Shell Knob is a census-designated place (CDP) located within White River Township, Barry County, Missouri. The population was 1,379 at the 2010 census.
The Stone County portion of Shell Knob is part of the Branson, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Located in the Ozark Mountains, Shell Knob was established in 1835 on the banks of the White River when Henry and Elizabeth Yoachum Schell built a trading post. The "c" was left off the name when the post office was established in 1872. The Schells left in 1846 and went on to establish the community of Jacket, Missouri. In 1959, Table Rock Dam was completed and Table Rock Lake filled.
Today Shell Knob is an active lake resort area with a population of more than 1,300.
Shell Knob is located at 36°36′9″N 93°35′55″W (36.602494, -93.598707).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 10.9 square miles (28.2 km2), of which 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.8 km2), or 24.25%, is water.
Shell Knob is located on Missouri Route 39 by Table Rock Lake.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,393 people, 651 households, and 462 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 169.7 people per square mile (65.5/km2). There were 1,022 housing units at an average density of 124.5/sq mi (48.1/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.21% White, 0.36% Native American, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races.