The Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarksin central Missouri. Extents of three smaller tributaries to the Osage, the Niangua RiverGrandglaize Creek, and Gravois Creek, are included in the impoundment. The lake has a surface area of 55,000 acres (223 km²), over 1,150 miles (1,850 km) of shoreline, and the main channel of the Osage Arm stretches 92 miles (148 km) from end to end. The total drainage area is over 14,000 square miles (36,000 km2). The lake’s serpentine shape has earned it the nickname “The Magic Dragon,” which has in turn inspired the names of local institutions such as The Magic Dragon Street Meet.

 

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