Lake Of The Ozarks State Park
September 23-24, 2017
After our journey across Kansas, which turned out to be more interesting than stereotypes would have you believe, we made for Lake of the Ozarks State Park in Missouri. This is a truly stellar campground. Large sites, plenty of room. Of course, it's insanely popular during high season, but in September things were quite reasonable. We had our choice of several great sites, and plenty of room between us and our nearest neighbors. We camped up on the hill vs. down by the lake, which also gave us additional room.
We spent a couple of nights here enjoying the ambience and just chilling out after so much travel. Our awning was still broken, so we continued to use the shade sail contraption that we had first rigged up on Moab. It was far from ideal, but still much better than no awning at all!
The only downside to this park is that you really don't want to swim in the lake here. They have plenty of signs warning against doing so. This section of lake shore is pretty, but it's also back in a long twisty bay, and as a result the water gets stagnant. This shortcoming doesn't make the campground any less pleasant, but it does reduce the draw of the waterfront.