The US Army Corps of Engineers Dewey Short Visitor Center is located 6 miles west of US Hwy 65 on Missouri State Hwy 165 at the south end of Table Rock Dam. The center is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily March through December and Tuesday through Saturday in January and February.
The visitor center has exhibits about the White River Watershed, local habitats, Table Rock Dam, and the US Army Corps of Engineers as well as several interactive exhibits including maps, power generation and water safety. It also features an overlook which allows visitors to view Table Rock Lake, the dam, and Lake Taneycomo from one viewing deck. The center shows a 20 minute film entitled, "Taming of the Riviera Blanche". This film is an introduction to the Table Rock Lake/White River area and details the construction and purpose of Table Rock Dam.
If you arrive by boat, take advantage of the courtesy dock that is located on the visitor center grounds. On the grounds, you may enjoy picnicking or fishing along the shoreline. Don't forget to make use of the beautiful Table Rock Lakeshore Trail, which is located adjacent to the visitor center parking lot.
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For a break from the fast pace of the shows and amusement parks, I take my family to the Dewey Short Visitor Center and to the hatchery. It's nice for the kids to wander around and learn about the building of the dam and all the history. It's a really nice visit and we are always glad we stopped in.