Ozark Mountains beckon, golfers, anglers & outdoor enthusiasts during Hot Winter Fun

The Branson/Lakes Area offers a multitude of wintertime experiences for anglers, golfers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. With three pristine lakes: Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals; 100,000-acres of parks, forests and conservation areas; 10 championship golf courses; mild winter climate and a variety of lodging, dining and live entertainment options, the Branson/Lakes Area offers a diverse vacation experience in January, February and March.

The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau has organized the 11th annual Hot Winter Fun marketing cooperative to help visitors learn about activities available during the winter.

Golfers can play 363 days a year in Branson and choose from among 10 championship courses. These courses offer both scenic and challenging design with sweeping mountain vistas and scenic hillside terrain. Some of the holes have actually been chiseled right out of the rocks. Pointe Royale Golf Resort and Thousand Hills Golf Resort are two of the courses open during Hot Winter Fun. Golf pros are standing by to offer private instructions during Hot Winter Fun.

The winter months offer some of the best trout fishing of the year on Lake Taneycomo. Several area outfitters, marinas and fishing guides provide the supplies, equipment and know-how to make a wintertime fishing trip one to remember. Anglers can enjoy many peaceful 55-degree days of catfish, bass and crappie fishing on Table Rock Lake between January and March.

Outdoor adventurers can enjoy the GPS sport of geocaching in the Branson/Lakes Area. Log on to www.geocaching.com for the coordinates to dozens of cache locations in the area. In addition to all the terrain and wildlife you’ll see while geocaching, you can take advantage of more than 220-acres of Branson city parks, 2,000 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails and 3,000 miles of canoe/kayak accessible rivers, streams and creeks.

From November through March, bald eagles nest on the soaring bluffs overlooking Table Rock Lake. Turkey vultures, unique to the Table Rock Lake area, are often photographed by visitors as well.

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