It's National Fishing and Boating week June 1-8... 2 Jun 2014, 9:53 am
|Sunrise on Table Rock Lake|
And Table Rock Lake was named in the top 10 Family Friendly Places to boat and fish in the USA. I thought this might be a good time to ask White River Lodge co-innkeeper and full time fishing guide, Bill Babler of White River Outfitters, his Frequently Asked Questions. Bill's been a fishing guide/captain now for almost 25 years, long before we had the lodge. While most of our couples are here on a getaway to enjoy Table Rock Lake and the Branson area, we also have guests that are interested in a guided fishing trip. We offer guests of the lodge $25 off a guided fishing trip with Bill. Some are first timers to fishing and others have enjoyed the sport for some time. Bill even makes breakfast when the fishing requires an early departure time. While WRL caters mostly to adults, we do have The Pond Suite that will comfortably sleep four and is a good fit for families or friends traveling together. Sometimes we have family or friend groups that book all the rooms and use Bill's guide service for those interested in fishing. He can even get some of the other fishing guides when the group fishing exceeds three. We also have parking room for guests that bring their own boat. There's a Corp. of Engineers park (Old 86) to launch at about 1.5 miles from the lodge. For those that like to rent a boat to enjoy other water sports, there are several marinas to choose from with the closest being Bass Pro's Long Creek Marina on Table Rock Lake. You do not have to be staying at White River Lodge to hire Bill for a fishing trip.
Here's some of his FAQ:
Q. I want to go fishing, but have not fished in years, will I still catch fish and have a good time?
That eliminates a lot of bad habits you might have acquired if you fished more frequently. We are most happy to take folks of any level of fishing experience. Exception being fly fisherman. We saw the movie, A River Runs Through It and would like to do that. We as guides can put you on fish, but you must have a rudimentary knowledge of fly casting and presentations to be successful. Fly fishing lessons are very reasonable and they allow you to be prepared to catch them when your with the fly fishing guide.
Q. Where do we go fishing?
That depends on what you want to catch. We have a world class trout fishery here, Lake Taneycomo, below Table Rock lake dam, in which you may catch and if you wish, keep your limit of stocked rainbow trout--the guide will clean and package them. For Bass fishing, it's magnificent Table Rock Lake which is 110 miles long--we fish the area that gives the best chance of success for your trip. We are completely catch and release on Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Kentucky Bass. We will make arrangements with you on where to meet or pick you up for your fishing trip.
Q. What are we to bring on the fishing trip?
Generally as little as possible. Whatever you wish to eat or drink on the tour and clothes appropriate for that day fishing. Most always a light rain or wind breaker outfit. Sunscreen and sun glasses are also a good idea. I always carry bottled water and extra rain gear on the boat for the number of clients on board. All your bait and equipment is furnished and tailored to the type of fishing you'll be doing that day.
Q. Do we need to have a fishing license and do you have life jackets?
Yes, you will be required to have a fishing license unless you are over the age of 65 and a Missouri resident. If trout fishing however you will be required to have a trout stamp regardless of your age. Children under the age of 15 will only be required to have a youth trout stamp if they are trout fishing. Daily fishing licenses are available for out of state folks for $7 per day and a trout stamp is also required for trout fishing. You may purchase them in the area or online. We have a Federal Captain's license, insurance, and all the appropriate safety equipment on our boat. Your safety is our number one concern.
Q. How many people can we take on the fishing tour?
I like to keep my groups small, no larger than 3 fisherman. The boat will usually catch a certain number of fish whether we have 3 clients in it or a dozen. (Kind of like 6 persons eating out of the same dinner plate, somebody is not going to get as many bites.:) We do have enough professional area guides to accommodate a group of any size, so instead of crowding a boat, it is better to fish 2 clients per boat for greatest success.
Q. What's the cost of a guided fishing trip? Are children the same price as adults, and are non-fishermen that just want to ride considered as clients?
Pricing is based on one-two people and a third person is extra. Currently we do not charge more for children that we do for adults, but the thought has entered our mind. We love to see the kids, but they are by far the most time consuming and hardest clients for your guide. We also stress that when a child is done fishing, it is pretty much time to go to a different activity. We like to keep all our younger clients on the water no longer than 4 hours. For children under 10 it has been our experience that after they catch several fish they tend to seek other entertainment. It is always good to bring another toy or sitting activity for them. The non-fishing clients are also part of the charter.
