The Lake Today Recreation


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MDC says a fed bear is a dead bear

State agency reminds residents, visitors feeding black bears is dangerous for both the human and animal

On July 20, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) staff had the unfortunate responsibility of humanely euthanizing a 250-pound, healthy, male black bear that had become an ongoing nuisance and threat to a homeowner in Christian County, just south of Springfield, because someone in the area had been feeding the animal.

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Fishing at Mo. trout parks are not washed out

Despite torrential rains and flash flooding this summer, MDC says the fishing at Missouri’s trout parks has not been affected

What does not happen rarely makes headlines, but in regards to how flooding has affected fishing at Missouri’s trout parks this summer, no news is big news.

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Fishing Tip: Encouragement to keep fishing

As two local, young fishermen continue to excel in their pursuits on the water, local anglers and fishing experts, like Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale, continue to support their ambitions to fish competitively.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Family camping a summer must

Camping is such a relaxing form of outdoor enjoyment. Gathering with family and friends, or going at it solo, campers seek to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Lake of the Ozarks to be featured on 'Family Travel with Colleen Kelly' Sunday

"Family Travel with Colleen Kelly," a popular National Public Television series, will feature Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, highlighting the outdoor adventure, water activities, shopping, dining and attractions that make the area a great family vacation destination.

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Can You Find It? Location is revealed as winner receives prize in month-long contest

Throughout July, The Lake Today staff has asked readers “Can You Find It?” in its debut of an interactive trivia contest.

Sign-up for city-sponsored fall softball leagues open through Aug. 7

The city of Osage Beach Parks & Recreation Department is accepting team applications for the fall men’s and co-ed leagues, which will play at the Osage Beach City Park from the second week in August to the end of October.

Sycamore Creek Couples League releases results for July 19, July 26

The Sycamore Creek Couples League released results for its tournaments July 19 and July 26.

Committee secures funds to conduct feasibility study for proposed recreational facility

Groups plans to find out of facility is conducive at Lake this fall

After securing $40,000 from two local tourism-driven organizations, a committee can now move forward this fall with a feasibility study to potentially build recreational facilities at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Lightning bugs: Missouri kids’ favorite insect

Even though their proper name is firefly, there probably isn’t a kid anywhere in Missouri who hasn’t experienced the unbridled joy of catching 'lightning bugs'

One of the biggest joys of growing up in rural Missouri is running around barefoot on a warm summer evening, catching lightning bugs, placing them in a Mason jar, and watching them light up the room as you drift off to sleep.

The MDC wants to know what you think about conservation areas

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what residents think about the nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Start shooting now to prepare for dove season

Mourning Doves can make the most skilled shooter look like a novice, so you might want to use the next month honing your wing shooting skills before the season opens Sept. 1.

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New Big Niangua River Trail features two wineries, a robbers cave and clean water

The Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance (LOWA), the Lake’s watershed group, in partnership with Ha Ha Tonka State Park, invites the community to a celebration at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the Ha Ha Tonka Spring in Camdenton for the new Big Niangua River Trail.

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Fishing Tip: Two local fishermen place 12th in HS Fishing World Finals

On July 11, Cook and Grafeman took 12th place out of approximately 200 teams in the High School Fishing World Finals in Alabama.

Eldon Mustangs Athletic Golf Tournament set for Aug. 1

The Eldon Mustangs Athletic Golf Tournament returns for its second year Aug. 1 at the Eldon Country Club.