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Old 08-24-2018, 10:11 PM
 
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So I'm looking at two properties one straight south of Versailles and the other between Rocky Mount and Eldon. Both seem to be pretty secluded areas from what I I can tell with maps. Which area would be my best bet for be secluded and away from the tourists?

Also, which areas of the lake would you suggest a guy looking to stay away from the seasonal crowds?
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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Neither area is going to see the heavy tourist traffic of Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, etc.

If you are talking about crowds on the lake itself, you will find fewer boaters up on Indian Creek than on the Gravois arm. If you are referencing the area itself, the Versailles area as a whole has fewer visitors. The particular location of your property will determine which is actually more remote.

In both cases the differences are negligible and almost any other factor involved would outweigh the impact of tourist season when comparing one against the other.

The upper reaches of the Grand Glaze arm always seems the most nearly quiet to me, but that is just a perception - I have no data.
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Old 08-25-2018, 07:35 PM
 
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Upper mile markers of the main Osage, say above the 47MM.
That's if you want to be on the water.
Anywhere around Versailles on the secondary hwys away from the water. Stay away from Hwy 5 and 52 on summer weekends.
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Old 08-26-2018, 06:33 AM
 
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Thanks guys! What are Versailles and Rocky Mount like?

Also, do you know what the hunting is like around the lake area come fall?
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Old 08-26-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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Thanks guys! What are Versailles and Rocky Mount like?

Also, do you know what the hunting is like around the lake area come fall?
There are plenty of hunting opportunities in the area - turkey, deer, waterfowl, game birds.

Rocky Mount is just a place name with perhaps six or seven buildings.

Versailles is a small town of 2,400, the county seat of a county with just 20,000 people.

The area economy is historically very agricultural and, like so many agricultural areas, has been slowly losing population for 30 years or so.
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Old 08-26-2018, 11:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the info. What are some of the nice little towns around the lake? What are some cool areas to visit?
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Old 08-27-2018, 12:07 AM
 
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What about Bull Shoals and Table Rock in far southern Missouri near Arkansas? Both less busy lakes although Table Rock can get busy too, but not as bad as Lake of the Ozarks. Bull Shoals is pretty rural.

Also, both areas are in the south (Ozarks type Southern) and the scenery is better imo.

Also another thing to consider is places like Table Rock is the weather. Being in the southern quarter of Missouri the weather will be noticeably warmer than Lake of the Ozarks in Central MO. Spring type weather will start a couple weeks earlier as well as in the fall you will get a couple more weeks of warmer weather as well. Also the winters are less harsh down by Bull Shoals and Table Rock. You will get a number of days where you can wear short sleeved shirts outside. The occasional snows also don't stick around too long down in far southern MO. since it gets up into the 40s in a few days after it usually. Since the weather is more southern down there they do get more ice storms in far southern Missouri though instead of snow.

Overall I prefer Table Rock. I'd love to live around there. Sure, the winter weather is nice in southwest FL, but at least up there you get some relief from the humid weather and yet the winter weather is tolerable.
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Old 08-27-2018, 03:05 AM
 
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I'm from Iowa and being a few hours closer will be really nice for when family want to visit. Also I do sales so being closer to a few larger cities KC and St Louis is good for work. Also I'll work in Colorado for a week each month and it will be a few hours closer commute. From what I've gathered for weather I don't see a huge difference but I've never experienced it.....Anything will be better then Central Iowa!

Also, isn't the hunting better in Central Missouri compared to Southern Missouri?
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Old 08-27-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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I'm not sure about Rocky Mount but the Versailles area has a noticeable Amish/Mennonite community so you will want to be cautious driving. Lots of horse-drawn vehicles...you will see the evidence. I almost took out a family on bicycles one night -- dressed in dark clothes and no lights. They have some interesting family businesses.
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Old 08-27-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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Are you wanting to be on the water?
My suggestion would be to rent a condo or house for one year.
Then do a lot of exploying and pricing.
The lake on weekends is go-fast boats and big wake cruisers.
Indian Creek is just a deep cove and enters the Gravois arm just below Coconuts.
Weekends, it is really rough water on the arm.
Lakefront real tax is very high. They charge by how long your shore line is first.
Then charge you high for the house.
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