Spotlight on Missouri Wine Country: Lake of the Ozarks

April 26, 2018

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There are many wonderful destinations to discover in Missouri wine country, including the Lake of the Ozarks, a popular recreation and resort area. Located in the scenic Ozark mountains, the region features one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. You can stroll the shoreline without breaking the bank on costly coastal trips. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend or one filled with activities, the Lake of the Ozarks has something for everyone.

Photo courtesy: Lake of the Ozarks CVB


Union Electric Company of St. Louis created the Lake of the Ozarks by constructing the Bagnell Dam in 1931. The dam was created to provide hydroelectric power for customers of Union Electric. The Lake of the Ozarks was the largest man-made lake in the United States and one of the largest in the world at the time of its construction. The lake is sometimes referred to as the “Magic Dragon” because its winding topography, from an aerial view, resembles the shape of a dragon. 


The Lake of the Ozarks wine trail features several wineries, each with unique features and views. Enjoy delicious wines along with brick oven pizzas and flat breads at Casa de Loco. Golden Rock Winery features more than 30 different wines and a full restaurant menu based on a green kitchen platform. Seven Springs Winery and Vineyards sits on top 160 acres of rolling Missouri foothills between Camdenton and Osage Beach. You can enjoy a glass of wine on the covered porch and patio area while admiring the beautiful views. Relax in Shawnee Bluff Winery’s indoor tasting room and bistro or enjoy amazing views of the lake from the winery’s outdoor patio and decks. Shawnee Bluff Vineyard is nestled among 40 acres of beautiful views and grapevine and often hosts live music concerts.

Area Attractions

Photo courtesy: Lake of the Ozarks CVB

With more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that many visitors travel to the Lake of the Ozarks to enjoy water sports, but there are inland attractions that also appeal to visitors. Family favorites include Big Surf Water Park, Bridal Cave and Ha Ha Tonka State Park. Other attractions include go-karts, several golf locations – miniature and full golf courses, an indoor family fun center and history museums. You can also enjoy the surf and turf outdoor experience at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Missouri’s largest park located along the Grand Glaize Arm of the lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks hosts popular events throughout the year including the annual air show, Dogwood Festival, Magic Dragon Street Meet, Aquapalooza and the Midwest Wine and Brew Festival.

For those who don’t slow down when the sun dips below the horizon, the lake offers a nightlife that doesn’t disappoint. Cafes, lounges, bars or grills, there are a variety of venues that stay open late. Hit the strip and enjoy wonderful food and live music.

The Lake of the Ozarks can also be an oasis for those seeking a little rest and relaxation. There are several spa and wellness centers located in the area. After a day spent exploring the region, you can wind down in a cozy bed and breakfast or spend the evening at Shawnee Bluff Winery Lodging featuring rooms with unobstructed views of the lake.  

The next time you want to get away from it all, escape to the Lake of the Ozarks, a region that offers an abundance of activities and delicious Missouri wine.