The Story Behind the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks has a rich history and if you are thinking of vacationing here, this is an interesting history for you to learn about. Lake Ozark Vacation Destinations specializes in exceeding the expectations of lake vacationers and taking their breath away with our beautiful Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals. If you are looking for a quality place to stay on your next Lake of the Ozarks vacation, visit our website at to see the best vacation rentals in the area. Keep reading to learn about how the Lake of the Ozarks came to be.

The Story Behind the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks has a rich history starting in the 1920s. In 1929, Union Electric Company out of St. Louis, MO began construction of the Bagnell Dam. This was a very interesting time in history because 4 months after construction began, the stock market crashed. The Great Depression was in full force, but the construction of this dam made way for 20,500 jobs.

On February 2, 1931, the Osage River was impounded and the Lake of the Ozarks began. It was open to vacationers May 30, 1931.

The dam itself is made of concrete and measures at 2.543 feet long. It consists of a:

  • 511 ft. long power station
  • 520 ft. long spillway section
  • 2 non-overflow retaining sections that are adjacent to the river banks
  • Highway it supports (including a 20 ft. wide roadway and a 3 ft. sidewalk)
Electricity for a large area of this state comes from the 215,000 kilowatt capacity power plant.

The Lake of the Ozarks covers 54,000 acres and has 1,150 miles of shoreline. 646 billion gallons of water is impounded in the Lake.

The Lake area has become a top vacation destination and the Lake of the Ozarks was voted the #1 recreational Lake in the Nation. Each summer, thousands of people come here from all over to enjoy the beauty the Lake has to offer.


Book Your Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Today!

Lake Ozark Vacation Destinations holds some of the best vacation rentals at the lake of the Ozarks. We specialize in exceeding Lake vacationers expectations and we aim to please. Check out our website to see our beautiful vacation rentals and to book your next vacation. Just visit and select the vacation rentals tab. From there you can enter your dates and see which rentals are available at that time. Enjoy!

Enjoy the Lake Life with Lake Ozarks Vacation Destinations

Inspired by the joy of visiting the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Ozark Vacation Destinations was established in 2007 with the purchase of a fantastic condominium at the popular Ledges development in Osage Beach. Lake Ozark Vacation Destinations is now your source for not only fantastic vacation rentals, but also professional property management and updating & remodeling services. We look forward to helping you book your next dream vacation!
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