Bagnell Dam originated with US government work programs The New Deal, and formed what we know today as the lake of the Ozarks. Originally operated under a lease from the United States federal government by Union Electric, that company has now become Ameren. Bagnell Dam is an excellent source of hydroelectricity for the region. Now the lake has over 1,150 miles of shoreline and is about 94 miles from end to end. The Bagnell Dam was completed in 1931 to form what is now known as the best recreational lake in the United States, the Lake of the Ozarks.
Bagnell Dam impounds the Osage River, and is the last impound other than locks until the Gulf of Mexico just past New Orleans, Louisiana. Below Bagnell Dam, there are many Missouri State Parks and boat ramps, and provides excellent outdoor recreation of fishing, boating, camping, and scenic vistas.
Lake of the Ozarks is an anomaly being dammed on both ends, in that there is Bagnell Dam on the Lower Osage and the Truman Dam on the Upper Osage in Warsaw, Missouri. Along with both impoundments, the federal government mandates lake levels at Lake of the Ozarks. It is only allowed an approximate range of 6 ft in surface level change, with a drawdown over winter to prepare for spring rains. The lake is mandated to be back at full pool before Memorial Day each year.
Although full pool of 660 ft MSL is required at Lake of the Ozarks, there is the possibility of holding an additional 4 ft of water to 664 ft MSL in case of severe flooding. This is only implemented to hold additional water back from the Mississippi River basin. In the rare event of holding that water, there is usually lots of advance notice. There are areas at Lake of the Ozarks that are in a flood zone due to this possibility of 4 ft lake level increase.
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100 Trinity Pointe Drive
Camdenton, MO 65020
Trinity Pointe Condominiums
THIS MAGNIFICENT VIEW CAN BE YOURS to enjoy from this Exceptional 3 bedroom 3 bath condo located at the 31 MM! Open floor plan offers room for ente...
1209 S Maple Street
Eldon, MO 65026
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6336 Red Barn Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065
LARGE 6000+ Square foot FIVE BEDROOM home minutes from EVERYTHING at the Lake! Situated on a sprawling 2 acres with seasonal views of the lake with...
508 N. Hunter
Versailles, MO 65084
Delightful ranch home in the right location. New LVP flooring and updated lighting set off this 3 bedroom home with a sizable fenced in back yard. ...
183 Upper Monarch Cove UNIT 2C
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
Monarch Cove Condominium
Just hit the market! Check out this 3 Bedroom 2.5 Bath updated unit; wood laminate floors, tile floors, granite counter tops in kitchen, custom bui...
16 Marie Street
Iberia, MO 65486
Remodeled and charming, this 3 bed/2bath home is situated just outside of town in the quiet little subdivision of Pendleton acres. Nice-sized rooms...
30 Meadow Lake Drive
Eldon, MO 65026
Meadow Lake Estates
CUSTOM BUILT NEW CONSTRUCTION! Features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, master suite has a large walk in closet, ,and bath has double vanity. Open...
879 Buckridge Road
Climax Springs, MO 65324
Coffman Bend #2
Lake View & Lake Access Home with a great Main Channel View. There is a large Living Room with Sliders to an open Deck to enjoy the Lake View. ...
810 Palisades Drive
Four Seasons, MO 65049
Palisades Point #3
If you're looking for a Breathtaking View of the Main Channel, Look No Further!!!This Home has it!!!! Located on the highly desired Palisades Dr., ...