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Osage Lakes Region, Missouri

Water, and plenty of it, is a big part of the appeal in the Osage Lakes Region. Nearly half of the state's impounded waters await visitors here in west-central Missouri. You'll also find generous helpings of history, scenic countryside, state parks and friendly towns.


Whether you're relaxing at a family resort near the water, visiting an art or history musum, or enjoying the scenery along a country road, you'll be glad you visited Missouri's Osage Lakes Region. For vacation fun, it's a "natural".

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Polk County Courthouse

The Polk County Courthouse, completed in 1907, dominates the square in the county seat of Bolivar. Both the county and the city were organized in 1835. The county covers 642 square miles and is home to about 27,000

Bolivar, MO Historic Courthouses

Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art

The Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art is the permanent home of the Dunnegan and Wainscott art collections. The wide range of individualistic styles and subjects makes the gallery an ideal place for an "on the spot"

Bolivar, MO Arts

Stockton Lake Campgrounds

Eleven campgrounds are conveniently located around Stockton Lake. Eight are managed by the Corps of Engineers (Cedar Ridge, Crabtree Cove, Hawker Point, Masters, Orleans Trail North, Orleans Trail South, Ruark Bluff East, and Ruark Bluff West); two are operated by marina concessionaires (

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Pomme de Terre Fishing

Pomme de Terre Lake is known for its excellent fishing. Good strings of crappie, black bass, white bass, bluegill, and channel cat are commonly taken from the lake. Pomme de Terre Lake is also noted for its muskie fishing. Muskellunge have been stocked in the lake regularly since 1966

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Stockton Lake Area Equestrian Trails

Take to the trails to enjoy the beauty of nature and the company of others on horseback. The shoreline, the wilderness trails, the bluff, the lake and the old abandoned roads on Corp land are savored one hoof beat at a time.

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Simon Bolivar Statue

Bolivar, the county seat, was laid out by William Jamieson in 1835

Bolivar, MO Arts

Dunnegan Memorial Park

Bolivar living is enhanced by three public parks, Dunnegan Memorial Park is on the north side of Bolivar. It is equipped with pavilions, rest rooms, picnic tables and playground equipment, plus, a small lake populated with ducks, geese, and peacocks.

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Bolivar, MO Recreation

Stockton Lake Area Hunting

Whether you are an avid fisherman, hunter, or weekend naturalist, Stockton Lake offers an abundance of fish and wildlife for your enjoyment. More than 20,000

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Stockton Lake Scuba Diving

Scuba divers have learned that Stockton Lake holds many great dive sites below her glittering surface. The underwater structures are as beautiful and varied as the surface terrain which surrounds the lake. Visibility will vary with the seasons and is usually in the 8 to 10

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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

A turn-of-the-century "Castle on the Hill." Bothwell Lodge represents early 20th-century living and arts and crafts architecture. This castlelike building was constructed between 1897 and 1928 for a prominent Sedalia lawyer, John Homer Bothwell.

Sedalia, MO Famous Homes

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