Willmore Lodge & The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Willmore Lodge is the home of Lake Area Chamber of Commerce as well as Bagnell Dam History Museum. Stop by for visitor information and to hear sites and sounds from Lake of the Ozarks since passed. Willmore Lodge houses the history of our region. Learn the story of the Osage River, the monumental engineering project that became Bagnell Dam, and the development of the Lake of the Ozarks.
The Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in central Missouri. Extents of three smaller tributaries to the Osage, the Niangua River, Grandglaize Creek, and Gravois Creek, are included in the impoundment. The lake has a surface area of 55,000 acres , over 1,150 miles of shoreline, and the main channel of the Osage Arm stretches 92 miles from end to end. The total drainage area is over 14,000 square miles. The lake's serpentine shape has earned it the nickname "The Magic Dragon," which has in turn inspired the names of local events such as The Magic Dragon Street Meet.
It was a very close race between the winner and runner-up, but in the end it was Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks that won the most readers votes and the title of Best Recreation Lake. This large reservoir from the Osage River offers visitors more than 1,000 miles of shore. It belongs to Missouri’s biggest state park and is a sought-after vacation destination with a wide array of activities, from fishing to shopping to dining to spas. The Top 10 winners in the category Best Recreation Lake are as follows: 1. Lake of the Ozarks, 2. Big Bear Lake, 3. West Okobjoi Lake, 4. Lake Cumberland, 5. Lake Tahoe, 6. Lake Havasu, 7. Lake Michigan, 8. Lake Coeur d”Alene, 9. Flathead Lake and 10. Lake Powell. 10 Best and USA Today extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA Today.
Lake of the Ozarks Sign
The iconic sign was installed by the Lake Area of Chamber of Commerce in the Summer of 2012.
The sign is symbolic on many levels. It screams "you’re here" to a large percentage of visitors to the lake, and to the locals it says, "you're home". The goal of the sign is to reflect the stability of the lake community as one of the most unique resort areas in the country.
Bagnell Dam impounds the Osage River creating the Lake of the Ozarks. The 148-foot tall concrete gravity dam was built by the Union Electric Company (now AmerenUE) for the purpose of hydroelectric power generation. It is 2,543 feet long, including a 520-foot long spillway and a 511-foot long power station. The facility with eight generators has a maximum capacity of 215 megawatts. Construction started on the dam in 1929 and was completed in 1931. >>MORE INFORMATION
2016 Business Directory
2015 Community Map
The map is a printed publication produced by the area chambers annually.
Swing by your area chamber to pick it up. >>CLICK HERE
The directory is a printed publication which includes all chamber members.
This directory is published once a year and distributed through the three area chambers.
Swing by your area chamber to pick it up. >>MORE INFORMATION
The Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is a wonderful private, nonprofit, membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 600 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.
The Lake Area Chamber serves the Lake of the Ozarks community including North Shore, Lake Ozark, Horseshoe Bend, Osage Beach, Kaiser and Linn Creek. It is one of five chambers that surround the Lake of the Ozarks and is one of the largest in Central Missouri.