OUR COMMUNITY While it may be the natural beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks that first catches your eye, a closer look will reveal a strong lakefront economy with an exceptional quality of life. At the Lake of the Ozarks we are blessed to live in this picturesque setting where nature's contribution include breathtaking sunsets, endless stretches of forests and water which are complimented by a high quality of life. Whether you're a visitor or a new resident, you'll be greeted as a friend.
HISTORY Although the Lake is only 75 years old, the area is rich in history. The Osage Indians first settled the Ozark hills, but Lewis and Clark were the first to describe the natural wonders of the Ozark Mountains. Civil War, westward expansion, and railroads all helped develop this area, long before the Osage River was dammed.
Lake of the Ozarks is one of the world's largest man-made lakes. Nearly 1,150 miles of area shoreline provides outdoor activities for increasing numbers of visitors. This lake has become one of the nation's most popular vacation spots in the Missouri's Ozark hills. In August 1929, Union Electric Company began building Bagnell Dam because more electricity was needed for an expanding service area. The Osage Hydroelectric Power Plant at Bagnell Dam went into operation on October 16, 1931. Since then, it has consistently provided electricity, particularly during periods of peak demand throughout UE's 24,500 square-mile service area in Missouri and Illinois. The Osage Power Plant is one of nine generating facilities operated by Union Electric and one of three UE hydroelectric plants.
There is no question that construction of Bagnell Dam triggered development and was the beginning for the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks area. The area today contains more than 200 lakeside resorts, hotels, motels and camp grounds which can accommodate 25,000 persons.