Locals sometimes call the Lake of the Ozarks the “Magic Dragon” because of its serpentine shape. With more than 1,000 miles of shoreline, it’s easy to find a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental that is right on the water. Whether you’re looking for a lakeside cabin with a dock, or a luxury home along the lake, you can find it all in this beautiful area. Here are few of the best places to stay in and around Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Osage Beach

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Enjoy amazing lake views from your cabin or cottage vacation rental in Osage Beach. When you’re not out on the lake, head to Miner Mike’s. It’s an indoor amusement park for the entire family. You can get in some climbing fun at Get Air Osage, which offers a wobbly rope ladder with a foam pit below if you fall.

2. Lake of the Ozarks State Park Area

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Nestle into a lakeside home with a dock or pier at the edge of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. From this amazing location, your family can set off to hike one of the 12 trails that wind through the park or schedule a trail ride on horseback.

3. Lake Ozark, Missouri

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Rent a large lakeside home with a dock for your large family or group in this town. Some of the rentals in this area offer private pools for those who don’t enjoy swimming in a lake. If you want a break from lake life, take the family to Sugar Creek Miniature Golf for an afternoon of putting around.

4. Bagnell, Missouri

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Just a few minutes from the northern shore of the lake, Bagnell offers vacation rentals away from the lake, including modest homes or condos. After a day on the lake, you and your family can take a stroll down the historic Bagnell Dam strip to find a place for dinner or enjoy some one-of-a-kind shopping.

5. Rocky Mount, Missouri

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Choose one of the cottage or cabin rentals in Rocky Mount along a tributary that feeds into the Lake of the Ozarks. One evening, get everyone in the car for the quick drive to Wehrenberg Theatres Eagles’ Landing 8 Cinema to catch a blockbuster movie.

6. Gravois Mills, Missouri

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On the far northern side of the lake, Gravois Mills offers lakeside homes and condos as vacation rentals of varying sizes to accommodate your family or group. Enjoy some thrills when you rent a speed boat or jet ski from Captain Mike Fink’s Marina Boat & Jet Ski Rentals on this side of the lake.

7. Village of Four Seasons Area

Sunset on a Lake

Settled inside a switchback of the Lake of the Ozarks, the Village of Four Seasons area has lakeside homes and condos designed to make the most of your family’s lake vacation. If you bring your own boat, you can use the Wheelhouse Marina to gas up or launch your boat. You can then dock it behind your vacation rental.

8. Sunrise Beach

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Find a vacation rental steps away from the banks of Lake of the Ozarks in Sunrise Beach. Running along the southern shores of the lake, this small town has small homes and luxury homes available lakeside. Your family can enjoy grilling out and enjoy a meal with the lake as its backdrop.

9. Ha Ha Tonka State Park Area

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On one of the southeast tributaries of the Lake of the Ozarks, you can find a vacation rental away from the hustle and bustle of larger areas. Enjoy some family time in a rustic cabin. While visiting the area, explore the Castle Ruins in the Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

10. Camdenton, Missouri

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If you want a vacation rental in town with the luxury of the lake minutes away, this small city has a home or condo waiting for your group. Get out and have some fun at the Camdenton Disc Golf Course. Disc golf is similar to golf but uses a Frisbee instead of a ball.