Family Outdoors: Fishing|Hunting|Camping



Family Outdoors: Fishing|Hunting|Camping
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About Camping in Lake of the Ozarks Region

Public Campground Options at Lake of the Ozarks

Private Campground Options at Lake of the Ozarks

Fishing Guides around the Lake of the Ozarks

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By Jay Dugger (Aerial Panorama of Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe Lake of the Ozarks means many things to many people.  It's a party destination for some, it's a family vacation destination for others, and there are even those places where a person can find peace and solitude.

If you would like to learn how to camp at the Lake of the Ozarks and save money, here's a great place to start.  What a great way to plan a family vacation!

Camping at the Lake of the Ozarks can be a way to have a very nice vacation at a famous Midwestern resort area, and save quite a bit of money. However, unlike some other lakes that are owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, there is not nearly as much publicly owned land around this lake as some other lakes. If the main activity you wish to enjoy is swimming or other water related activities, finding a campground with access to the lake is paramount. The purpose of this article is not to put in a plug for any private campgrounds, but to give general information on where to look, what general price structure you will be find, and what the general atmosphere is in these areas.

Lake of the Ozarks Public Campgrounds:

Lake of the Ozarks State Park

The Missouri State Park System operates a very nice campground at Lake of the Ozarks State Park. There are sites designed for tent campers as well as the RV crowd. The associated services are also provided such as a dump station, showers and laundry. These services are operated during the visitor season between April and October. There is also a Camper Store located near the campground entrance. Campsites run between $10 per night and $26 per night (as of March 2010), depending on the site you will be using. The Missouri State Parks also allows reservations to be made for some of the sites, and on busy weekends the sites can go fast. A reservation is a good idea. Reservations can be made by calling 877-422-6766, or by visiting the Missouri State Parks Website.

One very nice aspect of this park is that there is a multitude of recreational opportunities right in the park. One very interesting attraction in the park is Ozark Caverns. There is a variety of different tours that are available. The cave is closed mid-October until mid-April. For more information, call 573-346-2500.

In addition to this attraction, at the park there are hiking trails, boat launches, fishing access, and much more. It really can serve as a complete destination, but it is close enough to the other Lake of the Ozarks attractions.

Lake of the Ozarks Private Campgrounds:

There is a multitude of private campgrounds at or near Lake of the Ozarks. Most of these are very reasonably priced - as a matter of fact, no more expensive than in the state park. Many of these campgrounds offer sites right on the water. Some offer a variety of services like boat rentals, fishing guide services, wifi, fishing tackle and bait, groceries and more. Some of these campgrounds are located centrally to shopping and the many Lake of the Ozarks attractions. Some are located at more remote parts of Lake of the Ozarks, if that is what you are after. Check with each one to see what discounts they offer.

Camdenton KOA | 17 Bull Run Bluff Rd. Camdenton, MO 65020 | (573) 346-7815 | | Open Apr. 1 - Nov. 1

80 total sites: 24 pull thrus, 42 full hookups, 14 tent sites, motel unit, rental park model, 30-50-100 Amps. Facilities: gas dock, pool, playground, covered docks, laundry, store, game room, restrooms/showers, RV/boat storage, nature trails, launch ramp, crappie beds. Other: Fire rings, firewood, lake access, picnic tables, groups welcome, pets welcome, level shady sites, seasonal and monthly rates, handicap accessible. Located Hwy 54 West of Camdenton, approximately 4 miles from stoplight to Lk. Rd. 54-82, Follow signs - 3 miles on blacktop.

Cross Creek RV Park | Highway W, Lake Ozark, MO | (888) 250-3885 | Open Apr. 1 - Nov. 1

75 total sites: 7 pull thrus, 50 full hookups, 25 tent sites, 20-30-50 Amps, cabin-treehouse and island rentals. Facilities: Laundry, shuffleboard, horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, free wifi playground, store, swimming pool, pavilion, mini golf, private 10 acre stocked fishing lake, restrooms/showers. Other: fire rings, firewood, lake access nearby, pets welcome, groups welcome, nature trails, outdoor games, picnic tables, boat rental (paddle boats), bait & tackle, shady sites, seasonal/monthly rates. Disc: KOA, Active Military, Good Sam. Located 2 1/2 miles N.W. of Bagnell Dam on Hwy "W", turn right at the gray storage building, go one mile.

