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Bagnell Dam, Osage Beach

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  • Bagnell Dam is a privately owned dam that creates the Lake of the Ozarks,also privately owned, but open for public use. The land around the lake is privately owned, so individuals and developers can o...  more »
  • Entertaining and not expensive. We loved this it brought back many childhood memories. The place has changed so much. Still fun.  more »
  • Spent a few hours walking the strip and saw about everything. Some cute shops full of touristy knick knacks, but nothing to rave about. Henna tats for the kids and delishous ice cream!  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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