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Lake of the Ozarks is one of the world's largest man-made lakes. Nearly 1,150 miles of area shoreline provides outdoor activities for increasing numbers of visitors. This lake has become one of the nation's most popular vacation spots in the Missouri's Ozark hills.
In August 1929, Union Electric Company began building Bagnell Dam because more electricity was needed for an expanding service area. The Osage Hydroelectric Power Plant at Bagnell Dam went into operation on October 16, 1931. Since then, it has consistently provided electricity, particularly during periods of peak demand throughout UE's 24,500 square-mile service area in Missouri and Illinois. The Osage Power Plant is one of nine generating facilities operated by Union Electric and one of three UE hydroelectric plants.
There is no question that construction of Bagnell Dam triggered development and was the beginning for the heart of the Lake of the Ozarks area.
The area today contains more than 200 lakeside resorts, hotels, motels and camp grounds which can accommodate 25,000 persons.
If you are planning on visiting The Lake Of The Ozarks, we hope that you enjoy your stay.