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The Lake of the Ozarks was originally created when the Osage River was dammed up by the Bagnell Dam in 1931, and this created the reservoir which spans across 54,000 surface acres. This lake is one of the most popular vacation destinations in central Missouri, and there is good reason for this. When you stay in your Lake of the Ozarks lake house, you will be able to enjoy all of the recreation and relaxation that the area offers. Lake houses in the area often have spectacular views, proximity to the water and home-like amenities like a full kitchen, private bedrooms, a garage and more.
When you stay at your Laurie lake house in the Ozarks, you will enjoy the opportunity to explore all that the area has to offer. Boating and water skiing are popular activities that many will partake in, and you can also swim, fish, jet ski, wake board and enjoy other water activities. Hiking, camping, horseback riding and mountain biking are common land activities that many enjoy as well. The top parks to visit for these activities are the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, which is the largest state park in Missouri, and the Ha Ha Tonka State Park.
Many people who love to shop are delighted by the options available at Lake of the Ozarks. For example, the Osage Beach Premium Outlets are located close to the lake. Stonecrest mall is also located in nearby Osage Beach, and it is just a few short minutes away from most lake Osage Beach vacation homes. In addition, there are numerous shops located on Bagnell Dam Boulevard, such as the Lake's Fudge Shop, Oz Cycles, Sunshine Daydream and others.
If you love to golf, you will not want to leave your clubs at home. There are some premiere golfing destinations that provide you with great views of the lake and that give you a challenging game to play. These courses include the Lodge of the Four Seasons Championship Course, the Osage National Golf Club and the Shawnee Bend Golf Course. These are only some of the many golf courses that are located in and around the area, and you may enjoy many fun-filled days exploring these and other golf courses while you are in the area.
Those who visit Lake of the Ozarks will enjoy all four seasons, and this is because the area has a humid continental climate. This type of climate gives you humid, warm summers, and the average high during the summer season is in the 80s to 90s. It also gives you long, cold winters, and the highs in the winter months are in the 40s while the lows are in the 20s. The wettest time of the year is during the summer season when large thunderstorms are most common. Snowfall during the winter months is also common and adds to the precipitation that the area receives.
Lake of the Ozarks is located off-the-beaten path, so there are numerous routes you can take depending on the direction you are traveling from. Many will fly into either Kansas City or St Louis, and you can rent a vehicle to travel the rest of the way to the lake. When traveling from either of these cities, take Interstate 70 to Highway 54 south Highway 54 eventually will take you right into the Lake of the Ozarks area. Buses and taxies are also available to take you into the Lake of the Ozarks area.