The Lake Today Recreation


Enrollment open for 2016 Master Naturalist training program

Those wanting to protect Camden and surrounding counties natural resources are encouraged to become a Missouri Master Naturalist.

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All about albinism in beast and birds

Called Leucistic, wildlife that have patches of white on skin or feathers that is normally a different color are often partial albinos.

Fishing Tip: Local father, son win recent Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Winter Fishing Tournament

Cold, wintry weather forced Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale to cancel her second winter fishing tournament held in January. However, a third was held Jan. 16 seeing 12 participants and reports of the Lake’s waters beginning to clear following late 2015 heavy flooding and continuous dam generation since.

Deer seasons ends with 280,000 harvested

Missouri’s 2015-2016 deer-hunting seasons ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary total harvest of 279,401 deer.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Wildlife refuge held hostage by armed criminals

Armed militants have taken hostage public property belonging to the American people. For some reason, after three weeks of armed occupation, these anti-government protesters who have illegally broken into and refused to leave federally owned property at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have yet to be held accountable for their actions. It’s time for this charade to end, and for these criminals to be arrested and prosecuted.

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Part 2: Project progression at Osage Beach city parks

Second in series reviews additional public’s top interest in new projects from survey, upcoming events

Year-round restrooms at the two city parks and hiking and biking trails ranked as the top amenities or additions to the city of Osage Beach’s two parks — Osage Beach City Park and Peanick Park — in a recent public survey.

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Vandevoort hits ground running in leading Osage Beach’s parks and recreation department

Matt Vandevoort came to the city of Osage Beach as its new parks and recreation manager with a wealth of knowledge to continue and improve its current projects and help implement new public interests and amenities at the city’s two parks.

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About the Lake’s tributaries

Spend some time exploring the Lake’s three main tributaries

Although the damming of the Osage River formed the Lake of the Ozarks, there are actually three rivers and a number of smaller creeks and streams that allows the Lake’s 54,000 square acres filled with enough water for the surface level to reach 660 feet above sea level.

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Fishing Tip: New bass baits arrive to aid in upcoming spring fishing season

Gravois arm seems to be best for winter fishing while lake is still muddy

Osage Beach Bait & Tackle Owner Carol Drysdale said the Gravois arm of Lake of the Ozarks is still the best area for current winter fishing, according to fishermen’s reports she has received.

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Driftwood Outdoors: Understanding AR-15 modern sporting rifles

With all the political buzz about gun control in the last couple of weeks, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. AR-15s are often referred to as assault weapons, when in actuality, they are just a modern version of a semi-automatic sporting rifle.

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Project progression at Osage Beach city parks

Part 1 in series reviews spring projects, public’s top interest in new projects from survey

Around Thanksgiving, the city of Osage Beach Parks and Recreation posted an online survey asking the public’s interest in various new amenities and project ideas within its two city parks. The city’s park and recreation department and its new manager, Matt Vandevoort, has more than gauged those interests; they have taken action.

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Numbers for second youth and alternative method deer seasons

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young deer hunters ages six through 15 checked 2,520 deer during Missouri’s late youth portion of the 2015-2016 deer hunting season, which ran Jan. 2-3. Last year’s late youth portion harvest total was 1,123.

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Enjoy wildlife in the wintertime Ozarks

It’s tempting to think that nature slows down in the winter, and for some of our species, this is true. For many species, though, things heat up when the weather gets cold.

Fishing Tip: Recent flooding, weather makes lake muddy for fishing

Osage Beach Bait & Tackle winter fishing tournament picks back up Saturday

With Lake of the Ozarks back to safer water levels following nearly eight inches of rain that fell in the region Dec. 25-28, conditions in the water are quite muddy for brave fishermen wanting to get a winter season catch.

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Driftwood Outdoors: New Years resolution for Missouri outdoor adventures

If you want to accomplish your goals, write them down. Experts often repeat this sage advice in self-help seminars and articles. I’ve learned to believe it, and have long been an advocate of pushing one’s self to experience new adventures and to repeat those enjoyed in the past.