Q. What will we do with our fish?
We hope you return them to the water, but if you chose to keep your catch (within state law) we will clean and bag the fish for your consumption. We will clean the following fish: non-trophy rainbow trout less than 18", crappie, white bass, walleye, catfish and bluegill. All German Brown Trout and Bass regardless of size will be immediately after a picture taking session be returned to the water for future generations to have the joy of catching.
For more information or to book a fishing guide trip check out the fishing info page on the lodge website or Bill's fishing guide website, or give us a call.
New Places to Eat near White River Lodge and Table Rock Lake, Blue Eye 25 May 2014, 3:32 pm
Back the other direction from UU on 86E one mile before you cross over Long Creek bridge is Twin Island Market and Restaurant. The diner is now under new ownership. Yes, there's still Friday night catfish and a Saturday night special and they're open for lunch most days, too.
White River Lodge Rocks Spring 6 May 2014, 2:14 pm
|New entrance to White River Lodge|
Come enjoy our new rocky landscaping and all that Spring has to offer in the Branson and Table Rock Lake Area. Here at our bed and breakfast lodge we've removed some trees and have added river rock and then BIG rocks from our property to line the driveway. There's a new colorful metal sign at our entrance and we'll put our cedar log sign at our lower driveway. Knockout rose bushes, Green Giant pine tress and deocrative grasses have been planted along the drive as well. Mother nature has been doing her part--filling in the trees with leaves, flowers, singing birds, blue skies and warmer weather. Come relax on our decks and watch the action. Save 10% on a two nights or 15% on three nights in May (Memorial Day Weekend 10% on three). For more outside experiences try Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, State Park, Table Rock Lake dam and visitor's center, Showboat Branson Belle, Silver Dollar City's Blues and BBQ festival, ziplines--there's a new one over Taneycomo, boat rentals, golf, fishing for bass or trout (save $25 on a trip from the lodge).
Where is White River Lodge and Blue Eye, Missouri? 26 Feb 2014, 12:20 pm
|Big Cedar Cove|
|Spring at the lodge|
Close out Winter or Runaway this Spring to White River Lodge on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri 15 Feb 2014, 8:16 pm
ExploreBranson.com for Winter and Spring schedules. Ten miles west of the lodge is Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon enjoying Ozark nature. Eclectic Eureka Springs, AR is 35 miles. Now if all this Ozark water makes you think of fishing, you've come to the right place, co-innkeeper, Bill Babler of White River Outfitters, has been an area fishing guide for over twenty years. Let him guide you for bass on Table Rock Lake or trout on Taneycomo. You'll save $25 on a fishing trip when staying at White River Lodge. We're happy to provide you information on wherever your getaway takes you. Right now we have winter and spring specials running on two or more night getaways. Go to our website, take a look at our five different rooms to find the one that will meet your needs--Couple's Cove, Foggy River Room and Long Creek all have king-size beds and are for two people only. Lakeshore has two queen size beds and is for up to three adults. The Pond Suite is our biggest room with two bedroom--it's great when traveling with extra adults or children but couples that like lots of room or are staying for a longer time, like it too. Click on the Check Availability button or Book It button to go to our reservation system for pricing/rooms for your dates. Keep us in mind for a group booking too.
The Great Ozark Outdoors from White River Lodge 30 May 2013, 4:45 pm
White River Lodge overlooks Table Rock Lake two miles off 86 highway on the south side of the lake a mile after crossing Long Creek Bridge (UU to Ozark Hollow Road). Many of our guests enjoy all the outdoor activities during these spring, summer, and fall months.
I'm often asked, "do you have a swimming pool?" No, BUT I have a lake--with the re-opening of Old 86 Corp. of Eng. park a swim in beautiful, clean Table Rock Lake is only a mile away. Borrow chairs, beach towels, and swim noodles from us and go have some economical fun in the sun ($4 per car park fee). For sand underfoot and probably a few more people, there's Moonshine Beach between Chateau on the Lake and the dam. For faster fun, bring your own boat/jet ski or rent one from a nearby marina--Bass Pro's Long Creek Marina is nearest us and they are also in the process of building an eating place. DiMonaco's Resort on the other side of the bridge has opened the Boardwalk Cafe which can be accessed by water or land.
