For many years, we enjoyed sharing a “lake house” with my in-laws. Nothing fancy, just all full of used furniture, discounted carpeting, and comfortable love. But as our sons became men they moved away from Missouri and the house became our burden……upkeep and yard work and lack of time. And things change and we sold the house. We have not been back to the Lake of the Ozarks for at least 5 years and, with our RV, we really did not intend to go back. But the Fourth of July was coming, we needed to move, and I found a campsite at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.
The Lake of the Ozarks is an engineered, hydro-electric dammed body of water fed by many area rivers and streams. It is set in the middle of Missouri in the Ozark Mountains (the only “mountains” between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains). The area is hilly and rocky and hilly and dry and hilly; well, you get the idea…….I looked online at every site in the park and checked the slope on each one to find the most “level” site before settling on a 1.8″/10′ slope and hoped for the best. This state park is cut into several sections, some separated by long lake fingers of water and the campground is away from the main body of the lake on the GrandGlaize arm. It begins at the highest point along a ridge and falls down rapidly to lake level with 5 separated campgrounds along the way. The first campground has the only 50amp sites long enough for big rigs, but there were no water/sewer hookups. The park is very nice with history and hiking/biking trails, horse-back riding, an airport, playgrounds, camp store, boat launch and 2 sand beaches (man-made). The shower house near Campground #1 was just nasty…..funny story though…….as I was entering the ladies side to shower one morning the door was latched from the inside. An older gentleman and his wife came to the door, unlatched it and left together —- whaaaattttt?
We did have fun during the weekend meeting up with friends we haven’t seen in a year or so, checking out some of our previous hang-outs and just relaxing. No more coughing, feeling better every day.