Netflix drama Ozark starring Jason Bateman as financial adviser Marty who launders drug money for the Mexican cartel shows off some stunning Ozark scenery. In the show, Marty takes his family and leaves Chicago for Missouri, particularly the Lake of the Ozarks (or the Redneck Riviera).
As Marty finds out, the Lake of the Ozarks is an enormous manmade lake with even more shoreline than the state of California (exactly 1,150 miles). Two more facts: 1) it attracts five million tourists every year and stretches some 92 miles from one end to the other, and 2) it’s also known as The Magic Dragon, due to its serpentine shape.
Midwesterners love the Ozarks due to all the bars, restaurants, condos, resorts, and condos being right there on the water. The majority of American lakes don’t allow that, but the Lake of the Ozarks is private, with the reservoir owned by a hydro-electric firm.
Another reason that Midwesterners love the Lake is based on the fact that Missouri summers are hot and humid while the Lake is cool and calm. Further, any sport is available here other than parasailing, jet-skiing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle-boarding, rowing, kayaking, and surfing. There are also some huge mansions to feast your eyes on as you go by on a rental speedboat.
However, the Lakes are so poultry that Netflix was forced to film much of the show at less popular lakes and in an entirely different state: Lanier and Allatoona in Georgia. Another reason for much of the show being filmed in Atlanta is the lower tax rates in the state of Georgia.
The interior shots were actually filmed in Eagle Rock Studios in Atlanta, above a number of sound stages. The standing sets from the show were housed in those very sound stages. The interior shots include the Russ Langmore’s trailer, Buddy Dyker’s basement, and the Lickety Splitz strip club. There are a few actual landmarks from the Lake of the Ozarks in the show, however.
For fans of the show, the release date of Ozark Season three has yet to be confirmed but Jason Bateman took to Twitter in October last year to tell fans that they can expect a third season. For now, let’s look at some of the show’s filming locations from the Ozarks themselves.
In the very first episode, as well as in the trailer, Marty and co take their first look at the Lakes from a stunning viewpoint rising around 200 feet above the water. Lover’s Leap is situated on the west side, close to Linn Creek, and is among the Lake’s more famous landmarks.
Lover’s Leap is particularly popular with high-school students who visit here to drink Dr Pepper and to chill out. The Ozark crew, in fact, were forced to undertake an enormous clean-up before they were able to film. Some claim that it’s named after an Indian maiden who, rather than give up her lover, jumped from the bluff only to die with him. Other believe that a newspaper editor made up the whole story. If the latter, that’s quite a story.