Fun, sun, excitement, and adventure await you at in the Ozarks Mountains of Southern Missouri. There are wonderful activities for tourists and families alike to participate in the beautiful and diverse area that makes up the landscape that make up the whole of the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Lake of the Ozarks Park- Named for the area community in which it encompasses, Lake of the Ozarks has a wide variety of activity that is certain to satisfy everyone who takes a trip there.

It is the largest park, with a 17,441 parcel of land, 85 miles of shoreline, two public beaches, plus boat launching areas. Lake of the Ozarks Park has its own airport too. The Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport has a 6,500 by 100-ft. runway, terminal buildings, and parallel taxiway to accommodate pilots and their passengers.

Nature lovers will enjoy a number of programs presented in the open-air amphitheater from May until mid October, which features slide shows or movies highlighting the pure and unaffected wonders of the Ozarks. Hiking trails, horseback riding stables, bird watching, caving, cycling, and four organized youth camps are among the many activities offered for tourists to explore.

2. Ha Ha Tonka State Park- It contains over 3,600 acres on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and is located five miles southwest of Camdenton on State Road D. There are 12 hiking trails, which will take tourists to such places as Devil¹s Kitchen and Turkey Pen Hollow, and eight caves in the area. There are numerous picnic areas, a playground, boating ramps,and outside exhibits to explore as well.

The rugged grandeur of the 3,600 area encompassed within Ha Ha Tonka State Park, first caught the attention of prominent Kansas City businessman, Robert McClure Snyder, at the turn of the century. Snyder became so enamored with the rare beauty of the landscape that includes underground streams and natural bridges. A large theater-like pit known in the area as the coliseum was formed over time when huge caves fell in on each other. A local legend states that the coliseum, was used by area Native Americans as a base for their tribal meetings.

Besides the day to day activities that are offered by both of these parks, annual events such as the: Cinco De Mayo Celebration, Mother’s Day Brunch, Spring Harbor Hop, Memorial Day’s Fireworks Celebration, and others are held at various times throughout the year. Anyone coming to the area and taking part in the many festivities offered by both of the state parks and the surrounding area are bound to come away from the experience with fond memories.

For more information on either of these two parks, please notify Lake of the Ozarks personnel at 573-348-2694, 573-348-1233 Store/Marina, or 572-348-6670 Stables. http://www.mostateparks.com/lakeozark.htm .Or Ha Ha Tonka at 573-346-2986
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