11 Lake of the Ozarks Fun Facts

The Lake of the Ozarks is a popular destination for tourists. Families come from all over for summer vacations. As the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, we want to help share some fun facts about the awesome area we get to call home! Check them out:


1. Bagnell Dam was built from 1929-1931. It was a beacon of light during the Great Depression, providing thousands of jobs to workers in the region.

2. At the time that the Lake of the Ozarks was completed in 1931, it was the largest man-made lake in the United States.

3. Every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, approximately 3.5 million tourists will visit the Lake of the Ozarks.

4. The Lake of the Ozarks earned its nickname "The Magic Dragon" because of its serpentine shape.

5. From end to end, the Lake of the Ozarks spans 92 miles.

6. There are over 1,100 miles of shoreline along the Lake of the Ozarks. This is longer than the coastline of the state of California.

7. The Lake of the Ozarks contains approximately 617 billion gallons of water.

8. The original purpose of Bagnell Dam was to supply electricity to St. Louis.

9. At the time that it was built, it cost roughly $30 million to build the dam. This would translate to more than $360 million in today's money.



10. The Lake of the Ozarks fills with 10,000 boats on major holiday weekends.

11. When Bagnell Dam opens all of its floodgates, 1,212,000 gallons of water can pass through in a single second.

Not only is the Lake of the Ozarks an exciting destination for summer vacations, but the area also offers a great business environment. Our chamber at the Lake of the Ozarks helps a number of area businesses thrive. Whether you're moving to the area, starting a new business, or looking for a unique way to help your existing business grow, the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce can help!

Contact the chamber today to learn how we can help your business thrive in the area. We look forward to supporting your Lake of the Ozarks business and kicking off Summer 2019 in style!

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