LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. – There are many ways to enjoy the "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation, but one of the most memorable is sleeping under the stars and enjoying the splendor of an Ozark moon while sitting around the warm glow of a campfire. Camping and RVing are fantastic ways to experience the natural beauty of Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.
Over 20 campgrounds and RV parks dot the Lake area and offer all the amenities campers and RVers appreciate, especially Lake views and cool, shady comfort from the area's forests.
Whether a visitor's ideal camping trip consists of pitching a tent and unrolling a sleeping bag, pulling a pop-up camper or fully-equipped fifth wheel, or even "glamping" in a comfortable cabin complete with air conditioning and pre-made beds, there are options at the Lake to suit everyone's style. And, regardless of where visitors set up camp, they will be close to a wide variety of family-friendly attractions and activities. Highlighted below are just a few of the campgrounds that can be enjoyed around the Lake area, all offering a unique experience:
Bear Bottom Resort, RV Park and Campgrounds, located in Sunrise Beach, recently expanded their lodging options to include 24 spacious RV sites to complement its primitive camping options. There are mature shade trees, campfire pits and a picnic table at every site and visitors with an RV can choose from full hook-up sites to electric-only sites. The entire park is within easy walking distance of the cool waters of the Lake and available boat slips. All Bear Bottom guests can enjoy the resort pool and boat ramp as well as the endless hiking possibilities of the walking trails spread across 58 acres of woodlands. Bear Bottom also features comfortable cottages, a full-service restaurant and bar overlooking the Lake. And, during the warmer months, guests can enjoy live music on the weekends, boat rentals and two of the largest open flume body water slides in the state. For more information, visit BearBottomResort.com.
Cross Creek Campground and RV Park, located between Eldon and Lake Ozark, has twice been recognized as the mid-size park of the year by the Missouri Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. It's also one of the most unique campgrounds in Missouri featuring several tree house cabins for rent, secluded island for primitive camping, private eight-acre fishing lake, nine-hole miniature golf course, swimming pool, camp store and playground for the kids. In addition, other on-site activities include nature trails, hay rides, karaoke, sand volleyball and a Sunday morning worship service. For RVers, there are lakefront sites available and all sites offer full hook-ups and most feature 30- and 50-amp options. Cross Creek is situated on 70 pristine acres surrounded by hundreds of wooded acres, so it's a quiet and secluded escape offering a true back-to-nature camping experience. For more details, visit CrossCreekRVPark.com.
Majestic Oaks RV Park and Campground is set on 47 wooded acres just outside Lake Ozark. This park boasts some of the largest RV sites at the Lake, with large deluxe "Buddy Sites" that are popular with those traveling together in two RVs. For those who do not have an RV but have always wanted to stay in one, Majestic Oaks has a large, luxurious Jay Flight camper that guests can rent. The Jay Flight is a popular option, so guests are encouraged to call ahead to check on availability. Aside from the the RV spots, there also are cozy cabins and multiple primitive sites situated in a secluded hardwood forest complete with picnic tables and fire rings. The onsite amenities include a swimming pool, camp store, bath houses, playground, game room, volleyball and basketball courts, hiking trails and a pavilion perfect for groups and reunions. Majestic Oaks also hosts special events throughout the year. For rates, services and more information, visit MajesticOaksCampground.com.
Osage Beach RV Park, located in the heart of the Lake area, has been named one of the top Good Sam RV parks in the US by Trailer Life magazine. This clean and quiet park offers a variety of RV camping sites: long pull-through sites with 50-amp service as well as shaded back-in sites with 50- or 30-amp service. All sites are full service with water, electric, sewer, cable TV and free WiFi. In addition to RV sites, Osage Beach RV Park also features five cabins for rent, a swimming pool, playground, pavilion with tables and games, and horseshoe and shuffleboard courts. Throughout the summer season, the park also offers a non-denominational church service on Sundays for their guests. The park is walking distance from a golf course, shopping centers and restaurants. For complete details, visit OsageBeachRVPark.net.
Ozark Trails RV Park and Campground is conveniently located in Linn Creek. Ozark Trails boasts a selection of spacious and shaded RV sites, primitive camping sites and a group tent camping area that is ideal for reunions and other large groups. For guests that don't own an RV or don't want to set up a tent, but still want an enjoyable campground experience, there are two new log cabins and three fully-furnished one-bedroom apartments available for rent. All guests can enjoy the use of the picnic tables, fire rings, public swimming pool, game room, playground, horseshoes and hiking trails. For more information on Ozark Trails, visit OzarkTrailsRVPark.com.
Riviera Villas and RV Resort features many top-of-the-line amenities, including a zero-entry saltwater swimming pool.
Riviera Villas and RV Resort is the Lake's newest and most luxurious option for RVers. The Riviera grounds are situated just off the main channel of the Lake in a quiet, no-wake cove in Sunrise Beach. The park welcomes big rigs with sites up to 55 feet long by 30 feet wide. The spacious sites have concrete pads, fire pits, picnic tables and all have full hook-ups with water, sewer and 20-, 30-, 50-amp service. Amenities onsite include a zero-entry saltwater swimming pool, hot tub, fireplace, free WiFi, laundry, showers, sand volleyball, fishing docks, walking trails and more. For complete details on Riviera Villas and RV Resort, including villa rentals and RV rates, visit RivieraVillasRVResort.com.
Although all of the campgrounds and RV parks feature many amenities and activities, visitors would be doing themselves a great disservice if they didn't get out and explore all the Lake area has to offer. The Lake is home to some of the best fishing in the nation, two very popular and distinct state parks, four impressive show caves, 14 championship golf courses, a wine trail, over 200 restaurants, two waterparks, some of the best shopping in the state, lots of live music and plenty of special events throughout the year.
For a full list of campgrounds and RV parks, other lodging choices, as well as all the attractions and events available at the "Best Recreational Lake" in the nation, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the CVB's award-winning website, www.FunLake.com.