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9 Best Campgrounds at Lake of the Ozarks

Created by the impoundment of the Osage River in central Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks is a man-made watery haven for lake lovers. Boating, fishing, and cavern exploring are just a few of the top attractions of Lake of the Ozarks, and the best way to explore them all is to spend a few nights close to the shore. Spread throughout the sprawling arms and waterways created by the Lake of the Ozarks, awesome campgrounds await your arrival, ranging from RV-only spots to primitive camping surrounded by Ozark scenery.

Your best bets for great campsites span Lake of the Ozarks cities like Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, and Camdenton. All around the lake, though, there is a wide array of great campgrounds with quick access to the water and other nearby attractions. While Lake of the Ozarks State Park will always be on top of the list, other campgrounds, like Ozark Trails, Cross Creek, and Majestic Oaks can quickly become your new favorite. See this list of the best campgrounds in Lake of the Ozarks to help plan your next overnight stay:

1 Lake of the Ozarks State Park

Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Lake of the Ozarks State Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane
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Missouri's largest state park, Lake of the Ozarks State Park surrounds the Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and provides easy access to the lush scenery that defines the area. It encompasses open woodlands and lakeside views. Accessing the water is easy at Lake of the Ozarks State Park thanks to the two state park marinas, three public-access boating ramps, and two sandy beaches. Other popular activities here include hiking, fishing, and taking a guided tour of the Ozark Caverns.

For camping at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, patrons have quite a few sites to choose from. The Lake of the Ozarks State Park Campground itself offers nearly 200 campsites split over four different sections, with a majority offering electric utilities and ample parking space. Section two of the campgrounds is set up with vault toilets, while every other section provides flushing commodes and shower houses. In addition to the official campground sites, larger groups can reserve one of four group campgrounds within the state park, and designated primitive campsites can be found near the water.

Address: 403 MO-134, Kaiser, Missouri

2 Ozark Trails RV Park and Campground

Ozark Trails RV Park and Campground
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Located in Linn Creek, split between Osage Beach and Camdenton, the Ozark Trails RV Park and Campground features tent camping, cabin rentals, and 85 RV sites spread out over 38 acres. Pull-through and pop-up sites are available for RV users, and all sites offer level parking pads, full electric hook-up, and high-speed internet service. For other overnight users, Ozark Trails provides shaded camping spots and fully furnished cabins available for daily and long-term use. All overnight users at Ozark Trails have access to the many other features of the campground, including a bathhouse, beautiful hiking trails, and the campground store for any overnight supplies.

Address: 4171 US-54, Linn Creek, Missouri

3 Cross Creek RV Park & Campground

Cross Creek RV Park & Campground
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Just north of the main body of Lake of the Ozarks in the city of Eldon, Cross Creek RV Park & Campground provides perhaps the most family friendly amenities of any overnight space around. Whether you are pitching a tent or parking an RV, Cross Creek has some awesome places to spend the night. All the RV sites overlook the shore of the on-site eight-acre fishing lake, and the private "Survivor Island" requires a bridge to cross and delivers on a secluded setting. Five cabins are available at Cross Creek, including the unique Sycamore Tree House. Also on the grounds, a camping store, mini-golf course, and shower house all add up to an enjoyable stay at Cross RV Park & Campgrounds.

Address: 35 Gilliam Rd, Eldon, Missouri

4 Osage Beach RV Park

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Located in the northeast area of Osage Beach, with proximity to the area's top attractions, Osage Beach RV Park is an RV-exclusive campground that features full-service hook-ups, hot showers, and a swimming pool throughout the summer. It's not the cable TV or level parking pads that make reservations recommended at Osage Beach RV Park, however, it's the stunning scenery and easy access to the city that makes this campground a popular spot to park. Surrounded by colorful woodlands, Osage Beach RV Park is within walking distance of different shopping and dining options in Osage Beach and easy driving distance to the water and other top attractions of the lake. For those without RVs or recreational units, Osage Beach RV Park also offers five cabins.