Take a scenic 10 mile car drive to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park, a White River Lodge guest favorite (pictured above). This wonderful park has multiple ways for all ages to enjoy the park--walk or bike the paved path or take guided tram, segway, jeep, or horseback tours. They also are building some new facilities that will include a mill and restaurant but enjoy the outdoor cafe until then. A mile further west on 86 is the turn-off for the Kanakuk Christian sports camps and Persimmon Hill Berry Farm. Follow the "bear" signs to enjoy blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and more. Pick them yourself or buy already picked fresh, frozen, or made into something yummy products (also used for breakfast at WRL). Persimmon Hill now has an air-conditioned area to purchase and enjoy muffins, pancakes, lunch, drinks and desserts.
Ziplines made an appearance in Branson a few years ago and now there are several to choose from--the newest goes across Taneycomo to the Branson Landing. Speaking of Taneycomo--this cold water lake that looks more like a river has excellent trout fishing. Husband and fishing guide, Bill Babler, takes folks fly or spin-cast fishing from his Phoenix Bass Boat. If your a bass fisherman, he'll take you out on Table Rock Lake instead. Stay at White River Lodge and get $25 off your fishing trip.
If you're in the area for several day or come here often, you may wish to take a day trip to Eureka Springs, Harrison, Low Gap, or Bentonville, AR. White River Lodge will be happy to share information, dining spots, and directions to help you enjoy your Ozarks outdoor vacation.
BBIM Celebrates 25 years with a bonus for Bed and Breakfast fans! 6 May 2013, 8:39 amAbout 10 years ago Bill and I joined the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Missouri (BBIM) as aspiring innkeepers. While we had already started the process of building a lodge B&B, we found BBIM's professional guidance very helpful. Then in May of 2004, we attended an aspiring innkeeper's workshop in Springfield, MO on "Bed and Breakfast Inns and Outs". Gary Blankenship of Walnut Street Inn started out the workshop with what it takes to be an innkeeper and then sessions followed on planning and zoning requirements, safety, advertising, legal issures, food preparation, financing, budgets and taxes--I still have that notebook (the three ring binder type). A year from that workshop we opened White River Lodge and a month later after having met the requirements and having our BBIM official inspection and overnight stay, we became full members and joined around 100 other professional BBIM properties whose innkeepers welcomed and supported us by sharing their experiences, wisdom, and recommending us for lodging, too.
A lot has changed in those ten years mostly due to the internet but BBIM has kept up with those changes while continuing to promote its members as a "Better Way to Stay". Now be our guests and get a 25% bonus when you use a BBIM gift certificate at a member inn before April 2014. For procedures and requirements on obtaining a bonus voucher on a BBIM gift certificate or purchasing a new one, go to the BBIM website--you won't even have to listen to a sales presentation. And all member inns love to redeem BBIM gift certificates--no commissions.
Are you green when you travel? 12 Apr 2013, 7:23 pm
Earth Day is April 22 but we should take care of our beautiful earth everyday. Lately, I've been receiving emails from directories wondering if we are a "green" business (and of course would you like to take our survey and be promoted as such, etc.) Our log lodge is very green with its building material being dead standing beetle-killed timber, harvested and cut into D-logs, flooring, and beams. They're naturally energy efficient as well. Inside, our kitchen cabinets are made from recycled warehouse roofing and interior doors from barn rafters. We also have Missouri cedar log (renewable resource) bedroom furniture. Of course, we chose these things to fit our design but the "green" aspects are nice too. Building the B&B from scratch, we were able to choose energy efficient windows, HVAC, appliances and water saving toilets and fixtures. But what about my guests, they're on vacation--should they be green too? Though certainly not a requirement, we have found most of our guests care at home so also care on vacation. They reuse towels and sheets, turn off lights, TV when leaving, and recycle cans and plastic bottles or bring their own re-useable bottles just like at home. I have found if it's a habit, it's easier to do all the time. During the hot dry summer, I got started emptying the leftover ice water from glasses at breakfast into a bucket in my sink so we could use it to water plants outside. Now, I automatically look for the bucket. I still have plenty of bad habits but we all can change some to good. Enjoy Earth Day--there's plenty of ways to renew and save. My new Reservation Key booking program has been saving me time and if you stay at White River Lodge for two or more nights from April 21-30, enter promo-code "Earth" and it will take $25 off your online reservation.
