25 Coolest Midwest Lake Vacation Spots
Cool mix: Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Missouri's largest lake has 1,150 miles of shoreline—and just about as many ways to get out and enjoy it. The lake was formed in 1931, with the completion of Bagnell Dam. Developed over the years since then, "the Strip" evolved into a colorful kitsch-central, with fudge shops, old-time photo studios and souvenir shops.
But the lake is still the biggest draw, and fishing here is fabulous. Nearly 50 full-service marinas can hook you up with boat rentals. On shore, you can play 261 holes of golf or tour the ruins of a mansion at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, ride horseback at Lake of the Ozarks State Park or take a lantern tour of Ozark Caverns. And with more than 100 restaurants (including great sandwiches at On the Rise Bakery and fine dining at the Blue Heron), you'll have plenty of options to try during your trip.