Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Lake of the Ozarks

A quick post about where we work - the "lake" is located in the south-central part of Missouri, just 40 minutes south west of the state capital city, Jefferson City. Sometimes referred to as the "Midwest Coast". The Lake of the Ozarks is a large man-made reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri. The lake has a surface area of 55,000 acres with over 1,150 miles of shoreline and the main channel of the Osage Arm stretches 92 miles from end to end. The total drainage area is over 14,000 square miles.
The lake was created by the construction of the 2,543-foot long Bagnell Dam by Union Electric Company of St. Louis, Missouri. Construction began August 6, 1929, and was completed in April 1931. The dam is operated and maintained by AmerenUE, the successor of Union Electric. The massive body of water backed up behind Bagnell Dam is the largest manmade lake in the Midwestern United States.

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