Lake of the Ozarks State Park
|Lake of the Ozarks State Park|
Party Cove in 2007
|Location||Camden County & Miller County, Missouri, United States|
|Nearest city||Osage Beach, Missouri|
|Area||17,626.55 acres (71.3321 km2)|
|Elevation||771 ft (235.0 m)|
|Designation||Missouri state park|
|Administrator||Missouri Department of Natural Resources|
|Website||Lake of the Ozarks State Park|
Lake of the Ozarks State Park is a Missouri state park on the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and is the largest state park in the state. This is also the most popular state park in Missouri, with over 2.5 million visitations in 2017.
The park includes 85 miles (137 km) of shoreline on the lake (which has a total of 1,150 miles (1,850 km) of shoreline—mostly privately owned); two swimming beaches with imported sand, 12 trails, the Ozark Caverns, a boat launch, and the Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport which has a 6,500-foot (2,000 m) runway. In addition there are campsites and cabins within the park.
The park's initial development began in 1934 with creation of a Recreational Demonstration Area (RDA), one of 46 nationally and three in Missouri established by the National Park Service to convert sub-marginal farm lands to recreational purposes. Missouri's largest RDA, now known as Lake of the Ozarks State Park, was established three years after the impoundment of the Osage River at Bagnell Dam. Three Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps were busy over sixteen camp periods constructing group camps, administrative buildings, roads, a landscaped public beach, and other facilities. In 1946, all RDAs were donated by the federal government to the state park system.
- Historic sites
The following CCC-related buildings and national historic districts were individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 under their respective NRIS number and are included in the Emergency Conservation Work (E.C.W.) Architecture in Missouri State Parks, 1933-1942, Thematic Resources:
- Barn/Garage in Kaiser Area (NRIS 85000523)
- Camp Clover Point Recreation Hall (NRIS 85000502)
- Camp Hawthorne Central Area District (NRIS 85000526)
- Camp Pin Oak Historic District (NRIS 85001477)
- Camp Rising Sun Recreation Hall (NRIS 85000503)
- Highway 134 Historic District (NRIS 85000533) - This historic district encompasses 17 contributing buildings and 80 contributing structures originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1934 and 1942. They include several notable log structures, including a small shelter at the park entrance, the park office, the old pumphouse, and a rest room in the main picnic area.
- Pin Oak Hollow Bridge (NRIS 85002737)
- Rising Sun Shelter (NRIS 85000524)
- Shelter at McCubbin Point (NRIS 85000525)
- "Lake of the Ozarks State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Lake of the Ozarks State Park: Data Sheet" (PDF). Missouri Department of Natural Resources. November 2017. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "State Park Land Acquisition Summary". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- "Lake of the Ozarks State Park". Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
- “The 10 most popular state parks in Missouri“, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (July 1, 2018).
- James Denny. "The New Deal, the CCC, and Missouri State Parks". Ozarks Watch. Springfield-Greene County Library (Spring 1994): 13. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
- Cathy Sala (April 2018). "Emergency Conservation Work (E.C.W.) Architecture in Missouri State Parks, 1933-1942, Thematic Resources" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
- Bonnie Wright (January 18, 1985). "Highway 134 Historic District" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form. Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- Lake of the Ozarks State Park Missouri Department of Natural Resources
- Lake of the Ozarks State Park Map Missouri Department of Natural Resources
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