OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- Big Thunder today announced plans to build a new $300 million tourist oasis next to the Grand Glaize Bridge in Osage Beach, Mo.

'The Oasis at Lakeport' will feature year-round entertainment, offering 20 acres of amusement rides and attractions, along with hotels, restaurants, amphitheater, marina and boardwalk. Amusement offerings will include roller coasters, thrill and family rides and a 200-foot-tall observation wheel.

The family resort and entertainment destination plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2023 for an opening in summer 2024 at the the old Lakeport property acquired by Big Thunder Marine in 2021, at Highway 54 and Jeffries Road.

St. Louis-based SkyView Partners and Tegethoff Development have submitted plans to the City of Osage Beach.

“Oasis at Lakeport will be an offering unlike any other in the region. We are excited about the opportunity to form a partnership with the Osage Beach community to build a new entertainment district for generations to enjoy,” said Todd Schneider, co-managing partner of SkyView Partners. “We look forward to elevating the family friendly offerings at this proven tourist destination.”

Fred Ross, owner of Big Thunder Marine and the Lakeport property, saw immense potential in the location since he first embarked upon the four-year endeavor of its acquisition. “Our pursuit of this property was propelled by an unwavering vision of its eventual development into an iconic family focused entertainment epicenter, and a tremendous asset to the Lake of the Ozarks. I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with SkyView and Tegethoff to execute upon this vision, and witness its manifestation into what will soon contribute endless memories to visiting families, and immense commerce to the Ozark community.”

Tegethoff Development was also a driving force behind The Preserve At Sycamore Creek, a planned $63 million apartment complex, which has received tax incentives from the City of Osage Beach, and is to be located two exits down Highway 54 from 'The Oasis At Lakeport.'

Mayor Michael Harmison speaks passionately about the new developments.

“The Osage Beach community has been asking for more family friendly entertainment options, and I am proud to work with SkyView Partners and Tegethoff Development to help deliver such a large investment to our city,” Mayor Harmison said. “This world-class team has a proven track record of providing high quality developments and attractions across the U.S.”

The Oasis at Lakeport, upon its completion, is estimated to generate more than 500 jobs and bring 500,000 visitors to Missouri.

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