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“Camping: A tick nightmare”

Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Kaiser
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the solitude of an undeveloped cove hidden along the shorelines of one of Missouri’s largest lakes. Swim, fish, boat or simply take in the view from a shady campsite or picnic area overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks. The park offers the opportunity to enjoy a variety of recreational activities on the lake, on shore or underground with a tour of Ozark Caverns.
Reviewed 25 June 2013

There are 4 loops in this campground. We originally booked a spot in loop one.. Based on the site/bathroom ratio. Photos of our site were deceiving and our TT barely fit. The rangers helped us figure out what sites would be open and we drove around to find a better spot. Loop 2 was a straight road with wooded sites, loop 3 was nicely wooded but we choose loop 4.. The largest of the group, but closest to the lake. Bathrooms were large and showers were clean, but the woman's bathroom needed a bit more care, as people were not very sanitary in the disposal of their supplies:( we set up camp in a non-reservable site that was open.

The campground was nice and the occupants friendly. We were a short walk to the marked off swimming area. Our visit was HOT and extremely humid, so a dip in the lake was necessary each day. The water was comfortable... However the lake is dirty (different from our clear water and sandy bottomed lakes here in Michigan) and I'm not sure I'll ever be able to wash the dirt out of our suits!

They offered pontoon boat (and fishing boat) rentals, so we booked it with a tube for a few hours. Their summer hours were puzzling as they were open daily from 9-4pm. Not early enough for fishing in the mornings before it gets crazy hot and not late enough to enjoy a cooler part of the evening.. Regardless, we were glad to have rented it for just two hours.

They have docks to fish off, and we caught a handful of small fish, but not enough to keep the kids entertained. The water is muddy so you cannot see anything while fishing.

Our biggest complaint was their serious TICK problem! Oh my! We have never encountered them before (Michigan has them... But no where near this). My husband and daughter went for a walk.. Just off the trail and only for a few minutes looking for a turtle they spotted. When they arrived back into camp... Ticks were all over them!! Everywhere and in every crevice! I pulled at least 8-10 out of their skin and found one large one buried in my daughter's back below her underwear waist! Now we were all completely freaked out and from that point forward we did not attempt to walk the trails in this beautiful wilderness. After a few days and finding them everywhere, even while sitting at our site.. We called our trip done and packed up looking for something out of the Missouri heat and tick-ville!

Over all, it's a good place to come to if you have water toys! Launch pad is right off loop 4. And, if you aren't afraid of ticks. The Missourians had no complaints and it seems to be part of everyday life there there. But, being that they were so prevalent and on the kids.. It was too much for our group and we needed to leave.

4  Thank akandes1
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

Love these cabins so much this was the second time in a year going there and we are already planning a summer trip with the girls at work. Rustic cabins with no running water and the ameneties that go with that, but electric, a/c, ceiling fan, and wood burning stove make it great for summer or winter. LOVE IT!

Our stay was from March 22nd thru the 24th of this year. If anyone was around Missouri at that time, you might remember that 13 inches of snow dropped that Sunday. Well after taking a little too long for the wood stove to warm the place up and the "supplemental heating" not supplementing at all, we bought a space heater in town. That's the only reason I haven't given the cabin at the park 5 stars. Once warm though, we really didn't need the space heater. As long as we stuffed the stove before bed, it wasn't too chilly in the morning.

1  Thank Karree75
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We stayed at this campground over Memorial Day Weekend in section 1. Although this section is the farthest from the beach, each site has more room and distance between the next campsite. There were also electric hook ups and pull throughs.

Each section has a playground, shower house, and garbage bins. There are two dump stations within the park to ease with congestion. Section 1 also has a handicap restroom building with its own parking space. A convenience store and laundry can be found at the entrance. The marina rents canoes and boats and has a gas pump. The beach area is family friendly.

The people who work here are friendly and extremely helpful. The park was clean and quiet after 9pm.

3  Thank DeeandLolo
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

We took a scenic drive through Lake of the Ozarks State Park. There are lots of hiking trails of varying lengths throughout the park. There are docks to fish from which had 10 or so people using it when we were there as well as boat ramps and campgrounds. It is a large park with lots of trees and shade.

Thank obitwriter
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

My sister and I have been to the park two years in a row! The cabins are comfortable, rustic and so cute! Wood stoves in them if needed, a cute little kitchen prep area and the loft beds were comfy. No AC, running water or electric but sometimes its nice to just go easy. Don't recommend if it's really hot, they don't cool down too well and nights can be quite stuffy. Oh, the best part is the affordable price!

Thank Peggy A
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