Bagnell Dam, Osage Beach

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  • It is not the coolest thing I have ever seen, but it is worth it to drive down to check it out. Stop by the lookout point for some great pictures and to read up a little about the dam, lake, and area.  more »
  • They need to rename the bagnell dam strip to the bagnell booze blvd, All the fun shops are gone, no more family fun except for dog patch and the fudge factory, its very disappointing. The strip is not...  more »
  • Each dam we have visited around the country always appears that it will really be something special. Each does have a special history, story and purpose. However, many begin to look a lot alike. Yes, ...  more »
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  • It was wonderful we launched our boat there and went fishing. My partner and myself caught about 45 keeper crappie. The only problem was with the area, at night there's no light at the boat ramp. They have lights there but they are inoperative and have been for quite some time. My understanding that that DNR is responsible for maintaining those lights. So if they could repair those lights it would be much appreciated by we night fisherman. Thank you!
  • We visited a few weeks ago when all 10 flood gates were open and dumping water like there was no tomorrow. We first started right at the wall and then drove down the road to the boat ramp. It was very full, the water was almost to the blacktop and shortly after we arrived, a ranger came to tell everyone they had to leave for safety purposes. Both areas have ample parking but only the boat ramp had restrooms and those are restrooms you should ONLY use if you are super desperate. :-( It's a nice place to picnic and if you've never seen the dam structure up close, it's pretty impressive. Apparently in the old days, you could tour the facility, but that doesn't happen anymore. When you see the signs on the side of the road that read "Overlook" or Dam anything, explore it. There are many nooks and crannies around the dam that we haven't even discovered yet.
  • Good place to go fishing. It does get a little crowded a times.
  • Can't ask to launch a boat any closer to the dam. This is a nice little launch for fishing boats.
  • Whether they have the water levels up or down, if you know where the deep holes are, you can find pretty good sized crappie, catfish, etc.

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