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Record walleye may be waiting in Missouri lake

Joplin Globe

Date: 2/19/2017 5:06:00 AM

Some very big fish have taken there in past years. There have also been some real lunkers caught beneath Truman Dam, as the fish run up the Osage River above Lake of the Ozarks. My friend, Rich Abdoler, a retired Corps ranger, told me that the walleye

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Explore Appleumpkin Recipes, Apple Recipes, and more!

Date: 2/19/2017 4:56:00 AM

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins! They only take 30 minutes to make! Family fun food to make while you are enjoying your new home in the Lake of the Ozarks- Jacobs Real Estate Partners. REMAX Lake of the Ozarks Missouri Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins

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Date: 2/18/2017 7:58:00 AM

The Best Pumpkin Bread with Brown Butter Maple Icing Recipe Family fun food to make while you are enjoying your new home in the Lake of the Ozarks- Jacobs Real Estate Partners. REMAX Lake of the Ozarks Missouri A close up was well-chosen for this bread

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Ozark County native honored with Missouri Dept. of Agriculture's Forestry Legacy award

Ozark County Times

Date: 2/17/2017 10:12:00 PM

The award was presented Dec. 16, 2016, at the 47th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture at Lake of the Ozarks. McGinnis and his wife, the former Ovia Marie Crisp, established their company in Cuba in 1968 as a stave mill selling white oak staves

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Lake of the Ozarks a great winter getaway

Date: 2/17/2017 4:37:00 PM

Lake of the Ozarks, located in central Missouri, is a four seasons fishing destination. There truly isn’t a time of year when you can’t catch fish. Conditions determine tactics, and timing can be everything, but winter offers anglers many opportunities

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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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