Lake Of The Ozarks, Missouri

Lake Of The Ozarks

Lake of the Ozarks is one of Missouri's most popular tourist destinations. With its 1300 miles of shoreline and crystal-clear waters, it's easy to see why. There are plenty of things to do at the lake, from fishing and swimming to boating and jet skiing. And if you're looking for a place to stay, there are plenty of resorts and campgrounds to choose from. So, pack your sunscreen and get ready for some fun in the sun!


Lake Of The Ozarks
Lake Of The Ozarks - Image Credit Jon Manjeot via Shutterstock 

The creation of the lake was in 1929 and it started with the construction of the Bagnell Dam on the Osage River. The dam was built by the Union Electric Company (now AmerenUE) to provide hydroelectric power to the St. Louis area. The dam was completed in 1931 and the lake began filling up behind it. The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States with a surface area of 54,000 acres. The lake is used for recreation, power generation, and water supply. There are many towns and resorts located around the lake.


The location of Lake of the Ozarks.

It is located in the northern part of the Ozarks, which is how it got its name. The lake includes the tributaries of Niangua River, Grandglaize Creek, and Gravois Creek. The extensive shoreline is one of the most distinctive features of the Lake and is a major draw for tourists and visitors to the area. The lake has a curved shape, more like a traditional river than lake, which is why it is able to have such a long stretch of shore.

The Lake of the Ozarks is located in a section of central Missouri known as ‘ the Ozarks’. This region occupies parts of four different counties, those being Miller County, Morgan, Camden, and Benton County. The lake sits at an elevation of 656 feet above sea level, and is nestled within the Ozark Mountains. The main inflow and outflow of the river comes from the Osage River and is controlled by the Bagnell Dam at the lake’s northeast end. The lake itself has a similarly river-like shape that measures 93 miles. This main channel also has several tributary fed arms which branch out from the Osage.


Lake of the Ozarks.

Lake Of The Ozarks is a beautiful place that attracts millions of tourists every year. The lake itself is huge and there are plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. Some 27 square miles of land along and around the lake are designated as the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Ha Ha Tonka State Park also occupies a portion of the lake’s shoreline, as well as the lake’s Niangua Arm.

The lake is known for its scenic beauty and clear water. It is a popular destination for boating, fishing, swimming, and water skiing. There are also several state parks and golf courses located around the lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks is popular with tourists for a variety of reasons. Shopping, boating, fishing and visiting the state parks are considered the primary reasons for visiting, although the list of possible activities in the area is extensive. Outdoor enthusiasts will love hiking the state park trails, or getting out on the water in one of any number of different boats, powered or not, and the gorgeous landscape is a draw in itself. Lake of the Ozarks is also popular for partiers. Unlike most state parks, Lake of the Ozarks State Park contains an area known as Party Cove (officially Anderson Hollow Cove) and has become synonymous with large crowds and raucous fun times.The cove has become increasingly popular especially for Fourth of July celebrations, and boats will drive in from all over the lake to tether together, creating one giant floating tailgate style party area. 

Additionally, in recent years, the lake has become a popular retirement destination for baby boomers. The lake area has seen a boom in construction of new homes and businesses catering to retirees.

There are also many different types of accommodation available, from camping to luxury hotels. Whether you're looking for a relaxing holiday or an action-packed adventure, Lake Of The Ozarks is the perfect destination. 

In Summary 

Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and enjoy the scenery or want to get active and have some fun, the Lake of the Ozarks has something for everyone. And if you’ve been before and are looking for new ideas on what to do, don’t worry – The Ozarks got you covered. So come on out and explore all that this beautiful area has to offer! Do you have any tips or tricks up your sleeve? Let us know in the comments below – we would love to hear from you!


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