Lake of the Ozarks Fun Facts




The Lake of the Ozarks was built to provide hydroelectric power to Missouri residents and after its creation, it quickly became a top family vacation destination.  The massive body of water created a playground for boating enthusiasts and the cliff top views made perfect backdrops from homes.  It didn't take long for this man-made lake to commercial into the best Midwest vacation destination, that it is today.  Many people visit the area and never realize the history behind the lake and the fun facts that surround it.  Check out our Lake of the Ozarks Fun Facts and plan your next trip to see why this tourist destination is one of a kind.  Make sure you also book your stay at the best vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks when you visit!


Fun Facts About The Lake Of The Ozarks

1. Bagnell Dam was built from 1929-1931. Being built during the Great Depression, this project supplied thousands of jobs in a much needed time in society.  Workers came from all over the nation to have the opportunity to make money for their families.

2. At the time that the Lake of the Ozarks was completed in 1931, it was the largest man-made lake in the United States. This body of water held the largest man-made lake record for five years.

3. The Lake of the Ozarks is home to castle ruins.  It is now a major attraction acquired by the State of Missouri, but Ha Ha Tonka castle ruins is a must see when visiting the area.  It has a ton of rich history, breathtaking views, and outdoor adventure.

4. Lake of the Ozarks is home to 12 golf courses, 3 mini golf courses, 2 movie theaters, 2 water parks, 4 go-cart tracks, 3 public caves, 2 excursion boats, 6 wineries, 3 bowling allies and much much more.  Making it one of the top Midwest vacation destinations.

5. The Lake of the Ozarks earned its nickname "The Magic Dragon" because of its dragon-like shape.  If you want to check out this amazing fact for yourself, take a trip on any of our local helicopter tours and see the massive wonder from a bird's eye view. 


6. This large body of water is loaded with a variety of fish species, making it one of the best fisheries in the country.  Take a guided tour, take a boat, or fish off the bank or dock.  No matter where you go fishing, you are sure to enjoy a day of fishing at Lake of the Ozarks.  The lake is home to largemouth bass, spotted bass, black and white crappie, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, hybrid stripers, paddlefish, walleye, and bluegill.

7. From end to end, the Lake of the Ozarks spans 92 miles and covers a variety of towns and counties.  It is a large body of water making it the perfect tourist destination.

8. There are over 1,100 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks. This is longer than the coastline of the state of California.  It has the largest state park in Missouri covering a portion of the shoreline, along with many marinas, restaurants, lodging, condos, and homes.  This commercialized lake is packed with plenty to do.

9. A few tv shows have been inspired by Lake of the Ozarks.  One was a popular TV sitcom from the 1960's, Petticoat Junction.  Another more recent Netflix show, Ozark.  Both writers visited the area many times and were inspired to create their popular shows. 






A trip to Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect choice for your next getaway.  The Lake Area has plenty to keep you busy and Keys to the Lake has plenty of lodging properties to stay while visiting.  Make memories this summer and take a trip to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks!

At Keys to the Lake, we offer vacation homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks. When you stay with us, we strive to provide you with many different room options, from large homes to cozy condos, we're sure you'll find just what you need to have a relaxing and enjoyable getaway to the Lake of the Ozarks. To book your stay with Keys to the Lake, call 573-964-5397. 



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