The Dewey Short Visitor Center, located just south of Table Rock Dam on State Highway 165, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visitor center offers interactive displays, a 22 minute movie about the purpose and construction of the dam, and viewing decks overlooking Table Rock Lake and Dam. Picnic facilities and a 2.2 mile asphalt surface trail are located on the visitor center grounds. Park rangers will be offering the following interpretive programs and events at Dewey Short Visitor Center during the month of August. All programs are free of charge and no registration is required.
Wednesdays, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., you can find one of our rangers at the overlook off Highway 165, just across the highway from Dewey Short Visitor Center. The ranger will be available to answer questions about hydropower and point out features of the dam and powerhouse. This program will be recurring every Wednesday at this time for the month of August.
Stop by the Dewey Short Visitor Center on Sundays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 11 a.m. to learn from a park ranger about a variety of topics.
On Aug. 5, a ranger will have the water safety trivia wheel out. Give it a spin in the visitor center lobby for a chance to win water safety prizes and learn how to stay safe on the water.
On Aug. 19, at 11 a.m., meet with the ranger at the entrance to the Dewey Short Visitor Center to join in on a small walk. During this walk, you will learn the names of and ways to identify native plants and trees that are around the visitor center.
Finally, on Aug. 12 and 26, at 11 a.m., learn about Table Rock Lake’s dam and the production and benefits of hydropower in the lobby of the visitor center.
Programs on Mondays, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 11 a.m. will be on native animals and water quality.
The visitor center’s old gift shop area by the front desk will be showcasing Animals of the Ozarks exhibit the entire month of August.
On Aug. 6 and 27 a ranger will be present to talk more about the exhibit and displays, the animal skins, skulls and more.
On Aug. 13 and 20, stop by to learn the importance of water quality and how the native animals are connected.
Additionally, on Friday Aug. 17, join us at 3 p.m. for our program, Crafty Critters. Craft your favorite native critter while learning more about the animals of the Ozarks.
On Aug. 11, 18, and 25, water safety programs at 11 a.m. will be held. Learn how to stay safe on and near the water.
On Aug. 25 will have a special water safety program called, ‘Knot’ical Safety. In addition to learning about water safety, learn how to tie some helpful boating knots.
Some programs may be cancelled in inclement weather. For more information or to check the status of a program, please call 501-340-1943.