being locally owned and operated we take pride in seeing so many people catch a reflection of the area atmosphere and what that looks and tastes like.

Main Street Lake Cruises and Watersport Rentals

Thousands upon thousands of people have come to party on Lake Taneycomo with Main Street Lake Cruises and Main Street Marina Water Sports.  There is no better way to Dine with us in luxury on the Landing Princesswitness the beauty of the Ozarks unfolding before your eyes than along the waters of the White River Basin. Whether it be on a sightseeing excursion on the Lake Queen or an opulent dinner cruise aboard  The Landing Princess, our staff takes pride in making the experience one that you will never forget. We strive to give you experiences that you will reflect upon fondly for a lifetime. We have really enjoyed getting to know the people on the cruises and group charters that have been hosted over the last year.

Our water sports rental dock at Main Street Marina saw so many individuals and families that wanted to get out on the water on a more personal basis. With hydro bikes, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and the speedy Craigcats available, many folks were able to use the option they wanted to get out on the water.

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelThe Paddlewheel

This last year has brought many people to The Paddlewheel as well.  Where scratch local cuisine and hand-crafted cocktails come to life; bringing you the best of the Ozarks all right here to you overlooking the beauty of Lake Taneycomo.

Rock The Dock at The PaddlewheelThe Paddlewheel has not only become one of the best places to sample local fare but it has also become the largest nightclub in the area. Rock The Dock has become a showcase of the best talent from the region with plenty of dance floor for you to get out on it and shake that groove thing. You can feel the excitement in the air each night while the dock moves to the beat of the music.

New Year’s Eve is Time to CelebrateNew Years Eve at Main Street Lake Cruises

We are so excited about the coming year, we have decided to throw two parties for New Year’s Eve. One on the water and another on the dock!

On The Princess, we will board at 8:30 pm and set out on a late night cruise to bring in the new year with style. DJ Valence will be there to bring the music you are going to love! There are gourmet snacks and a full-service cash bar for your pleasure. Don’t forget the champagne toast when the clock strikes 12.  These seats are limited so make sure you contact a representative today and reserve your spot today!

New year's Eve at The PaddlewheelIf you want to stay on the dock, we have your party going on at The Paddlewheel!

DJ’s Rob and Scott will be spinning the music and there will be tons of dance floor to get down! We have provided a special menu that features amazing gourmet cuisine made for you by our Chef in our specialty scratch kitchen. A special drink menu has been prepared by our mixologists that will help you bring in the new year just right. Don’t forget great local beers and a fully stocked bar to bring your favorites your way! We will also watch the Ball drop in New York as well from the Big Screen! it feels just like being there.

Let’s bring in the new year with a bang! We are looking forward to celebrating it with you! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us today!


We Got Your Lake Attitude Right Here!

Main Street MArina is on the banks of Tablerock LakeThink back to a time when you got out of your car after a long week and looked out at the waterfront for the first time. The wind blowing softly carrying your cares and agenda out with the breeze. That first refreshing breath of air that you draw as you step onto that beach or walk Lake Attitude Required at Main Street Marinaalong the dock. We bring that feeling to you every day of the year. You know that feeling. That is your “Lake Attitude” descending upon you.  In addition, there are so many ways you can catch that feeling at Main Street Marina. We’d like to take a moment and tell you about them.

On or Off the Dock Fun!

Whether you are on the dock or want to get out on the water, we have your Lake Attitude in mind at Main Street Marina. Do you want to get out on the water? We have every detail covered for you with Main Street Lake Cruises or Main Street Marina Water Sports Rentals. At Main Dine with us in luxury on the Landing PrincessStreet Lake Cruises we have several options for you and your group. Take a beautiful luxurious dinner cruise aboard our 100-foot opulent yacht The Landing Princess. Our staff is trained to bring you the most amazing experience as our Chef prepares a delicious meal for you. It’s going to be a special experience you, and those close to you, will remember for a lifetime.

The Lake Queen at Main Street Lake CruisesClimb aboard The Lake Queen, and see the scenery the way they did back when paddleboats were rolling along the White River area in days gone by.  This two-hour sightseeing cruise gives you the opportunity to take in the beauty of the Ozarks while our Captain shares with you all the history of the Lake Taneycomo region. You will feel as if you stepped into history while our expert staff makes sure you have everything you need.

Both vessels have full-service cash bars that are fully stocked with spirit, wine and beer. Have a specialty handcrafted cocktail made to perfection by our bartenders.

If you want to have an unforgettable business meeting or party we have you covered at Main Street Lake Cruises. Contact us and our professional representatives will help you tailor the perfect occasion for you.