Der Vater's Edge RV Park and Marina | 15 Der Vater/s Edge Dr., Camdenton, MO 65020 | (573) 346-5230 | | Open Apr.1 - Oct. 31

27 total sites: 27 full hookups, 20-30 Amps. Facilities: propane, dump station, ice cream parlor/store, laundry, covered docks, 33 boat slips, restrooms/showers, launch ramp, gas dock. Other: 8 shoreline sites, picnic tables, lake access, pets welcome under 20 lbs, grills, bait and tackle, pontoon and fishing boat rentals, level shady sites. Located off U.S. 54 in Camdenton, go 2  miles west from Camdenton to east end of bridge, turn south onto West Lake Park Dr. (Lk. Rd. 54-76, go one block).

Hava Space RV Park | 13242 Montana Rd., Gravois Mills, MO 65037 | (866) 332-4454 ~ (573) 372-3466 | | Open Year Round

32 total sites: 22 pull thrus, 32 full hookups, 2 cabins, 20/30/50 Amps. Facilities: Pavilion, swimming pool, hiking/nature trails, store, laundry, playground, restrooms/showers, RV/boat storage, dump station. Other: picnic tables, level sites, groups welcome. Located on MO Hwy 5 at the corner of P Rd. 4.5 miles north of Laurie and 2.5 miles south of Gravois Mills.

Linn Creek Campground | 137 Landrus Circle, Linn Creek, MO 65052 | (573) 346-5488 | | Open Mar. 15 - Oct. 30

45 total sites: 20 pull thrus, 20 full hookups, 5 water and electric, 20 tent sites, 20-30 Amps. condo rental. Facilities: dump station, playground, pavilion, restrooms/showers, laundry, dock, ramp. Other: pets welcome, picnic tables, level, shady and grassy sites on waters edge, lake access. Located on Lk. Rd. 54-69 in Linn Creek, turn at City Hall, follow blacktop to campground.

Majestic Oaks Park | P.O. Box 525, Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | (573) 365-1890 | | Open All Year

85 total sites: 10 pull thrus, 55 full hookups, 11 water and Electric, 17 tent sites, 2 cabins, 20-30-50 Amps. Facilities: Propane filling station, cable tv, swimming pool, dump station, laundry, playground, restrooms/showers, store, RV/boat storage, game room, basketball, horseshoes, hiking/nature trails, pavilion, shuffleboard courts, Wi-Fi. Other: lake access nearby, fire rings, firewood, picnic tables, seasonal/monthly rates, groups welcome, pets welcome, large shady sites. Disc: AAA, COA, Active Military, Good Sam, SKP, FMCA. Located on St. Rt. "W" 4.5 miles Northwest of Bagnell Dam.

Osage Beach RV Park | 3949 Campground Lane, Osage Beach, MO 65065 | (573) 348-3445 | Reservations: (800) 562-7343 | |

75 total sites: 32 pull thrus, 75 full hookups, 30-50 Amps, camping cabins. Facilities: dump station, laundry, propane, RV supplies, restrooms/showers, swimming pool, horseshoes, shuffleboard, 1/2 basketball court, group room, game room/pavilion, Wi-Fi. Other: handicap accessible, pets welcome, picnic tables, campfires permitted in selected sites, groups welcome, seasonal/monthly rates, cable TV. Disc: AAA, FMCA, SKP, Good Sam, FCRV, AARP. Located in Osage Beach 1/3 mile east of Jct. 54 and MO 42 on MO 42.

Ozark Trails RV Park | 4171 E., U.S. Highway 54, Linn Creek, MO 65052 | (573) 346-5490 | | Open Year Round

73 total sites: 41 pull thrus, 58 full hookups, 5 water/electric, 15 tent sites, 20-30-50 Amps. Facilities: Dump station, propane, store, game/meeting Room w/ pool table, swimming pool, cable TV, WiFi, restrooms/showers, laundry, playground, RV/boat storage, horseshoes. Other: fire rings, picnic tables, wifi friendly, large shady sites, yearly and monthly rates, groups welcome. Disc: Good Sam. Located on U.S. 54, 1.5 miles west of Big Surf Water Park, 4 miles east of Jct. U.S. 54 and MO 5 in Camdenton. Military and AARP Group Discounts.