Address: 3949 Campground Road, Osage Beach, Missouri

5 Majestic Oaks Campground

Majestic Oaks Campground
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Spread out over 47 acres, Majestic Oaks Campground features full-electric RV sites and secluded tenting options near the top attractions of the area. Located near the city of Lake Ozark and nestled into a lush woodland setting, Majestic Oaks Campground is the perfect place for a quiet family getaway. Popular on-site activities at Majestic Oaks include swimming in the pool, hiking the trails, and taking part in the various lawn activities, such as sand volleyball, horseshoes, and playground equipment. For overnight options, Majestic Oaks features more than 100 different RV sites, nearly a dozen secluded camping pads, and an assortment of overnight cabins to choose from. Every overnight user at Majestic Oaks has access to flushing toilets, running water, and the beautiful surroundings.

Address: 8 Majestic Oaks Road, Eldon, Missouri

6 Lazy River RV Resort

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Adjacent to the last stretch of Osage River before it becomes impounded by Bagnell Dam, the Lazy River RV Resort is a great place to relax near the water. Catering exclusively towards recreational vehicles and cabin rentals, Lazy River RV Resort features full hook-ups, pull-through sites and enough room for the biggest of rigs. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are available, and for anyone looking to invest, individual lots are available for purchase. With an abundance of forested space and common areas, including a swimming pool, and a great location near the lake, Lazy River RV Resort could truly be your home away from home.

Address: 120 Lazy K Road, Eldon, Missouri

7 Shorewood Landing RV Park

Shorewood Landing RV Park
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Located less than five miles from the Bagnell Dam via boat or motor vehicle, Shorewood Landing is a waterfront RV park that provides secluded surroundings. Situated at the end of the no-wake Jobson Hollow Cove, Shorewood Landing caters towards RV users and overnight stays with more than 60 full-electric sites and deluxe lakeside cabins. As well as the spacious RV sites at Shorewood Landing, all overnight users share access to laundry and shower facilities, playground sets, and an in-ground swimming pool. Adjacent to the resort and lining the cove, boat rentals and sandy beaches are available, as well as amenities like restaurants, marinas, and year-round fishing supplies.

Address: 73 Unicorn Road, Eldon, Missouri

8 Riverview RV Park & Campground

Riverview RV Park & Campground
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Located near the shores of the Osage River before it hits the Bagnell Dam, Riverview RV Park & Campground features RV and tent sites nestled in quiet surroundings. The campground is ideal for homebodies and adventurous families alike, with a convenient location close to Highway 54. Between the heated shower houses, stocked fishing pond and onsite general store for camping and fishing supplies, it's easy to enjoy your visit to Riverview RV Park. And between the full hook-up RV sites and shaded spots to pitch a tent, it's easy to spend many nights enjoying the accommodations.

Address: 398 Wood River Road, Lake Ozark, Missouri

9 Lake Ozark RV Park & Campground

With a close view of the Bagnell Dam from each RV and tent spot, the Lake Ozark RV Park & Campground features rows of full-electric RV spots and a full field of shaded tent camping options. All overnight accommodations at Lake Ozark RV Park have quick access to nearby flushing toilets and hot showers. For the anglers out there, the campground also features an on-site bait shop, open seasonally for fishing supplies. Lake Ozark RV Park & Campground also hosts special performances throughout the year with their abundance of space, most notably the annual Dam Jam, which always draws a big crowd at the height of summer.

Address: 70 Legion Road, Lake Ozark, Missouri

More Fun in Missouri

Outside of the best campgrounds, the many top attractions of Lake of the Ozarks can have you staying awhile, and the top-rated resorts of Lake of the Ozarks provide other overnight accommodations to enjoy. Beyond the lake and throughout the rest of Missouri, cultural hotspots like St. Louis and Kansas City wait to be explored, and other fun cities worth checking out include Branson, Springfield, and Columbia.

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