Lake Ozark is a small town of less than 2,000 people in the Lake of the Ozarks region of Missouri. Other towns in the area include Lakeland, Lakeview, Lakeside, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and others. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest state park in Missouri. It was created when the Osage River was dammed beginning in the late 1920's. When it was built it became one of the largest man-made lakes in the world.
The Ozarks' spectacular scenery quickly transformed the lake into a major resort area. Boating, swimming, and fishing are very popular. There are at least 16 golf courses in the area. More than 3 million people visit the lake annually. Aerial panorama of Lake Ozark courtesy of Wikipedia and Jay Dugger; picture of Party Cove at Lake Ozark courtesy of Wikipedia and James Carr.