About Lake of the Ozarks

For years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have traveled to the 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 of the Ozarks covers an astounding 54,000 acres, impounds 646 billion gallons of water and has 1,150 miles of coved, indented shoreline. That's more than all of the shoreline in the state of California! Towns and communities in the Lake of the Ozarks area include Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Linn Creek, Laurie, Sunrise Beach, Gravois Mills and Eldon.

History of the Lake

The Lake of the Ozarks turned 80 years old in 2011! Bagnell Dam began construction in August 6, 1929, by Union Electric Company of St. Louis, now known as Ameren UE, and created what 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 Midwest's boating, shopping, dining and golf mecca, as we know it today, the Osage Indians made the beautiful Ozark hills their home. Although Lewis and Clark were the first to describe the natural wonders of the Ozark mountains, the Civil War, expansion to the west and railroads all contributed to the development of this area, long before the Osage River was dammed. The building of the dam created this beautiful lake and all of the lakefront property that has become an ideal destination for so many home owners.

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