Riverview RV Park | 398 Woodriver Rd., Lake Ozark, MO 65049 | (866) 242-0851 (573) 365-1122 | | Open Mar. 1 - Nov. 15

85 total sites: 7 pull thrus, 75 full hookups, 10 tent sites, 20-30-50 Amps. Facilities: dump station, dock, laundry, propane, playground, swimming pool, restrooms/showers, store, RV/boat storage, game room, club room, stocked fishing pond, swim pond, on site rental RV€™, Wi-Fis. Other: fire rings, firewood, river access, picnic tables, groups welcome, pets welcome, cable TV, shady sites, weekly rates, bait and tackle. Disc: Good Sam, Sr. Cit., FMCA, AAA. Located on U.S. 54 at the Osage River Bridge, 1 mile east of Baymont Inn.

Peaceful Valley Resort and RV Park | 9 Peacemaker Dr., Sunrise Beach, MO, 65079 | (573) 374-5000 | | Open April 1 - Nov. 1

60 total sites: 60 full hookups; Water, 30/50 Amp Electric Service, Septic. 6 Full Hook-Up Lake Front Sites, 54 Full Hook-Up RV Park Sites. Facilities: 640' of Lake Front, Sandy Beach, Swim Dock, Covered and Uncovered Boat Slips, Laundry Room, Hot Showers and Restrooms. Neighboring: Bar/Convenience Store, Boat Launch, Gas Dock, Bait and Tackle, Ice. Other: Leashed Pets Welcomed, Groups Welcomed, Fire Rings, Picnic Tables, Nature Trails, Fishing, Crappie Beds, Seasonal/Monthly Rentals, RV/Boat Storage. Located Just 16 Miles North of Camdenton on Hwy 5, To F Road Follow to Lake Road F-8 (Left) Travel 1 Block on F-8 to Y in Road. Stay to the Right 1.2 Miles to Lake, RV Park & Resort.

The Dam Bait Shop and Campgrounds | 70 Legion Road, Lake Ozark, MO, 65049 | (573) 365-9135 or (573) 216-2084 | | Open March 1 - Oct. 31

80 total sites: 35 full hookups (most all are pull through), 45 tent sites. Facilities: Restrooms/Showers, River Fishing, Store, Boat Ramp. Other: Firewood, pets welcome, Bait and Tackle, River Access, Weekly and Monthly Rates, 24 Hour Security. Located Below Bagnell Dam on the South Side, Business 54, Lake Ozark to Legion Rd. Follow Signs.

Camping Paradise and Community Park | 630 Camping Paradise Dr., Roach, MO, 65787 | (573) 363-5559 | | Open March 1 - Nov. 20

64 total sites: 24 pull thru with full hookups, 30-50 Amps, 30 tent sites, selective primitive sites, 7 cabins. Facilities: swimming pool, restaurant/beer garden, private lake, playground, c-store, restrooms/showers, nature trail, golf cart rental, horseback riding, stocked fishing pond, banquet hall, canoe rental available. Other: picnic tables, grills/fire rings, pets welcome under 20 lbs. Located Hwy 54 West of Camdenton approximately 6 miles to J Rd., turn right, go 1/2 mile, follow signs.

Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guides:

If you are looking for you own fishing guide, as opposed to the one offered at the facility where you might be staying, there are quite a few from which to choose. Some will come an pick you up at your site (if near the lake). Most will have you come to the marina from which they operate. There are a lot of good reasons to hire a fishing guide on this lake. It is a very large body of water, and finding the great spots can take some time. Hiring a guide will smooth this process considerably. Once you have hired a guide once, you will often be able to go out on your own afterwards.

Lake of the Ozarks Fishing Guide Directory

The Lake of the Ozarks can be an outstanding vacation destination. However, because of its limited public access, advanced research is the key to an enjoyable stay. Hopefully, this information will get you pointed in the right direction.

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