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Lake of the Ozarks News

Dora Ann Stidham

Date: 1/18/2017 2:34:00 PM

Rickey Head of Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Kellie Roby & husband Carl of Rockwall, Leslie Wadsworth & husband Spencer of Los Angeles, CA, and Erica Head, great grandchildren; Kaydence Perry, Kinlyn Perry, Kotton Perry, Cassie Brock, Colby Hinkle

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Before the lakes came in

Date: 1/18/2017 1:51:00 PM

Lake Taneycomo on the White River, impounded by Powersite Dam in 1913, and the Lake of the Ozarks on the Osage River, completed with the construction of Bagnell Dam in 1931, were the Ozarks’ major lakes in the first half of the 20th century. The changes

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The Real Story Behind The Family Stabbed At Lake Of The Ozarks

Lake Expo

Date: 1/18/2017 4:47:00 AM

LAKE OZARK, Mo. — A bloody scene Sunday left a family scarred for life. Three lay stabbed, one is fighting for life, and the alleged assailant is one of their own. A quiet neighborhood is in shock from what started in public as rumors and some social

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Rain Returns Thursday

ABC 17 News

Date: 1/18/2017 3:50:00 AM

Rain increases on Thursday morning as early as 3AM near the Lake of the Ozarks. Some instability will bring a few thunderstorms and possible rumbles of thunder. Showers look to lift near I-70 in Columbia by 5AM-7AM. There will likely be rain for Thursday

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Upgrades to Begin This Spring on Depression-Era Bagnell Dam

Date: 1/17/2017 7:39:00 AM

In a recent announcement, Ameren Missouri, owner of the Bagnell Dam which holds back Lake of the Ozarks, stated that the dam will receive $52 million in upgrades beginning this spring. Part of the upgrades will include the addition of 68 new anchors that

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• River: Osage River
• Length: 1,100 Miles
• Surface Area: 55,000 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 130 feet
• Length: 92 Miles
The Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri. Extents of three smaller tributaries to the Osage, the Niangua River, Grandglaize Creek, and Gravois Creek, are included in the impoundment. The lake has a surface area of 55,000 acres, over 1,150 miles of shoreline, and the main channel of the Osage Arm stretches 92 miles from end to end. The total drainage area is over 14,000 square miles. The lake's serpentine shape has earned it the nickname "The Magic Dragon," which has in turn inspired the names of local institutions such as The Magic Dragon Street Meet.

A hydro-electric power plant on the Osage River was first pursued by Kansas City developer Ralph Street in 1912. Street put together the initial funding and began building roads, railroads and infrastructure necessary to begin construction of the dam, with a plan to impound a much smaller lake. In the mid-1920s, Street’s funding dried up and he abandoned the effort.
Bagnell Dam.
The lake was created by the construction of the 2,543-foot long Bagnell Dam by Union Electric Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The principal engineering firm was Stone and Webster. Construction began August 8th, 1929, and was completed in April 1931. The dam is operated and maintained by AmerenUE, the successor of Union Electric, under the authority of a permit issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Lake of the Ozarks measures more than 90 miles in length and has several tributaries supplying it. In total, it has over 1,100 miles of shoreline in four different Missouri counties. The massive body of water backed up behind Bagnell Dam is the second largest man-made lake in Missouri.
During construction the lake was referred to as Osage Reservoir or Lake Osage. The Missouri General Assembly officially named it Lake Benton after the former Senator Thomas Hart Benton. None of the names took as it was popularly referred to by its location in the Ozarks. The electric generating station, however, is still referred to by the utility company as the "Osage Hydroelectric Plant."
At the time of construction it was one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and the largest in the United States. Though built to provide hydroelectric power for customers of Union Electric, the lake quickly became a significant tourist destination for the Midwest. There are over 70,000 homes existing along the lake, many of which are vacation homes. Spectacular scenery characteristic of the Ozarks has also helped to transform the lake into a major resort area. More than 5 million people visit the lake annually.
The lake rarely varies in surface elevation by more than 5 feet, with normal pool elevation of 660.0 feet above mean sea level. Unlike many flood-control lakes constructed by the Corps of Engineers, most of the shoreline on the Lake of the Ozarks is privately owned, and the relatively stable surface elevation has created ideal conditions for private development within a few feet of the shoreline.
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