About Lake of the Ozarks, MO
For years, Lake of the Ozarks has been one of Missouri residents’ favorite vacation destinations. And recently, thanks to the area’s reputation as a paradise for outdoor adventurers, more people outside the state are starting to see what Lake of the Ozarks has to offer.
Lake of the Ozarks lives up to its outdoorsy reputation, thanks to its 1,100 miles of shoreline and abundance of walking trails, fishing opportunities, and explorable caverns. But the city has entertainment for all kinds of visitors, whether they want to lose themselves in nature or examine some man-made attractions.
From historical sites and museums to local shopping centers to unique city-wide events and everything in between, Lake of the Ozarks has something for everyone.
You won’t be able to walk through Lake of the Ozarks without stumbling into at least one fishing destination. The area has dozens of bait shops and fishing boat rentals around every corner, so you’ll have plenty of choices.
Bass, catfish, and bluegill are among the most common catches for Lake of the Ozarks shore fishing. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, a guide can take you out on the lake for more productive fishing.
If you’re looking to hit the water for a relaxing time outdoors without fishing, you can stop at one of Lake of the Ozarks’ boat rentals. You can find a variety of water vessels for every lake adventure, from spending an evening alone on a jetski to organizing a family water skiing adventure.
The Lake of the Ozarks area is known for its many golf courses. You could stay for a week and easily play a different world class course every day!
Lake of the Ozarks has plenty of options if you’re looking to spend your outdoor time on land.
For example, Bridal Cave is one of the most popular natural attractions in the area. The cave offers daily guided tours that teach visitors about its historical significance and display every corner of its subterranean beauty.
With imposing natural columns and contained lakes, Bridal Cave is an attraction you won’t want to miss.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Lake of the Ozarks State Park has something for every outdoor adventurer. True to form, this 17,000-acre park has an abundance of quality shoreline fishing locations and boating opportunities but there’s more to this landmark than just water. There are opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and exploring on horseback.
You can visit part of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park right across from our office.
Lake of the Ozarks has more to offer than just an abundance of outdoor beauty. The city has plenty of historical sites and museums, with the Willmore Lodge being one of the most popular.
Willmore Lodge is now on the National Register of Historic Places and has the city’s official visitors center and a museum to teach newcomers about the city’s long history. Additionally, the lodge has an observation deck with a clear view of the lake.
Willmore Lodge is also near the beautiful Bagnell Dam, another popular tourist destination. You can stop at Willmore Lodge at 1 Wilmore Lane in Lake Ozark.
Camden County Historical Museum
Camden County Historical Museum has a range of local artifacts from the city’s early years. Here, you can find items from the Civil War, early pioneer days, and the museum’s famous Native American stone collection.
Beyond the exhibits, Camden County Historical Museum offers history camps, guided arts and crafts lessons, and an extensive gift shop. You can visit it at 206 S Locust Street in Linn Creek.
Besides the countless outdoor attractions and historic sites, the lake area has a nice shopping area . Blairs Landing just down the road from our center is the best way to embrace the small businesses making up Lake of the Ozarks.
Blairs Landing has the historical construction and charm visitors expect from Lake of the Ozarks, with shops that also embrace those old-fashioned aesthetics. Here, you’ll find antique stores and small boutiques with goods that embody the culture. There are also specialty stores for shoppers with unique tastes.
The Lake of the Ozarks has a sensational live music scene with many restaurants featuring bands and local musicians all year round. But if you visit Lake of the Ozarks at the right time, you might get the chance to see your favorite touring musician at the Ozarks Amphitheater. The venue has several big-name acts on schedule, including Willie Nelson, Smashing Pumpkins, Brothers Osborne, and more.
Even if you’re not in Lake of the Ozarks in time to see your favorite artist, visiting at least one show in this historic venue is an event you won’t want to miss.
You can find Ozarks Amphitheater at 2629 North Business Route 5 in Camdenton.
Magic Dragon Street Meet Car Show
The Magic Dragon Street Meet Car Show only comes once a year but is a staple of the Lake of the Ozarks community. The annual event has run 34 times and has over 1,000 participants on average who show off vintage and unique vehicles for an audience of around 10,000 people.
The show typically goes for a few days in early May. And if you’re in town at the same time as the event, you won’t want to miss the unique and historic cars that drive through every year.
The Magic Dragon Street Meet Car Show runs through the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark.
Our Lake of the Ozarks area as a vacation area is full of lodging options. Our team is happy to steer you towards options that fit what you are looking for. We are well versed in the area attractions, and dining and will work to make your visit as pleasant as possible.