11 Fun Facts About The Lake of the Ozarks

Our Boathouse is the best lakefront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have wonderful burgers, salads, wraps and more. Plus a beautiful pool, that over looks the lake! While our restaurant is fabulous, we have a great marina, boat dock, and 24 hour gas pump. There's always a lot happening at the Lake, but it wasn't always like that, in fact, it wasn't always even always a lake! Here are a few fun facts about our wonderful Lake of the Ozarks and the Bagnel Dam.

The Lake of the Ozarks' 1,375 miles of shoreline is longer than the entire state of California.

At full pool the lake holds 617 billion gallons or 87 cubic feet of water, enough to supply the entire city of St. Louis for 12 years.

The surrounding areas of Camden, Miller and Morgan counties host around 
4 million tourists each year.

Bagnell Dam when it was being built. Courtesy of Missouri Sate Archive.

The lake's surface water covers 61,000 square miles.

There are at least 70,000 boat docks on the lake.

Nearly 100,000 boaters use the lake on summer holiday weekends.

Because of its unusual shape, the Lake of the Ozarks has been given the nickname, "Magic Dragon".

The total cost to build Bagnell Dam was approximately $30 million 
(nearly $360 million in today's money).

The Lake of the Ozarks boasts 12 Golf courses (over 180 holes all together!), 11 Miniature golf courses, 9 Go-Kart tracks, 4 Commercial Caves, and 6 Family Fun Parks.

There are at least 57 Antique Stores within a 50-mile radius. This is a shoppers dream!

Over 150 marinas, over 250 restaurants & waterfront restaurants (with the Boathouse being the best!), over 220 accommodations facilities, and over 900 campground sites.

As you can see, the Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be! There are so many fun activities to keep you and your family entertained! Fishing, boating, swimming, dining, golfing, wineries, hiking, biking and camping are just a few of the fabulous ways to enjoy your time at the lake. But always remember that the Boathouse is the best place to eat at the Lake of the Ozarks! Whether you're vacationing or living here, come enjoy a delicious Boathouse Burger, listen to some live music, and spend an afternoon soaking up the sun by our lakeside pool at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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