The Lake of the Ozarks, located in Missouri on the north of the Ozark Mountains, was formed in 1931 from an impoundment of the Osage River, and ever since then has been an attraction to Americans looking for travel experiences with a difference. With over 1,000 miles of shoreline bordering this enormous man-made reservoir, the water has become a main attraction of any visit here.
Whether it’s enjoying a game of golf with a view of the water, a day’s boat rental, or camping right by the shore, there are numerous reasons why Midwesterners and others Americans make their way to the Lake of the Ozarks for extended family trips, or even for a long weekend. Thanks to the lake’s branching tributaries and serpentine shape, there’s no shortage of space here.
Found south of the Bagnell Dam and south of the Osage River impoundment is Osage Beach, one of the main activity hubs. Camdenton offers much adventure farther south, such as a subterranean exploration of Bridal Cave. There are opportunities for fun all around the lake in each and every direction, such as three-story waterslides, swinging bridges, and castle ruins, all providing activities that families can treasure for a lifetime.
It’s impossible to visit the Lake of the Ozarks without enjoying the water. The Lake itself is always the most popular point, with activities such as fishing from the shore, making your way around the lake on a boat, or enjoying the views from a comfortable residence.
Boats can be rented from outfitters, which makes boating easy. They’re also available from public access boating ramps. Swimming and fishing are just as accessible, with two Lake of the Ozarks State Park beaches and various kinds of fishing at different times throughout the year.
Spending the night at one of the stunning resorts is one of the better ways to experience the water at Lake of the Ozarks. Waking up in the morning with a view of the lakeside is something to behold. The vast majority of campgrounds at the Lake of the Ozarks offer almost immediate access to a host of attractions, not just the water, for a more natural experience.
Among the more popular activities is enjoying a game of golf at one of the championship courses. There are professionally manicured, hilly, wooded, and lakeside courses, all offering superb experiences that are far more fun than simply swinging a golf club.
Golf is a wonderful way to make the most of a stunning Ozark landscape. Anyone at any skill level will be able to appreciate the game at the numerous courses with almost all available for public play, as well as many that have been enhanced by world-class designers. Among the more popular courses include a 27-hole course at Osage National Golf Resort at Osage Beach. In Camdenton and south of the beach is one of the best public courses in the Ozarks, Old Kinderhook. It includes a lakeside setting with long putts and rolling fairways.