The best camping near Lake of the Ozarks State Park

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Riverbend RV Park and Campground

15 sites · RVs, Tents23 acres · Macks Creek, MO
Our small owner operated campground sits high above the Niangua River. Situated below Tunnel Dam and the locally famous Whistle, we have 250’ of Big Niangua River frontage. We offer several full hook-up RV spots and ultra secluded primitive spots and anything in between. We have a bathroom/shower house for campers’ convenience.
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Wildflower Camp, Hike + Swim

3 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Eldon, MO
We have a 60 acre property with plenty of space to explore. There are maintained trails throughout and a year-round creek that runs through the valley. Our spring-fed pond is perfect for swimming or paddling around in your canoe. If you're feeling adventurous, you can hike along the creek a ways to a beautiful waterfall.
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$45
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DnD Lakefront Campground Lake Ozark

6 sites · Tents15 acres · Sunrise Beach, MO
Pitch your tent in our Lakefront campsites at DnD Lakeside Campground and have access to your own picnic table and fire ring on the shores of the beautiful Lake of The Ozarks, one of the Midwest's premier boating and lake fun destinations. Swim, fish and float in our quiet cove, take walks up our hiking trails and end your day enjoying the night sky sitting next to a fire. We are close to Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Bridal Cave, many lakefront bars and restaurants and The Ozark Amphitheater. We are at the starting line of the LOZ Annual Shootout, a fast-paced boating event benefiting local fire and rescue agencies, held the last weekend in August. Make sure to book early for summer holiday weekends. Discounted prices for weekday rentals available. Limited boat slip rentals available for a fee.
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Papa Chubby's Lakeside Resort

61 sites · Lodging, RVs10 acres · Sunrise Beach, MO
Papa Chubby’s Lakeside Resort is a relaxing environment with the true Lake of the Ozarks feel. Calm waters are in the back of the Cozy Cove at the 26-mile marker. You will listen to the birds chirp in the morning as you’re sipping your coffee. As the day passes, you and your family will be having fun and creating memories. Enjoy the water’s edge by the restaurant during your vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Papa Chubby’s Lakeside Resort, friendship is the heartbeat of our existence. We believe that every cherished memory, every moment of joy, is amplified when shared with those we hold dear. We welcome you not just as a guest, but as a friend, and we hope that your stay with us becomes a chapter in your own story of friendship and lifelong connections. Our vast resort provides a restaurant & bar with a full menu, live entertainment, fully furnished cabins that sleep six, and an RV Park that are all just steps away from the water’s edge. Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of life, reconnect with nature, or simply indulge in a well-deserved retreat, our resort offers a unique experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. We take pride in our commitment to hospitality and want to offer the best experience possible. Whether you are renting a cabin or becoming a member of our RV Park, you will have access to the water, restaurant & bar, and other amenities that we have to offer in order to make your stay that much more enjoyable. Enjoy your morning walk near nature and observe the wildlife. If you’re a thrill seeker, we have rental boats and wave runners to cut through the water with or slow down with a paddle board or kayak. If you’re more of a night owl, we hold live concerts every weekend throughout the full swing of the lake season. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can bet you’ll be dancing before the evening’s over. Sunday afternoons you can find yourself with your feet in the sand, cold beverage in your hand, and some soft beach music to vibe out to.
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Ozarks Piney Bend Riverfront

6 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Dixon, MO
Experience the Missouri Ozarks in all it's glory! Our property sits on 7 acres running on both sides of the beautiful, crystal clear Big Piney River. We sit right at the bottom of a beautiful bluff and just about 100 feet from the water! We have a dry cabin, with outdoor water spigot available. Concrete pad with electric and water hookups perfect for a small camper. We also own a large beautiful sand bar on the Big Piney River perfect for setting up your tent or hammock camping (only accessible by swimming or kayak, which we can provide)
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Sawmill Hollow Creek

2 sites · RVs, Tents54 acres · Warsaw, MO
Campsite - A private 1.5 acre campsite with a firepit (and plenty of wood to burn in it) and direct access to the Lake of the Ozarks. The campsite connects to a 1-mile trail around the perimeter of the 54-acre property. Guests have access to several kayaks for enjoyment of a secluded inlet of the lake. RV site - We also provide an RV hook-up site completely separate from the campsite with access to the mentioned amenities (trail, kayaks, canoe, paddleboat, etc.). See photos for directions to the site and a map of the perimeter trail.
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Clapping Oaks Campground & Lodging

5 sites · RVs5 acres · Camdenton, MO
Family owned campground on 5 acres with breathtaking views of Lake of the Ozarks. Full hook ups available for all RV sites. Located off Old Route 5 and just minutes from the Ozarks Amphitheater, Bridal Caves, and Ha Ha Tonka State Park! Come and enjoy a peaceful camping trip with your family!
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LOTO Off Road Park

99 sites · RVs, Tents520 acres · Gravois Mills, MO
LOTO (Lake of The Ozarks) Off Road is an awesome place to experience outdoor adventures. Varied terrain of bottom valleys, tree covered hills, hilltop pastures, year round springs and creeks is the perfect setting. ATV and UTV enthusiasts are discovering the miles of new trails. Pick your camping spot anywhere on the property.
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Relax at the Lake of the Ozarks