Main Street Marina Water Sports RentalsIf your idea of relaxation involves getting out on the water by yourself or with those close to you, we have all the gear you might need at Main Street Marina Water Sports Rentals. Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards, Hydrobikes, and the Speedy Craigcats motorboats are available to you. We have different packages available. Whether you have a day or just a few hours, our staff can get you set up with something just right for you.

The Paddlewheel – Branson’s Beautiful Floating Restaurant

Branson's Best Floating Restaurant - The PaddlewheelIf you plan to stay on the dock you won’t be disappointed in the experience, because the Paddlewheel offers the best of everything there is in Branson!  By day you can sit dockside and enjoy an amazing view, and by night The Paddlewheel turns into the Largest Floating Nightclub the area has to offer.

Choose from an amazing menu prepared by our Chef, or a delicious cocktail prepared by our Mixologists. Why would you have to choose – Just have both!

Rock the Dock at The PaddlewheelWhen the sun goes down we know how to Rock The Dock! We bring the best entertainment from the region to you every weekend and most weekdays. You will get the best DJ’s and bands Enjoy the warm fire pits on the dock at The Paddlewheelright here at The Paddlewheel. Don’t worry if it’s cold there are several fire pits in the area, and if it rains we have plenty of room inside.

Regardless of where the party is there is always tons of room on the floor for you to dance the night away. We know how to bring the party to you!

If you have a special event, we take reservations! We want to make sure you have exactly what you want while you are in the area. Just contact us and we will set you up right! Feel free to call us at 417-239-1324 to make those reservations.

Gifts For All Occasions

If you are interested in giving the gift of “Lake Attitude” we can help you with this as well. Regardless of where you are, you can give this gift to anyone that is coming to town or lives here locally. All the locals find their way to Main Street Marina. Contact us or check our gift pages for details.

That Lake Attitude awaits you and we can’t wait to see you!

Locally Owned and Operated – Main Street Marina

Main Street Marina on Lake Taneycomo When you come to the Branson Landing you are going to see a lot of great shops, attractions, and restaurants. You are also going to realize, as you walk along the Landing, that you have seen most of these concepts elsewhere. These corporate locations are probably duplicated in many Main Street Marina is Locally Owned and Operatedplaces throughout the country. If you are looking for something representing “Local Flavor” when you come to Branson then you need to look no further than Main Street Marina. Do you want what you have seen before when you come on vacation? Locally Owned is a badge we wear with pride because we are very proud of the place where we live.

Local Flavor

Main Street Marina is located on Lake Taneycomo in Branson, Missouri and is the home of Main Street Lake Cruises and The Paddlewheel. It’s hard to find a better representation of Ozarks beauty than on Lake Taneycomo. When you are in Branson we invite you to take advantage Our Professional staff aboard te Princessof that amazing view from our docks while you are here. Whether you are at our dockside restaurant or on one of our sightseeing or dinner cruises, we know that you will see the best the Ozarks has to offer. We feel fortunate to have this scenery around us always changing every day of the year.

A delicious salad served aboard the Landing PrincessFamily means different things to different people, but in the Ozarks, we take the concept of caring for others very seriously. We are proud of our staff because they truly enjoy getting to know people as they take care of them. We are excited for you to get to know them.

Our food is prepared fresh in our specialty kitchen and we take pride in making each dish for you on our cruises or at the restaurant. Our desire is to make your taste of the Ozarks linger in your memories for years to come.   There is something delicious for everyone right here by the Lake.

Local Talent

Live Music at The PAddlewheelThe musicians and entertainers in this area have a very distinct flavor that represents the culture of the area. We work hard to make sure that special flair is represented in the live entertainment we bring to you. In the evenings The Paddlewheel turns into the largest nightclub in the Branson area, and we know how to Rock The Dock! The Paddlewheel has become the go-to spot for the best talent in the area. In addition, there is a ton of dance floor for you to help rock this dock!

Rock The Dock at The PaddlewheelWe also give the locals an opportunity to jam on Wednesday nights with our Open Mic Night! It’s a great night to hear some of the area’s musicians and performers showcase what they enjoy. It’s fun for those performing and those coming out to watch and spend time with friends and family.

It’s All Right Here

Main Street Marina is the place to find an original experience that is fun for everyone. If you come alone, chances are you will meet like-minded people and you’ll have a great time. The locals flock here as well; this is a positive sign for us. You know it’s a great place if the locals come here often. We look forward to having you join us and we will help you find that “Lake Attitude”.

Come out and join us – You won’t want to leave.