Experience the Great Outdoors of Lake of the Ozarks-Year Around

This article is presented in partnership with The Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association.

Summer-time memories, spectacular fall color, and unique shops are just a few reasons why Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks is a top year-round destination.  Centrally located, the Lake of the Ozarks is just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City and less than a day’s drive from anywhere in the central United States.


The Lake of the Ozarks offers much more than summer-time fun! Not ready for the four walls of winter?  Come experience the great fall outdoors at one of the Lake’s 20-plus campgrounds and RV parks, many offering the scenic fall backdrop of the Lake. Camping is not your jam, you can rent a cabin, house, cottage, condo, or stay in one of our numerous resorts or hotels. 

Fall weather can be unpredictable in Missouri but no worries about that at the Lake of the Ozarks! 

If is it sunny and 85 degrees and the Lake is calling your name, many outdoor safe adventures await at HaHa Tonka State Park which offers miles of beautiful hiking.  Or hop on the Lake and make family memories while fishing with kids or grandkids along the scenic shoreline. Have the camera ready for that smiling face while they hook a nice bass this great fishery is known for. And let’s not forget those golf clubs so you can tee off on one of our 14 championship golf courses.  Raining, no worries, take the family and explore one of the many show caves the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. 

The Lake also offers live entertainment venues presenting national and regional acts and year-round special events like the 43rd annual Olde Tyme Apple Festival, Fall Harbor Hop, Apple Butter Days and so much more. With that long list of to-sees and to-dos, we suggest you make it a weeklong getaway as there is no other experience like the great outdoors at the Lake of the Ozarks!