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Lake North

          It all began more than 80 years ago on the north side of the
          Lake, home of Bagnell Dam. Union Electric, now Ameren
          Missouri, managed the massive project from Willmore
          Lodge on Bagnell Dam Boulevard in Lake Ozark. Built
          in 1930, the 6,500-square-foot, Adirondack-style lodge,
          constructed of western white pine logs, was first assembled
          in Oregon, marked, taken apart, transported to the Ozarks
          by rail and reassembled at its present site. Today, Willmore
          Lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,
          houses the offices of Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and
          a fascinating museum about the Osage River, the incredible
          engineering project that became Bagnell Dam and the
          development of the Lake of the Ozarks.

          Willmore Lodge is one of the many attractions in the north
          area of the Lake, which includes the communities of Lake
          Ozark, Bagnell, Eldon, Four Seasons and Rocky Mount.
          Beyond Willmore Lodge on Business Highway 54, the
          historic Bagnell Dam Strip has delighted generations of
          families with its nostalgic appeal, shopping, arcades and
          diverse attractions.

                                                               4th of July  fireworks at The Lodge of Four Seasons
                                                               Grab your friends and family because there’s a lot to do
                                                               on the north side.  You can golf, mini-golf, ride go-karts,
                                                               parasail and more. Several marinas rent boats of all sorts
                                                               and excursion boats depart from the area’s docks for
                                                               narrated cruises. Treasure hunters enjoy the antique shops
                                                               in the area and diners appreciate the wide selection of
                                                               restaurants, from gourmet to fast food.

                                                                                     Lake Area Chamber of

                                                                                     Willmore Lodge Visitor Center
                                                                                     1 Willmore Lane, Lake Ozark
                                                                                     (Just north of Bagnell Dam)
          The Strip is home to several classic car, hot rod, boating  and bike events   Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
                                                                                     Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
          You’ll find numerous “mom-and-pop” waterfront resorts on                   (573) 964-1008
          the north side, including several that now serve the children    
          and grandchildren of families who have visited the Lake
          area for many years. Bed-and-breakfasts, cabins, condos,                   Eldon Chamber of
          hotels, motels and luxury resorts also offer comfortable                   Commerce
          lodging for anyone.                                                        Eldon Visitor Center
                                                                                     403 E North St, Eldon
                                                                                     Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
                                                                                     (573) 392-3752
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