Exploring Missouri State Parks: Lake of the Ozarks

This post is one in a series of 52 posts featuring a Missouri State Park of the Week for each week in 2015. To find all Missouri State Parks of the Week posts simply click here, or visit the “Outdoor Adventure” category on the homepage. Happy exploring in 2015 and enjoy the show!

Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest, and one of the most popular, in the state park system.

The park consists of some 17,600 acres with more than 80 miles of frontage on Lake of the Ozarks, a popular summer playground in Missouri.

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Established in the mid-1930s by the National Park Service, the land was turned over to the state in 1946.

The park is on the National Register of Historic Places because of the stone-and-timber structures build by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

The park has 12 trails, which lead through woodlands and glades maintained by periodic burns that promote the native wildflowers and grasses.

Ozark Caverns is located on the south end of the park and is one of four tour caves within the park system. Guided tours are given on a daily basis in the summer.

The park has two free public swimming beaches, two marinas with boat rentals and plenty of campsites and cabins with lake views.

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