• Osage River Project

    Hailed as the most skillful engineering feat of its day, construction of Bagnell Dam began August 6, 1929. More Info...

  • Heritage

    Several hundred years ago the Osage Indians roamed the hills and valleys of what is now Missouri's Miller, Camden and Morgan Counties More Info...

  • City History

    A historic look at the several communities that make up is known as Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. More Info...

  • Museums

    Preserving much of the history of the Lake area are three museums and historic Willmore Lodge. More Info...

Lake History

Although Lake of the Ozarks is only 75 years old, the area is rich in history. The Osage Indians first settled the Ozark hills, but Lewis and Clark were the first to describe the natural wonders of the Ozark Mountains. Civil War, westward expansion, and railroads all helped develop this area, long before the Osage River was dammed.

You can read all about the Great Osage River Project and Lake of the Ozarks Heritage by visiting the various pages in the history section. And don't forget to check out the many museums located throughout the Lake of the Ozarks.