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Bagnell Dam

Lake of Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO 65049
+1 800-552-7583
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I was expecting a nice view of a well maintained area and dam. What we found was a crumbling... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
via mobile
Unique structure with a lot of history

Bagnell Dam is a privately owned dam that creates the Lake of the Ozarks,also privately owned, but... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2017
Glensted Mo
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Lake of Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO 65049
+1 800-552-7583
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

I was expecting a nice view of a well maintained area and dam. What we found was a crumbling concrete dam (yes they were repairing it, looks like they should have started on it 10 yrs ago) a sign about the dam that looked 30...More

Thank Maatttt
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Bagnell Dam is a privately owned dam that creates the Lake of the Ozarks,also privately owned, but open for public use. The land around the lake is privately owned, so individuals and developers can own land up to the water front. Not like Corps of...More

Thank KentGlenstedMo
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Entertaining and not expensive. We loved this it brought back many childhood memories. The place has changed so much. Still fun.

Thank SandraT1986
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Spent a few hours walking the strip and saw about everything. Some cute shops full of touristy knick knacks, but nothing to rave about. Henna tats for the kids and delishous ice cream!

Thank jwin7831
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Nice dam, you are able to drive up to the back side where there is a lot of fishing going on. There is a boat launch there. The drive across the dam gives you a great view of a beautiful lake. The "strip" on the...More

Thank Laurie B
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Go to the Willmore house exhibit on the Adam, then visit the dam! The history is fascinating! It's worth checking it out

Thank Carolyn M
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Was nice to drive over the dam again. Haven't been here for many years. Brought back memories. Would love to take the boat tour sometime!!

Thank Sharon W
Reviewed 30 July 2017

...the actual visitor center for the dam is actually Willmore Lodge down the road. There is a strip of touristy stores to shop close by. Lodge is worth the time if you are looking for a history of the dam/lake.

Thank 5CUBEZ
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Drove over the dam, then took back roads to view the dam from below. We did this in July. If you do this on cold January days, you will see lots of balk eagles.

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Go to the viewing area on the North side below the dam. This can be great fun for the kids to watch fish, and eagles.

Thank BG H
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Sharon W
12 April 2017|
Response from ArriveAliveLady | Reviewed this property |
Bagnell dam top is a two lane dam roadway. Below the dam is campground. I would say no. Two lane roadway with no shoulder and gravel road campground. But check with Osage beach city hall for other access.
24 June 2015|
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Response from Tim M | Reviewed this property |
They no longer offer guided tours. You can only access the outer portion of the dam on the east and the musuem on the west side of the road.