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About Lake of the Ozarks

Located in beautiful central Missouri, The Lake of the Ozarks is a world class vacation destination that offers a variety of recreational activities and waterfront vacation rentals that suit every age and budget. The Lake of the Ozarks encompasses over 14,000 square miles and is commonly known as “The Magic Dragon” because of its twisted, snake-like shape that winds through the heart of the state. Here, visitors enjoy outdoor adventures and small town charm in the heart of Missouri.


There are many towns to visit within the region, each offering their own unique attractions. When searching for Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals, you must first decide which neighborhood best suits the type of vacation you had in mind. Here are a few of the most popular neighborhoods:
  • Lake Ozark lies at the Gateway of the Lake of the Ozarks and is a picturesque community offering a plethora of shopping, dining, fun on the water, and local history. Visit the Bagnell Dam Strip, known locally as “The Strip,” for an afternoon of shopping and entertainment. Pick up souvenirs and get a taste of the area’s history at Dogpatch, a local fixture.
  • Osage Beach, known as “the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks,” is a quiet beach town featuring two parks – Osage Beach City Park and Peanick Park. Ample spots for fishing and golf make this a great choice for those in search of relaxation. 
  • Warsaw, located in Benton County, is another lakeside town with much to offer. Hike at Harry S. Truman State Park or visit the Lost Valley Hatchery, a great place for kids to learn about the local lake wildlife. 

Things to Do

From watersports to cave explorations, there’s never a dull moment here and Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals provide the perfect respite after an action-packed day. Get your bearings by taking a pontoon boat before discovering the thrill of wakeboarding with Kirby’s School of Wake. If you’re looking for relaxation, find a quiet dock to cast your fishing line. The lake is loaded with fish and anglers come year-round to catch a variety of bass, crappie, and catfish. Away from the waters, go deep underground at Jacob’s Cave, the largest and most scenic cave in the area or visit nearby Fantasy World Caverns to explore bear beds, Native American artifacts and an underground lake. When you return from the depths of the caves, visit Lake of the Ozarks State Park or take in the ...

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Top 10 Activities in Lake of the Ozarks

Top 10 Activities in Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri is full of natural wonder and ways to reconnect with nature. From hours of outdoor play to the simple pleasures of stargazing, this vacation destination will have you feeling refreshed in no time. Check out these 10 activities to enjoy during your visit.

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

For families with kids, or grown-ups with silly senses of humor, they’ll love the name of this place. Located in Camdentown, this park offers gorgeous exposed rock faces; stone ruins of a 20th-century castle; and miles of hiking leading to expansive sink holes, a natural bridge, and caves. Admission is free to Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Water Activities

If you love the water, Lake of the Ozarks can fill your whole vacation with time spent out on it and in it. From boating to swimming, parasailing to paragliding, and fishing to kayaking and canoeing, you can enjoy miles and miles of lake and all the sports that go with it.

Ozark Distillery

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72 Hours in Lake of the Ozarks

72 Hours in Lake of the Ozarks
Packed with plenty of attractions and activities, Lake of the Ozarks is a thrilling Missouri destination for families and couples alike. Take a hike, go underground, or pamper yourself at this scenic Ozarks hotspot. To fully appreciate the attractions here, use this three-day itinerary as your guide to exploring Lake of the Ozarks.

Day 1: Check Out the State Parks

The largest state park in Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks State Park should be your first stop. With more than 17,000 acres of land and 85 miles of shoreline along the lake, recreational pursuits abound. Hike along one of the many trails, take a guided horseback ride, or picnic near the lake.

With 3,500 acres of land and ample natural wonders to explore, Ha Ha Tonka State Park is also worth a visit. The highlight here is the remains of a modern castle built by Kansas City businessman Robert Snyder. Peer out from the top of this once majestic structure for a sweeping view of the area.

Day 2: Explore the Caves ...

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