Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the largest state park in the state of Missouri, comprises 17,203 acres. Visitors may swim, fish, boat, or relax with a stunning view from a shaded camp-sight overlooking the lake.
Besides being merely recreational, visitors may learn about the northern Ozarks environment, under the ground and above. Nestled in Osage River Hills, the park contains many features typical of the Ozark region: from rugged heavily wooded areas to beautiful and delicate cave formations.
The ridges and hills are coated with dense forests of oak-hickory and sprinkled with sunny glades. Several areas are covered by savannah scattered trees and ground cover of colorful flowers and prairie grasses of assorted species.
In stark contrast to the wild areas, Lake of the Ozarks State Park also offers modern amenities such as the Lee C. Fine Airport, which includes a charter service.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park was originally established by the National Park Service soon after the Great Depression, following the damming of the Osage River by Bagnell Dam. The recreational area was turned over to the state during World War II, in 1946. The single largest park in the state park system, Lake of the Ozarks State Park is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Don't forget, there's much to do at Lake of the Ozarks State Park: camping, group camping, hiking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, fishing, mountain biking and spelunking. Tell your friends about us!