Discover Many Ways to Enjoy the Lake
Ameren Missouri's scenic overlook at Upper Power Plant Road provides a spectacular view of Bagnell Dam and the Lake of the Ozarks.
The overlook includes kiosks with information about the lake and dam, including a view of the Osage River valley from that location before the dam was built. One of the original turbines used to power the dam’s electric generators is also on display.
At Bagnell Dam itself, Ameren Missouri has developed a fish and bird observation area in partnership with the Missouri Department of Conservation. This area is located along a walkway leading to the Osage Energy Center's main office on the downstream side of Bagnell Dam.
The entrance to Upper Power Plant Road is located about one-half mile north of Bagnell Dam on Business Route 54.
Perched on a wooded hillside north of Bagnell Dam, historic Willmore Lodge houses one of the best free attractions at the Lake of the Ozarks. The lodge includes an interactive museum on the Lake explaining its history and the area's natural resources.
The log structure was built in 1930 as an administration building and lodge to house dignitaries visiting the Bagnell Dam construction project and the Osage Energy Center. Ameren Missouri reacquired the property and today leases it to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for use as a visitor center and chamber offices.
The National Hydropower Association (NHA) honored Ameren Missouri with its prestigious Hydro Achievement Award for developing the Willmore Lodge museum, along with the scenic overlook and other visitor facilities near Bagnell Dam.
Willmore Lodge is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 800.451.4117 or 573.964.1008, or visit www.willmorelodge.com.