About Lake of the Ozarks

For years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have traveled to Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy the beauty and recreation of this area.  Now with the rapid development of the area, many of the weekenders are purchasing their second homes or becoming full time residents.  The lake covers an astounding 54,000 acres, impounds 646 billion gallons of water and has 1,150 miles of coved indented shoreline - this is more than the state of California! Towns and communities in the lake area include Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Linn Creek, Laurie, Sunrise Beach, Gravois Mills, and Eldon.

Lake of the Ozarks Quick Facts:

  • 15 Golf Courses (over 216 holes)
  • 4 Family Fun Parks
  • 7 Miniature Golf Courses
  • Largest State Park In Missouri
  • 7 Go-Kart Tracks
  • Largest Brand Name Factory Outlet Mall in Missouri
  • 3 Show Caves
  • Over 50 Antique Stores Within a 50-Mile Radius
  • Over 100 Marinas or Marine Related Services
  • Over 110 Restaurants (over 40 on the water)
  • 5 Airports: Camdenton, Eldon, Osage Beach, Versailles, Lee. C. Fine
    Information provided by:
    Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau


History of the Lake
The Lake turned 75 Years Old in 2006! 

Bagnell Dam began construction in August 6, 1929 by Union Electric Company of St. Louis, now known as Ameren UE, and was considered the largest man-made lake in the world!  This skillful engineering feat, known as the Great Osage River Project was completed in April of 1931.  Before the spectacular area became the Mid-west's boating, shopping, dining, and golf mecca, as we know it today, the Osage Indians settled in the beautiful Ozark hills.  Though, Lewis and Clark were the first to describe the natural wonders of the Ozark mountains.  Civil War, expansion to the west, and railroads all contributed to the development of this area, long before the Osage River was dammed.