|Lake of the Ozarks
Lake of the Ozarks, located in central Missouri, formed by the building of Bagnell Dam in the 1930s, provides over 56,000 acres of recreational water. Lake of the Ozarks offers camping and resort accommodations, hiking, horseback riding, water parks, music shows and other forms of family entertainment.
Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers for power generation and recreation, all the trees were cut down to make room for the building of private homes and resorts along the majority of the shoreline.
Four arms that branch off the lake: The Gravois, Grandglaize, Niangua and Osage, provide the best areas for fishing.
Lake of the Ozarks holds the record for producing several of the largest fish species caught in Missouri. In 1981, George Snelling caught a 41-pound two-ounce Muskellange; in 1986, Allen Schweiss caught a 36-pound 12-ounce Smallmouth Buffalo; in 1996, Ronald P. Wagner’s Freshwater Drum Fish weighed 40 pounds 8 ounces; in 1994, Kyle Schneider caught a whopping 80 pound Bighead Carp; and in 2012, Rachel Davis caught a Goldeye, who weighed one-pound two-ounces.
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Lake of the Ozarks welcomes all boat and motor types and sizes, with several public boat ramps and docks located around the lake for easy access. Most of the resorts on Lake of the Ozarks provide boat launching ramps and boat docks for use by their patrons.
Lake of the Ozarks' lodging options include campgrounds and resorts that have been built around the lake. Many more lodging accommodations are available in nearby towns.
Please consult the Lake Resource Guide for information regarding lots of lodging possibilities.
The closest major city to Lake of the Ozarks is Springfield. Other nearby cities and towns: Ozark, Eldon, Camdenton, and . Lake of the Ozarks flows through parts of Benton, Camden, Miller and Morgan counties.
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