Lake of the Ozarks Fills

On February 2, 1931, Lake of the Ozarks began to fill after the completion of Bagnell Dam.


What’s Not to Lake About This Expo?

Missourians love lake living. Whether it’s Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock, Mark Twain, Taneycomo, or a less big body of water, our state has some stunners. But how can you make the most of lake life? A giant show’s ready to show you!


July 25, 2015

Missouri gained additional national accolades on this date in 2015 when USA Today dubbed Lake of the Ozarks the best recreational lake in the country.


New adventures await in Benton County

Benton County, MO is the place to explore and find new adventures this year. With access to two of Missouri's largest lakes—Truman Lake and the Osage Arm of Lake of the Ozarks—it makes for a great family vacation and is only a short drive from most major cities. You’ll find no shortage of things to do with options for hiking, biking, golfing, dining, shopping, boating, fishing, camping, taking in history and events.


The castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park

October 21, 1942

The Ha Ha Tonka Mansion, built on the cliffs high above the Niangua River, catches fire, leaving behind the ruins that are still visible near Camdenton.


Wakeboarding at Lake of the Ozarks

How I learned to wakeboard at the Lake of the Ozarks.


A sport boat on Lake of the Ozarks

Your Missouri Lake Guide

Dip, dunk, drive, or drop a line in these idyllic Missouri waters.


February 21, 1931

The gates of Bagnell Dam were closed on this day.


Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

The 2020 reader’s choice awards are here.


Bagnell Dam Lake of the Ozarks

October 19, 1931

Bagnell Dam was completed and water began to back up forming the Lake of the Ozarks and covering towns like Linn Creek.