Summer has officially arrived. So plan to head and enjoy the longest day of the year with these 5 ways to celebrate.
• TAKE A PICNIC
Pack up your lunch and head to the Bagnell Dam overlook. You will get a great view of the Dam from on top of this scenic stop. You will get both a view of the Osage River valley and the Lake. There are plenty of shaded patio areas, benches and informative kiosks provide information about before the Dam was built.
From Lake Ozark, cross over Bagnell Dam and turn right onto Upper Power Plant Road.
• TOUR A MUSEUM
Located in Willmore Lodge (circa 1930s) www.willmorelodge.com
The historic log building has a large exhibit dedicated to the history of the Bagnell Dam Project. If you're interested in the rich history of industry in the Lake of Ozarks area, then Willmore Lodge should definitely be a stop on your history tour. The Adirondack-style Lodge was built in 1930 as the main administrative offices and entertainment facility for Union Electric's Bagnell Dam construction project.
Today, the two-story log structure is home to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is a cultural activities center, but it also houses a museum. The museum highlights an exhibit about life in the area before the Dam (including an exhibit about the Osage Indians), a room presenting information about the construction of the Dam from start to finish, an area dedicated to the form and function of Bagnell Dam, and an exhibit concerning the geography, geology, overall history of the Lake.
Make sure to take a walk down to the gazebo by the Lake. Great views and a peaceful spot to take photos.
Willmore Lodge is open all year on Mondays though Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ever seen the lake from a parasail? Now's your chance. Depending on which location you choose, you can get views of the Dam, Osage River, Grand Glaize Bridge and main channel of the lake. It's a thrill for any age.
It is recommended that you call to make a reservation. Cost ranges per person from $55-83/ person depending on length of ride and the number of "dips" you take into the water.
Who to call
By Bagnell Dam
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Lake Ozark Parasail
Bridgeport Marina (5020 Hwy. 54)
• MINI GOLF
When it comes to mini golf, the lake has plenty of places to go.
You can walk the plank down your choice of two courses at Pirate's Cove in the heart of Osage Beach. You are in for an adventure at either one. Waterfalls, benches and lots of landscaping surround each hole. Putt your way through the maze of caves, bridges and paths.
At Sugar Creek you will love the landscaping and native hardwoods used to construct the many buildings and bridges. There are two 18-hole courses in a park-like setting. Located in Lake Ozark.
Putt n' Stuff in Osage Beach also has two 18-hole courses featuring caves, waterfalls and rivers. On hot summer days shaded trees provide a cool breezes and so do the outdoor fans.
• GO FISHING
Grab a fishing pole and head out. You don't have to be an experienced angler just don't forget your fishing permit.
Tucked away in the Osage Beach City Park off of Osage Beach Parkway is a quaint yet fertile fishing pond that’s perfect for a quiet getaway or a great place to teach a child to fish.
The fully-stocked pond, which is actually a catch basin above the softball and soccer fields in the park, is easily accessible above the newly asphalted parking lot. The park is located at 950 Hatchery Road not far from the Osage Beach Premium Outlets. The park is open from dawn to 10 p.m. daily.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has a list of public fishing areas by county listed on their website. Go to www.mdc.mo.gov/fishing for more information.