Anywhere from approximately 300 to 500 members of one of the most infamous motorcycle clubs in America will descend on the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend.

Anywhere from approximately 300 to 500 members of one of the most infamous motorcycle clubs in America will descend on the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend.

On Thursday, Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms confirmed the reports that have been swirling on social media regarding a Hells Angels Motorcycle Club meet up scheduled to begin on July 28 in Macks Creek and last approximately a week.

Local law enforcement agencies, including Lake Ozark Police Department, Osage Beach Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F Region, are expected to beef up the number of officers around the Lake, plans that have been in the works for months, Helms said.

“First of all, I have dealt with them three times coming in before, all three times they were not a problem. A problem can arise with the locals trying to pick a fight at a bar, someone trying to show they’re a tough guy,” Helms said. “We have about 40 (MSHP) troopers coming down and will have 30 or so deputies working throughout the day and night. My job is to keep the citizens of Camden County safe.”

Helms said he personally has been in contact with several members of the Hells Angels and have confirmed their intention of hosting a club meeting for midwestern chapters before another scheduled meeting on the west coast and the annual Sturgis bike rally set for the first week of August. In 2014, the Department of Justice designated the Hells Angels, along with seven other motorcycle organizations around the United States, as “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs” whose “members use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises.”

“I don’t anticipate any problems. They made it clear they want to have a meeting and have fun. They have planned their own meals, their own entertainment, and will run their own security (at Hardtail Campground in Macks Creek,” Helms said. “My concern is another rival motorcycle club coming in. We do have intel from federal and state agencies, right now the only people scheduled to come are friendlies, but that could change.”

The first year sheriff, but long time captain of CCSO has briefed his deputies on the extended manpower and overtime hours expected to come from this weekend. A temporary refreshment and cooling station is being prepared near the area. He’s asked his deputies to assist motorcycles in crossing Highway 54 traffic as to not cause accidents or altercations with other drivers as members usually travel in large groups.

“I believe the Hells Angels know who I am. They’re not stupid. They’re making sure their rights will be protected. They need to be protected. I will protect their rights as much as anybody else's,” Helms said. “We do this for any organization coming down here. It’s a show of presence. Are we expecting trouble? Absolutely not.”