Discover the Lake of the Ozarks
With more than 1,150 miles of scenic shoreline, more than the entire Pacific coast of California, the Lake of the Ozarks offers visitors gallons (about 617 billion) of fun and adventure.
Nestled amid the rolling hills of Central Missouri, the Lake of the Ozarks has long been known as the premier vacation, golf and meeting destination in America's Heartland. Because of its size and expanse, the Lake literally offers something for everyone. Whether visitors are looking for fast-paced action or a peaceful escape from the rigors of life, the area encompassing this 54,000-acre lake is a perfect spot for a family vacation, romantic getaway or gathering with a group of friends or business associates.
What's more, because it's privately-developed, it is the only major public lake in Missouri where visitors can go directly from their lakeside rooms onto their water craft (similar lakes around the state and region are managed by the Army Corps of Engineers which limits shoreline access).
The Lake of the Ozarks, once the largest man-made lake in the world, was created in 1931 with the completion of Bagnell Dam and the Great Osage River Project, the brainchild of the Union Electric Company. Just four months after dam construction began in 1929, the stock market crashed, bringing with it the Great Depression. While the rest of the country faced economic ruin, work on Bagnell Dam provided welcome employment to 4,600 workers at any one time and a total of 20,500 over the two-year construction period. As a result, Central Missouri experienced a time of growth and expansion while other areas endured the hardships of the Depression.
Directly and indirectly, the dam continues to provide employment and a tremendous quality of life to residents of the area, which translates to a great vacation opportunity for everyone else.
On and off the Lake, the choices are limitless. The Lake is host to some of the top fishing and golfing in the Midwest, including prestigious tournaments such as Bass Masters and the PGA Club Pro Championship, and offers an abundance of water activities and other recreation such as horseback riding, tennis, hiking, bird-watching and trap shooting. Throughout the year the Lake offers a lineup of exciting family activities ranging from fun festivals and events, spectacular cave tours and live country music shows to great shopping, craft shows, scenic cruises and more.