The Magic Dragon

Lake of the Ozarks

September 2017 Feature Heather Magda Serrano

Picture a lake. What does it look like? Probably a larger body of water, not an ocean, but not a puddle either. It’s enclosed by land and the shape isn’t fixed. It could be more circular, ovular, or kind of shapeless but still a singular, wider expanse water.

Now take a look at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

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Not exactly your generic idea of a lake, is it? The shoreline runs wild, brazenly zigzagging, twisting, and winding. From an aerial vantage point, it resembles a slivering serpent. Due to its serpentine appearance, locals fondly refer to the Lake of the Ozarks as “The Magic Dragon.”

The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, covering 92 miles from end to end. The shoreline stretches approximately 1,100 miles. That’s longer than California’s coastline, which is 840 miles. So this is not your average pond.

This unique, scenic destination attracts roughly 3.5 million tourists between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Why? Because the Lake of the Ozarks has it all. From pretty much every aquatic activity you can think of to top-rated championship golf courses and gourmet dining. All while surrounded by beautiful views of woodlands, streams, glades, and the Ozark Mountains.

If you’re looking for a unique and professedly magical lake, the Lake of the Ozarks should be added to your list of places to visit.

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