Spring Break at White River Lodge and Branson Lake Area 12 Mar 2013, 10:04 am
|March Sunrise at White River Lodge|
Take those winter boots off and put some spring in your step! Here's some note worthy possibilities for your spring fling in the Ozarks:
- Trout or Bass fishing. For guide service White River Outfitters
- Dogwood Canyon Nature Park only 10 miles from the lodge--check out their specials
- Silver Dollar City has a new huge fast wooden roller coaster.
- Ziplines, Caves, Track Parks, Trails, Dewey Short Visitor Center, Mini Golf, Shopping
- Wineries, Copper Run Distillery, Macadoodles, Restaurants with live music
- High rated Golf Courses: Branson Creek, Murder Rock, Payne Stewart
- 30+ Branson Live Shows--some with meals
- Branson Scenic Railway, Duck and Dam Tours, Museums, Lake Cruises
- In Arkansas--Eureka Springs shops, Tiger Sanctuary, War Eagle Mill, Low Gap Cafe, Crystal Bridges Museum.
Here at White River Lodge wake up to a beautiful sunrise over Table Rock Lake. Your coffee is ready to take to the deck and a homemade hot breakfast is not far behind! For added attractions--There's birds at the feeders (new arrivals daily), squirrels (you can have one), new Lazy Boy Spa (58 jets), outside wood fireplace (smores), picnic table, fitness room with sauna, pool table, ping pong, darts. WRL has Spring rates and an extra 10% off a three or four night stay to save you some green. Check out our new reservation system to choose your room and any add-ons to complete your trip under the Special Discounts tab. For those that can only get away for two nights, from March 24 to April 14 "Book" two nights in the room of your choice then enter "Fling25" into the Promo Code box for an extra $25 off your 2 night stay.
Fine Dining near Branson and White River Lodge 4 Feb 2013, 12:38 pm
Need a good restaurant to celebrate a special occasion...here's a list of Branson area fine dining establishments that are open in February 2013 for your enjoyment. Dress-up or casual, many of these restaurants have menus and specials posted on their websites. Most suggest you make a reservation especially on holidays and weekends.
Less than 10 minutes from White River Lodge is Big Cedar's Worman House. They are open for dinner daily from 5-9:30. It has a great view (you can even see our lodge) and there's live music. They are also opening Top of the Rock for just Valentines Day (2/14) for a special dinner-must make reservations. 417-335-2777
College of the Ozarks' Keeter Center, 14miles from the lodge off Hwy 65, is open 4-8pm M-Sat. It's beautiful log building and elegant dining room offers live music provided by the students. They offer a quality menu but there are no alcoholic drinks.
Level 2 Steak House is open at the Branson Convention Center (16 miles from WRL). They're open 5-10 on Valentine's Day and 5-11pm on the weekends. 417-243-3433
Rocky's Italian Restaurant located near the Branson Landing is open 11-9pm and for Valentine's Day and that weekend, they're offering their Prime Rib dinner for two $29.95. 417-335-4765. Another local Italian restaurant off of Green Mountain Drive is Florentina's open 11-8:30pm 417-337-9882
One of Branson's newest restaurants is the Cosmopolitan Bistro and Wine Bar. Open until 10:30pm on Friday and 12am on Saturdays. Live Music. 417-335-6035
Back on Table Rock Lake near the dam is the 4 starred, Chateau Grille. 417-334-1161
Now, if you need fine lodging, please consider our Table Rock Lake log lodge just 15 miles SW of Branson. White River Lodge prepares and serves a "fine" hot breakfast each morning and breakfast, drinks, snacks, desserts and our well-appointed common areas are complimentary with your stay. Get even more for less with our special winter rates.