5 sites · RVs5 acres · Sunrise Beach, MO
Filled with natural wonder, opportunities for recreation and relaxation and a few quirks, the area is a little misunderstood even by many Americans. The Ozarks region is as famous for the Lake of the Ozarks as it is for the mountains that the area is named after, largely because of the sheer size of that particular body of water. With its various arms and nooks and crannies, the lake has 1,100 miles (1,770km) of coastline, which is more than the state of California. It’s no wonder it’s such a popular spot for boating and watersports, with so many places to dock and so much water to explore. The lakes and rivers of the Ozarks are rich with fish, particularly several species of bass and catfish, as well as trout, crappie and carp, all of which attract many recreational fishing boats. There are also more unexpected water creatures like small freshwater jellyfish, which are not believed to be native to North America but do periodically appear in the Lake of the Ozarks, particularly in late summer and early autumn. Looking for a serene getaway with stunning lake views and a touch of green? Look no further than our 5-acre Hipcamp site overlooking the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. With a dispensary just half a mile down the road, you can unwind and enjoy some fresh greens while taking in the breathtaking scenery. So come kick back, relax, and soak up the tranquility of our little slice of paradise. Book your stay now and let us help you create unforgettable memories! Located close to the store and even a farmers market within 1/2 mile. Lots of Local Attractions and Activities, Privacy, Shade, Views of the Lake of the Ozarks On the west side of the property overlooking the rest of the property you have an amazing advantage of the land. Enjoy the early sun and the late sunset.
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D'Ranch at Clearwater

10 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents40 acres · Gravois Mills, MO
D'Ranch at Clearwater is a small, 40 acre hobby farm located on the north side of the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri. What started as a simple love of backyard chickens has now become a dream farm for Tracey Durant and her husband Theodore. Nestled in the valley between two forest covered hillsides, and running adjacent to Clearwater Creek on the east and the lake on the south, D'Ranch could not have been a more perfect location for the Durants to plant their roots and get their feet wet. While they continue their love of backyard chickens with their small egg and hatchery operation know as HeebyJeeby Chickens, they have expanded their interests to an array of friendly farm animals including horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, and an occasional turkey or two. 
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Retreat to the Country

4 sites · Lodging10 acres · Holts Summit, MO
This land has been asking to be shared. First it was swings and little things for the grandchildren and their friends. Then the Cabin by the pond began to welcome visitors. Soon the steep slope anchored a Yurt with a wrap-around deck that puts you up in the trees. Our gathering spot by the creek became a camp site. Recently the grandkids' Bunk House found its way in. Our Retreat is 10 acres, narrow, but 1/4 mile deep, stretching down a steep wooded slope to a creek - and up the other side to the top of a bluff.  It is only ten miles to Jefferson City but has a quiet and distant feel.  
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Kober's Retreat Little Niangua

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Macks Creek, MO
Kober's Retreat Little Niangua - Created by 3 brothers and their friends in order to have a place to come and relax. Welcome to Kober's Campground, where nature's symphony takes center stage and adventure awaits around every tree-lined corner. Nestled in the heart of tranquility, our haven is where peace and quiet meet Mother Nature's vibrant embrace. At Kober's, we're not just a campground; we're an experience. Our grounds are your canvas, and the great outdoors your inspiration. Whether you're a seasoned outdoors enthusiast or a nature-loving rookie, we've got something for everyone. Start your day with a sunrise hike, where the whispering winds through the leaves and the rustling of critters greet you like old friends. Feel the thrill of climbing our natural rock walls, where the only limit is your courage. Dive into the sparkling waters of our swimming holes, refreshing body and spirit alike. We know that for some, the call of the open road is hard to resist. That's why we offer alternative RV locations, thoughtfully spaced out to give you room to breathe. At Kober's, you're not parked bumper to bumper; you're surrounded by the breathing forest, and the distance you've been craving from your fellow campers. Kober's Campground is where you recharge, reconnect, and rediscover the beauty of our wild world. It's not just a place; it's a feeling. It's the place you return to when you need a break from the chaos of everyday life. It's the place where nature's silence is music to your ears. Welcome to Kober's, where adventure meets tranquility, and your story is written in the language of the wild.
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The best camping near Lake of the Ozarks State Park guide

Overview

About

Centrally located in mid-Missouri, Lake of the Ozarks State Park draws visitors from across the state and beyond. The park’s namesake lake is the center of the action, offering jewel-toned waters surrounded by gentle hills. On the shores, visitors will find a full menu of activities, ranging from traditional items like hiking and biking all the way to less-traditional finds, like metal detecting and cave exploration. Both tent and RV campers can find scenic campsites; cabin and yurt rentals are also offered. Lake of the Ozarks is at the middle of a growing vacation destination, with Osage Beach offering dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

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Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reservations open at 7am CST 12 months in advance and may be made through the Missouri State Parks website or phone line.
  2. On weekends, two-night reservations are required (Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday).
  3. Campgrounds are open year round, but reservations are only available during specified months, which vary by campground section. 
  4. Water and showers are available April 1 through October 31.
  5. Walk-up reservations are allowed for non-reserved campsites.
  6. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is a popular park; reservations for the summer months sometimes fill months in advance.

When to go

If you’re seeking lake fun, summer is the prime time for Lake of the Ozarks State Park. The lake has a reputation as a “party lake,” so you should anticipate more activity during peak season. For quieter waters, visit during the spring or fall. It may be too chilly to take a swim, but the weather and landscapes are pleasant. Throughout the year, weekends and holidays are especially busy. Campgrounds are open in the winter, but be prepared for occasional freezing temperatures and the possibility for snow and ice.

Know before you go

  • If you are bringing a boat or all-terrain vehicle, you may be allowed to park the trailer on the grass (which isn’t allowed at all Missouri State Parks).
  • This park offers deluxe cabin and yurt rentals outfitted with a small fridge, microwave, electricity, heating, and air conditioning. These accommodations do not have running water or supplied linens.
  • The park offers basic and electric campsites (some with 50 amp hookups). Water and sewer are not available at campsites, but the park does provide dump stations and water spigots.
  • HaHa Tonka State Park is a short drive away. Take a hike around the historic ruins of a burned-out castle, located on a picturesque bluff.

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