In the early 1980s, Lake of the Ozarks had few public launching areas. These often could not meet boaters' demands and limited access to only small portions of the lake.
Fortunately, private landowners offered to sell property at Gravois Mills to the Conservation Department. Local business owners, community leaders and area residents realized the potential economic benefits to the community and encouraged construction of a public fishing and boating access area. Gravois Mills Access, the first door to Lake of the Ozarks, opened in 1985.
Since that first development on the upper Gravois Arm, the Conservation Department has purchased and constructed facilities at four additional sites around the lake-Coffman Beach, Shawnee Bend, Larry R. Gale Access and Brown Bend Access. The Conservation Department has acquired a fifth area, Brickley Hollow Access, with construction planned at a future date.
Our goal is to have public access areas about 10 miles apart. These include the three access areas on the Glaize Arm provided by the Department of Natural Resources, two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers areas on the upper Osage Arm and the launch site at Warsaw City Park.
In the future, the Conservation Department wants to provide at least three more access areas in the Linn Creek, North Shore and Hurricane Deck/Parvis Beach areas of the lake-if suitable property from willing sellers becomes available.
All Conservation Department access areas at the lake are disabled accessible and accommodate people in wheelchairs. They are safe and convenient areas to launch your boat and park your vehicle and trailer. They also offer good places for bank fishing, picnicking or just enjoying the scenery. The next time you catch fishing fever or need to get away, check out these open doors to Lake of the Ozarks.
For more information on boating safety, contact the Missouri State Water Patrol, P.O. Box 1368, Jefferson City, 65102.
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