Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of south-central Missouri is a world-class boating, golfing, shopping, and fishing mecca. The Lake of the Ozarks—with more miles of coastline than California's ocean beaches—is the Midwest's premier lake resort. Only a couple hours from St. Louis, Jefferson City, and Branson, the "Fun Lake" is known as one of the best places to own a second home. Why is this area of the Show-Me state so special? It won't take long to see why.
In the late 1920s, the construction of the Bagnell Dam was primarily done by hand. Its goal was to produce hydroelectric power, but as a result, the Lake of the Ozarks was born. The Bagnell Dam impounded the Osage River (named after the local Native American tribe), creating a reservoir encompassing over sixty thousand square miles. The coastline of the Lake of the Ozarks is defined by its dramatic limestone bluffs and rolling mountains with forests of birch, maple, white oak, and dogwood.
On the Lake
One of the best ways to experience the lake is by boat. Whether via private watercraft, rental pontoon, or tour catamaran, the perspective makes it easy to understand why so many have made the Lake of the Ozarks an annual vacation spot. Get active with water sports such as parasailing and stand-up paddleboarding or keep it mellow by fishing for bass and catfish. The natural beauty of the area is complemented by outstanding dining and entertainment options like Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville Lake Resort, making it a win-win for families and couples.