With a plethora of recreational activities available, residents can bask in the outdoors. Lake of the Ozarks presents boating, fishing, swimming, tennis, water skiing, golfing, hunting, camping, and canoeing for fun in the sun. Home to Fourth of July festivities, horseback riding and Party Cove, residents head to Lake of the Ozarks State Park, the largest State Park in Missouri. The populace can also visit Ha Ha Tonka State Park on the shores of the lake, featuring hiking trails, caves and castle ruins.
The community also offers great shopping from the Bagnell Dam strip and Premium Outlets to antique stores and specialty shops around the lake. Families can also enjoy two waterparks, three show caves and several museums in the area.
Hosting year-round events, Lake of the Ozarks residents kick off the boating season at the Annual Spring Harbor Hop or head to the Blues and BBQ weekend in May. Gearheads can check out the free car, truck and motorcycle show of all makes and models lining the Bagnell Dam Strip in the summertime, or head to Lake of the Ozarks BikeFest in September for lots of motorcycles, live music, camping and food vendors.
Autumn presents the Versailles Old Tyme Apple Festival featuring a play, sock hop and other events. Residents can also visit Christmas on the Square in Camdenton or the Annual Lake Area Christmas Parade. Additionally, sports fans can go to nearby Kansas City for Chiefs or Royals games, and while there visit the Starlight Outdoor Theater, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art or the Worlds of Fun Amusement Park.
As part of the School of Osage School District or Camdenton School District, area students are served by Mills Elementary School, Lakeland Elementary, High Point Elementary, Miller County Elementary, Osage Beach Elementary, Osage Upper Elementary School, Lakeland High School and Osage High School. Lakeview Christian Academy, Dogwood Grove School, Prairie Union School, Hazel Dell School and Rainbow Academy offer private school options.
Lake of the Ozarks has two technical career centers, a four-year liberal arts college extension campus and a satellite community college. Higher education is provided by State Fair Community College, Missouri State University, Drury University, Miller County University and Central Methodist University, to name a few.
Bolstered by a diverse economy, the prominent industries in Lake of the Ozarks include retail, health care, education, manufacturing and hospitality/tourism. Thousands of acres of undeveloped land are available at attractive prices making Lake of the Ozarks an excellent site for both commercial and retail development.
Major employers in the area include Premium Outlets, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, Lake Regional Health Systems, Camdenton School District, School of the Osage District, Johnson Controls, Gates Rubber Company, Lodge of the Four Season and Tan-Tar-A Resort.
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