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Old 06-25-2012, 07:50 AM
 
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My family and I (wife, two daughters 10 and 8) are considering renting a cabin on Lake Ozark (Downing Branch Cove) are this summer. Other than swimming and fishing on the lake what else is there to do in this area. I have never been to this area before. Is this area considered The Ozarks? I always thought The Ozarks were further south near Branson on the Msri/Ark. border. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:59 PM
 
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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I haven't been to the lake in years, but I love it. My wife, on the other hand, hates it, which is why I haven't been in years.

This link might help:

Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks Attractions

There is a ton of activities, from the go cart, minature golf variety to outlet shopping, dining, horesback riding, caves to tour, etc. There are a lot of funky little ****** tonk type places (or at least there used to be) to check out. Of course, real golf is big down there if that is something you are interested in.

I think the name is technically accurate because I believe the Ozark Plateau encompasses the lake, but I agree with you that in my view, the true Ozarks are farther south in Missouri into Northern Arkansas.
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Old 07-01-2012, 02:26 PM
 
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I didn't know where Downing Branch Cove is on the Lake, but if my googling is right, it's around the 4 mile marker. Something rather infamous is also at the 4 mile marker. There's certainly lots to do there, but it's probably not what you're looking for. Even if you avoid Party Cove, boating with paddles (canoes, kayaks) is usually not recommended due to the high number of powerboats and how fast their owners like to go. There are places on the Lake where the powerboats aren't a problem, but they're away from the main traffic areas. Your daughters might be too young to operate jet skis, but that's what I've seen young people enjoy more than anything else.

It may be too late in the season to get a booking, but for a waterborne Missouri vacation, this is my favorite. May be something to keep in mind.
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