Lake of the Ozarks Voted Best Recreational Lake by USA Today and 10 Best!


Best Recreational Lake Winners: 2015 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -  It was announced Friday, July 24 that Central Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks was voted the “Best Recreational Lake in the US,” according to a USA Today readers poll.

The Lake of the Ozarks, which covers 54,000 acres with 64 billion gallons of water and features over 1,150 miles of meandering shoreline (more than the entire Pacific Coast of California!), beat out Lake Tahoe in California and Nevada, Big Bear Lake in California, West Okoboji Lake in Iowa, Lake Cumberland in Kentucky, among many others for the coveted top spot.

sunglass fishing girl baby“We’re just thrilled to receive this recognition,” says Jim Divincen, administrator for the Tri-County Lodging Association. “We are blessed that the Lake of the Ozarks has such a variety of recreational activities, both on and off the lake, that appeal to people of all ages.” Divincen continues, “There are so many ways to enjoy the cool waters of the Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, be it on-the-water activities like swimming, fishing, boating, tubing, wake boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking, or by taking in fun water-focused events like AquaPalooza, the Canine Cannonball and the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout powerboat races.”

The Lake of the Ozarks was among 20 lake destinations across the US selected by a panel of travel experts and journalists from USA Today, and other media outlets. Online voting took place over the course of four weeks, and although it was a close race, the Lake of the Ozarks received more readers’ votes and ultimately won the contest. For a complete list of winners

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“We simply could not be more excited,” added Divincen. “This is a testament to what a great family-friendly destination the Lake is and why we have nearly 5 million visitors to the area each year. We’re so very grateful and we would like to thank everyone that voted for the Lake of the Ozarks as the ‘Best Recreational Lake’ in the country.”
For more information about all the on-the-water fun and activities, and Lake-area events, attractions,  dining and lodging options, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-LAKE, or visit the CVB’s award-winning website,


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Lake lifestyle makes area one of magazine’s top retirement destination

Another great article about living at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Lake lifestyle makes area one of magazine’s top retirement destination

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. —

Lake of the Ozarks has been selected by Where to Retire, as a top retirement destination and will be profiled in the feature story “Laid-Back Lakeside Living.”
The July/August 2012 issue will be available nationwide on June 19, 2012.
Where to Retire editor Mary Lu Abbott said Lake of the Ozarks possesses qualities important to today’s retirees.
“Lakeside communities, such as Lake of the Ozarks, offer retirees a laid-back lifestyle away from big-city hassles and with all the recreational perks of water access. While our eight featured towns share many similarities, including proximity to health-care services, shopping and entertainment, they vary greatly in climate and setting – from the mountains to the desert. Another bonus: For the water-oriented, retiring around an inland lake is often less costly than a place on the coast,” Abbott said.
Other places being profiled for their laid-back lakeside living are Traverse City, Mich.; Murray, Ky.; Gainesville, Ga.; Granbury, Texas; Sandpoint, Ind.; Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.; and Lake Havasu, Ariz.
Each year, 700,000 Americans relocate to new towns to retire. Generally, relocating retirees are healthier, better educated and more affluent than those who choose to not relocate. They bring significant economic benefits to their new states and hometowns. Nationally, two dozen states and hundreds of towns seek to attract retirees as a source of economic development.
Where to Retire magazine, launched in 1992 with the goal of helping its readers find the ideal place to retire, is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Published six times a year, the magazine covers the best retirement regions, towns and master-planned communities. For more information on the magazine, visit