The Lake of the Ozarks is the largest man-made non flood control Lake in the United States with 55000 acres of surface area and a total length including all major tributaries and long coves, of approximately 180 miles. There is about 1100 miles of shoreline which, to put in perspective is longer than the Pacific Coastline of California.
|The construction of Bagnell Dam started on August 6, 1929, and was completed in April, 1931 at a total cost of $30M . It was created to impound the Osage, Glaize, Big Niangua and Little Niangua rivers as a source of hydro electric power. The 2543 foot long dam was built during the great depression and created jobs for more than 20000 people with pay starting at $0.35 per hour.
|The area which had previously been home to farmers and small businesses serving the agricultural community began to be a tourist destination as visitors wanted to see the newly constructed Bagnell Dam. Since then the area has grown to be a popular vacation destination for Mid Westerners with a range of attractions such as more than 200 restaurants, 15 area golf courses, water parks, amusements and of course everything to do on, in and even under the water.
|As interesting as the water might be, there is another place to discover below ground.
Centuries ago Osage Indians discovered what lies beneath Thunder Mountain. Local legends say Indian wedding ceremonies
were held in the cave and today this cavern is called Bridal Cave where nearly 3,000 couples from around the world have
exchanged wedding vows. The chapel can be reserved if a wedding is in your travel plans.The Lake area now attracts over four million visitors per year who stay either in their vacation homes numbering over 35000 or in one of the 6961 temporary lodging rooms. This does not include the countless number of homes and condos made available as vacation lodging. To cope with this huge growth the local commercial developments have been considerable with major retailers such as Lowe's, Home Depot and Target building significant retail spaces.
The Lake From Space