I was excited to find a resort on Table Rock Lake that had an indoor pool (it's the only one I know of). They also listed lots of activities for kids and seemed very friendly on the phone. Our actual experience was less than we had hoped for, however.
My family has been coming to the area for almost 50 years - averaging at least one visit every year. One of the reasons we enjoy returning is because of the friendliness of the locals. Lately (with kids) we've been staying in Branson to take advantage of the preponderance of indoor pools - allowing our kids to swim in all types of weather since we come during all four seasons. I've missed the days when I was a child that our family stayed on the lake and fished. We always had very friendly hosts at every resort at which we stayed. That was, unfortunately, not the case at the Tribesman.
I suspect that the owners are the elderly people we encountered. They need to step down and retire - somewhere other than the resort. They are the most sour, unfriendly people we have ever encountered in the Table Rock / Branson area in all the years we've been coming. You'd think if people hated their job so much, they'd quit and/or hand it over to others. Unfortunately, the younger people to which they might be passing the business are not much better. In fact, there was only one employee that was friendly - a man we only knew as "D" who worked on the dock.
Besides the sour faces and behavior, my mother was treated like she was stupid when she asked a question of the (younger) woman at the front desk. Also, a (younger) worker at the dock (not "D") treated me like I had never seen a boat before (I'm 40 years old and have been fishing since I was able to pick up a rod and reel). He also tried to tell me that fishing licenses cost something other than what I just paid online a few nights before - like I didn't know what I paid or something. The worst, though, was the unprofessional nature of a particular conversation my wife happened to overhear.
My son and I were at the office reserving a boat. He is very active and talkative because of his ADHD (or whatever it is) and also just because of his nature. Anyway, he was mostly just being friendly with the woman at the front desk while we were setting up the boat. Apparently, after we left the office to head to the dock, she called down to the dock hand on her walkie-talkie to have him get the boat ready. Unbeknownst to her, my wife and other son were on the dock. My wife said she "warned" the dock hand that a boy with "special needs" was coming down and that he was acting crazy and constantly talking. After my son and I arrived, the dock hand, when he wasn't treating me like an idiot, was very rude to my son. Admittedly, my son was excited about going in the boat (like all boys his age) and was in the way as the man was explaining things. There was no reason for him to be that rude, however.
There are other good and bad things about the resort, but the unprofessional, unfriendly nature of most of the employees really ruined our stay there. Regardless of the features it offers, we will not be returning to the Tribesman.
For those of you still considering it, however, here are some other pluses and minuses:
+ five pools, one indoor
+ two boat docks
+ campfire with free food on Saturday nights
+ free boat rental special (seasonal)
+ free danishes and drinks on Sunday mornings
- older rooms are musty (spraying with air freshener helps)
- water is rusty/metallic smelling and tasting
- they seem to have a lot of rules - with consequences
To be fair, they do have newer (more expensive) units if you like, and the first two negatives would probably not be an issue in those units. The excessive number of rules and nature of the consequences of disobedience made us feel as though we had to be careful with everything we did or we'd get charged for it. I'm still waiting to hear if they're going to charge us because we didn't empty the trash can in the dumpster when we left.
There are too many resorts close to Silver Dollar City and the lake to waste time with the Tribesman. The indoor pool is certainly not worth dealing with the personnel. Go elsewhere and enjoy some of that famous Ozark hospitality!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.