Shoreline Management

Ameren Missouri is responsible for management of land within a project boundary established for the Osage Project under provisions of our federal license for the operation of Bagnell Dam and the Osage Energy Center, which created the Lake of the Ozarks in 1931. The Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) governs lands within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) project boundary. The purpose of the plan is to properly coordinate shoreline management activities at the Lake. The SMP defines the procedures and policies that Ameren Missouri has in place for successful shoreline management activities at Lake of the Ozarks, and the reasons why the procedures and policies are needed and important to all stakeholders for protecting the energy, scenic, recreational, and historic properties that are vital and unique to the Lake. 


All proposed shoreline improvements including docks, seawalls, decks, and other structures around the Lake must be permitted by Ameren Missouri prior to construction. This ensures that these structures do not become an environmental hazard, an obstacle to navigation, adversely impact sensitive and critical environmental resources, or become a threat to the safe operation of the dam and energy center. The policies, guidelines, and existing programs to manage the Lake of the Ozarks shoreline are contained in the SMP. For larger developments and commercial activities, the SMP policies and procedures require notification of additional resource agencies. This procedure ensures resource agency input before such activities are undertaken. 

Ameren Missouri’s SMP for the Osage Project includes four key components: 

(1) A description of shoreline conditions and development requirements

(2) Ameren Missouri’s review process, programs, and guidelines for managing shoreline development

(3) Shoreline Management Plan enforcement 

(4) A Shoreline Management Plan review and update process


Lakefront land owners partner with Ameren Missouri in protecting the resources of the Lake when following the provisions of the SMP. Our Lake Ozark office is open to the public and can help you with your shoreline plans. For questions, please contact Ameren Missouri's Lake and Shoreline Protection Hotline at 573.365.9203 or email us at

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