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A Brief Look at Lake History

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 Lake of the Ozarks measures more than 90 miles in length and has several tributaries supplying it. In total, it has over 1,100 miles of shoreline in four different Missouri counties. The massive body of water backed up behind Bagnell Dam is the largest manmade lake in the Midwestern United States.

At the time of construction it was one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and the largest in the United States. Built to provide hydroelectric power for customers of Union Electric, the lake quickly became a significant tourist destination for the Midwest. There are over 70,000 homes existing along the lake, many of which are vacation homes. Spectacular scenery characteristic of the Ozarks has also helped to transform the lake into a major resort area. More than 3 million people visit the lake annually.


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"We are very pleased to have found this great place on the lake. The week has been comfortable and relaxed and the homeoners have done ..."
"We really enjoyed your beautiful condo! Hope we can do it again."
"Nice home - well kept. Dock was great - fishing was fun. You can tell the owners want their guests to have a pleasurable stay. Prop..."
---Rick & Cathy Lewis, Kansas
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"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

Keys to the Lake Lodging Company, LLC is a diversified group that offers Vacation Rentals, Association Management, Residential and Commercial Property Management, Long-term Leases and Real Estate Services at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

With seasoned leadership, our company has continued to experience steady growth and shown solid performance by treating each of our clients with respect and dignity while staying informed on market trends. Our reputation for integrity, exceptional service and personal attention to our clients has struck a responsive chord. Keys to the Lake Lodging Company, LLC has raised the standard at the Lake of the Ozarks when it comes to Vacation Rentals.

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Why come to the Lake?

It's so easy to get to the centrally located Lake of the Ozarks. It's just 175 miles from St. Louis, 165 miles from Kansas City, 125 miles from Branson, and less than a day's drive from anywhere in the central United States.

The affordable, family-friendly Lake-area offers outstanding activities for anyone of any age.  There are plenty of fun activities for the kids, like outdoor and indoor waterparks, go-kart tracks, mini-golf, arcades, and much more.  Adults can enjoy playing championship golf, fishing, wine tastings, art galleries, shopping, soothing spa treatments, and everything in between.


From high cliffs to underground caves, our great outdoors puts you in touch with nature. Wander the trails in our two magnificent state parks, glades, savannas, and dense forests.

Then there's the Lake itself. Enjoy it in your own boat or rent one from our friends at Iguana Watersports, or Glencove Marina. The Lake also offers narrated excursions and moonlight dinner cruises. From boating, swimming, fishing, or just sticking your toes in the water, there are all sorts of ways to experience our beautiful Lake.

At the Lake of the Ozarks you can dine at any of our 100+ restaurants to satisfy any appetite. Whether you come with the family or friends, everyone should find something to fit their taste.

Here at the Lake, you can be as lively or as laid-back as you want to be.  Bring your family, friends, colleagues, golfing buddies, or shopping companions to discover Missouri's memorable Lake of the Ozarks.