The Lake Today Recreation


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Three flowers that thrive in fall’s cooler temperatures

The University of Missouri Extension Service says to add pizzazz to your autumn display

The University of Missouri Extension Service describes autumn flowers as “nature’s last brazen splash of the paintbrush before the sullen grays of winter come.”

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Captive deer remain wildlife controlled by MDC

One vote. One vote was the difference between reclassifying captive deer as livestock, or leaving them as wildlife under the control of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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Fishing Tip & Lure: It’s about structure, lighting and location with crappie beds

Crappie fishing is gearing up at the Lake, and placing the beds properly is key to scoring some prime fish.

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Local residents chosen as State Fair Farm Family for Camden County

Ernie and Christi Calvert and family of Camdenton were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day Aug. 11.

Save Blue Springs Creek Stream Team to hold meeting Monday

The Save Blue Springs Creek Stream Team will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Eldon McDonald’s.

Missouri is among top states for farmers markets

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri is among the top 10 states in the number of farmers’ markets with 245 listed in the National Farmers’ Market Directory.

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Camp Pin Oak back and more popular than ever

Visitors to Camp Pin Oak in Lake of the Ozarks State Park can now enjoy refurbished and modernized lodging facilities

Four years after the historic Camp Pin Oak Lodge in Lake of the Ozarks State Park burned during an electric storm, the group camping facility is open and more popular than ever.

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Fishing Tip & Lure: Why do tackle stores have a variety of one kind of lure?

A fisherman walks into a local tackle store. He is looking for swimbait to use during the upcoming Big Bash Bash at Lake of the Ozarks.

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Hot weather crappie bite on Truman Lake a pleasant surprise

Crappie fishing in late August when the heat index is 105 degrees doesn’t sound right, does it? I didn’t think so either, until professional crappie fisherman, Travis Bunting, called me wanting to know if I’d take part in a crappie fishing media event on Truman Lake last week. I was hesitant, but now I’m real glad I went.

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An Ozarks invasion

Armadillo attacks on homeowners’ gardens are increasing; learn ways to stop them

There are hundreds of the critters hereabout, evidenced by their carcasses on our highways and their signature damage, the result of the critters’ search for grubs and worms in our rocky Ozarks soil.

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Fall hunting seasons begin this month

Despite temperatures ranging in the 90s, the fall hunting and fishing seasons kicked off Monday, Sept. 1 with the opening of dove season

With a few seasons overlapping from the summer, the fall hunting and fishing period officially began on Monday, Sept. 1 with opening of the dove season.

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The RV: A family road trip trend

Quality RV shares tips on maintaining, making a recreational vehicle a regular vacation resource

Shipments in 2014 are expected to total more than 335,000 units, which would be the highest total since 2007. At Lake of the Ozarks, Quality RV in Linn Creek has seen similar trends, marking 2014 as one of the best years and possibly surpassing sales and service numbers they had before the national recession.

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Driftwood Outdoors: The daughter delight of a wannabe mountain man

A Midwesterner by birth, my only goal upon college graduation was moving to Montana to become a mountain man. I moved to Montana, but instead of being swept downriver by a rushing current, I was swept off my feet by a woman. We married and had two daughters. Before I ever arrowed an elk, I was back in the Midwest.

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Fishing Tip & Lure: High heat means fishing with live bait

With temperatures swelling to the 90s and 100-plus degrees Fahrenheit currently, fishing fun can turn into a failed flop for families and avid fishing enthusiasts. However, Bill Cassidy, Osage Beach Bait & Tackle owner and award-winning fisherman, offers one piece of advice: use live bait.

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Hunting, fishing are big business

Outdoor recreation brings big dollars to state, nation

Here at Lake of the Ozarks, residents are well aware of just how much impact outdoor sports activities have on the local economy. But Lake residents and visitors may not be as aware of the impact hunting and fishing has on Missouri’s statewide economy and on the nation as a whole.