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Lake Ozark is your gateway to The Magic Dragon

If you book a vacation rental in Lake Ozark, brace yourself for some breathtaking scenery, courtesy of the Lake of The Ozarks, the city's namesake. Visitors flock to this body of water with a serpentine shape (nicknamed The Magic Dragon) to fish, boat, and jet ski. Serious water sports enthusiasts can get a workout, and families can kick back and relax. Nearby parks offer camping under the stars and mysterious caves with spectacular rock formations. In short, you'll find the best that central Missouri has to offer in this city on the edge of the water.

Things to do

Think a wedding in a cave is crazy? You'll reconsider

If you're ready to plunge into the past, visit the Willmore Lodge Museum, a 29-room log cabin completed in 1930 as an administration building for Union Electric. Now, the lodge houses the history of the region, telling the story of the Osage River that empties into the Lake of the Ozarks, the construction of the nearby Bagnell Dam, and the development of the lakeside community. Then, take your friends, family, or romantic partner to Bridal Cave, where guided tours lead past interesting rock formations. You can even book a stalactite-adorned "chapel" for your wedding.


Give yourself a break and get on the lake

Lake Ozark's key attraction is the lake, of course, and favorite activities for both visitors and locals revolve around the water. Rent a jet ski or a kayak. Take your boat out. Try parasailing or paragliding. If the lake ever tires you out, you are welcome at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, a leafy-green wonderland with 12 trails available for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders, plus picnic areas and campsites. Oh yeah, and the lake is here, too, so all those watersports still work.


Weather that doesn't need to go to extremes

Lake Ozark's humid continental climate is always influenced by, you guessed it, the lake. Summers are hot and humid, perfect for fun in the sun and on the water. Just keep a lookout for thunderstorms. Winters are cold, with lows in the teens and 20s, but the lake effect takes the edge off the chill. Spring, summer, and fall are the best times to take advantage of all your Lake Ozark vacation rental has to offer, but you can save some green and have a more tranquil trip to the beach if you book in winter.

Natural features

Don't bat this little guy out of the sky

Your Lake Ozark vacation rental will be comfy and serene, and the lake is often placid. Still, the wilderness around you is full to bursting with wildlife. 58 species of mammals call the riverways around the Lake of the Ozarks home, including deer, bear, otters, mink, and muskrats. The many caves in Lake of the Ozarks State Park make perfect homes for bat species, and the area has one of the last big populations of the endangered grey bat. If you see one of these furry friends, let him be.

How to get there

How to get to and around Lake Ozark

The nearest airport is in Versailles, MO (VRS-Roy Otten Memorial Airfield), located 21.8 mi (35.1 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Lake Ozark?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,402 vacation rentals near Lake Ozark. From 554 Houses to 754 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Ozark for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Lake Ozark?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Lake Ozark. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Willmore Lodge: 1,493 vacation rentals
  • Seasons Ridge Golf Course: 1,496 vacation rentals
  • Paradise Parasail Inc.: 1,495 vacation rentals
  • Sugar Creek Mini Golf: 1,495 vacation rentals
  • Bagnell Dam: 1,495 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Ozark listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Lake Ozark?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 554 Houses in Lake Ozark. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Lake Ozark include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 754 rentals available
  • Cabins: 47 rentals available
  • Cottages: 47 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Lake Ozark?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 904 vacation rentals with pool available in Lake Ozark. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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