Lake of the Ozarks Landmark appears in Netflix Series

Linen postcard, Lover’s Leap at Lake of the Ozarks, 1940s.

Season two of the Netflix streaming series, Ozark, started on August 31. In Season 1, a few establishing shots were grabbed at Lake of the Ozarks, but the series itself was filmed in Georgia thanks to that state’s generous tax credits for filmmakers.  

To our utter amazement, the last scene of that first episode showed Marty Byrde’s (Jason Bateman) first sight of the Lake at a spot we recognized as Lover’s Leap, a precipitous bluff near the drowned town of Linn Creek.

J. W. Vincent, editor of the Linn Creek Reveille, included his version of the tale that gave the spot its name in his 1913 booklet, Tales of the Ozarks. Winona states she “will die rather than be false to her lover” before leaping off the cliff. 

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“There are fifty Lover’s Leaps along the Mississippi from whose summit disappointed Indian girls have jumped but this is the only jump in the lot that turned out the right and satisfactory way.” 

That got us working on our new project, Lover’s Leap Legends.  

(This feature is courtesy of Leland and Crystal Payton at Lens & Pen Press, publishers of all-color books on the Ozarks. Their next book, Lover’s Leap Legends, was inspired by their discovery that both the Osage and James had Lover’s Leaps. Mark Twain’s satiric comments on those legends added motivation and they have found Lover’s Leaps across the country. Their most recent book, James Fork of the White, was published in 2017. Some pages from this book can be seen on Their earlier river book, Damming the Osage, can be at seen

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