FOUR SEASONS, MANY REASONS TO ENJOY THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS OUTDOORS
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. – Central Missouri enjoys four distinctly beautiful seasons each year, offering Lake of the Ozarks visitors plenty to do year-round. You can revel in the views of the water or the depths of the forest as each season presents a different color palate. In the spring, feast your eyes on the pink, lavender and white of flowering dogwoods and redbuds. When fall comes, rustle through the falling red, yellow and orange leaves when the woods are aflame with color. Enjoy the shade and admire all the shades of green in the summer and see the area in a new way when it is covered with a blanket of winter white snow. Set all these hues against the blue waters of the Lake of the Ozarks for unmatched beauty.
Hiking in the Park Hiking is a four-season favorite at the two Missouri State Parks in the Lake area. Ha Ha Tonka features the ruins of a 1900s castle constructed atop a bluff overlooking the Niangua arm of the Lake, as well as 14 hiking trails. Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the state’s largest, features 12 trails ranging in length from .8 of a mile to 13.5 miles.
With 54,000 acres of water, boating fun is a given on the Lake of the Ozarks. Visitors can choose a leisurely cruise with a group of friends on a pontoon or a speedboat to rush across the water, perfect for waterskiing or tubing. There are plenty of public ramps for those who bring their own boats, or the area’s marinas rent boats, as well as personal watercraft.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park offers two public beaches for swimming. Many of the area’s resorts, campgrounds and restaurants offer swimming beaches. The quiet coves along the Lake offer opportunities for activities like paddle boating and paddle boarding, a new activity in the area.
Fishers and hunters find their fun in the waters and hills of the Lake of the Ozarks. Crappie, bass, catfish and many other fish are plentiful in the Lake and nearby rivers, such as the Osage and the Niangua. Tournaments in the spring and fall can make this hobby profitable, as well. Visitors can bring their own boats, rent boats in the area or book a fishing guide to provide a boat, plus all the tackle and knowledge needed to ensure a successful trip. In winter, several of the area’s family-owned resorts offer heated docks for comfortable fishing in the cooler seasons.
When it comes to hunting, deer and turkey are popular targets in the fall, but the Lake area has seasons for quail and many other varieties of game year-round. Those looking to hunt turkey in the spring find plenty of hens and jakes waiting at the Lake of the Ozarks. The combination of timber and open fields makes the Lake area appealing for hunters and game alike, and waterfowl cannot resist the Lake. The Lake of the Ozarks is also a prime location for visitors who “hunt” birds with cameras and binoculars. They’ll find majestic bald eagles, beautiful blue herons, tiny ruby-throated hummingbirds and everything in between.
Outdoor fun also can take visitors indoors (sort of) when they go underground at the Lake of the Ozarks. The area features four show caves, which are open for guided walking tours year-round. Bridal Cave, Jacob’s Cave, Ozark Caverns and Fantasy World Caverns feature cave formations that include a “pipe organ” of stalactites in Bridal Cave, “angel’s shower” in Ozark Caverns, prehistoric bones in Jacob’s Cave and an underground lake in Fantasy World Caverns. Cave temperatures remain in the 60s year-round, so this is a perfect all-weather activity.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular golfing destination and a wonderful way to enjoy the area’s great outdoors. Some of the game’s greats, such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Floyd Farley, Ken Kavanaugh, Bruce Devlin, Robert Van Hagge and Robert Trent Jones, have all designed courses at the Lake, all at an incredible value. And while many think of golf as a summer activity, the Lake’s 14 courses encourage golfers to experience the beauty of spring and fall from their links. In winter, the temperatures average in the 40s in the area, but the courses are open year-round so golfers can catch the milder days in the 50s and 60s.
Visitors who want to enjoy the outdoors overnight will find many campgrounds and RV parks around the Lake area. Those who want to sleep indoors can take their pick of full-service resorts, smaller family owned resorts, bed and breakfast inns, and hotels and motels offering indoor comfort to complement their outdoor activities.
For information about all this outdoor fun, and much more, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE or visit FunLake.com. The award-winning website has information about all of the Lake area’s attractions and events, restaurants and accommodations, indoors and outdoors.
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LAKE OF THE OZARKS TRI-COUNTY LODGING ASSOCIATION & CONVENTION AND VISITOR BUREAU
Phone: 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) Fax: 573-348-2293
P.O. Box 1498 Osage Beach, MO 65065
Website: www.FunLake.com Email: Info@FunLake.com