at Lake of the Ozarks State Park
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Visitors of all abilities can enjoy birding along Fawns Ridge Trail. This trail has information and signage, rest areas, mostly manageable surfaces, and many other ADA considerations.
To find additional locations that are accessible, visit Birdability to view their accessible birding trails maps.
The park office is an example of the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) craftsmanship seen throughout this park. The handicap parking and paved pathway is connected to the entrance by a boardwalk, with a wood deck covering the original flagstone porch for its protection and to provide a smooth transition between levels.
Inside, you will find an abundance of park information and helpful park staff.
Although parking is available, this area has not been modified except for an accessible vault toilet.
Highway 134 Picnic Area
This lightly wooded picnic area has a 1930s restroom that has been modified for the use of all visitors.
Just down the concrete pathway, past the accessible drinking fountain, playground and horseshoe pit, is a historic rock shelter with a flagstone floor. The shelter accommodates 100 people and has electricity, extended-end tables, a group grill and a fireplace. The group grill and electrical outlet may not be accessible to some users. Two picnic sites in this area are available with concrete pathways, pedestal grills and extended-end tables.
Handicap parking is provided.
As you enter the campground, you'll see a woodlot/laundry on your right. Handicap parking spaces are offered; however, some visitors may need assistance. The check station has car-side convenience or you can pull in to a handicap space to access the information kiosk located here. Just beyond the kiosk, on the opposite side of the road, is the accessible dump station. As you pull past the check station, there is access to a potable water hydrant. Ten updated campsites are scattered through this wooded area with accessible showerhouses within driving distance. Water hydrants with concrete pathways have been provided in convenient locations. Two vault toilets, one in Campground 1 and one in Campground 4, are also available for all users and are open year-round. Both playgrounds in the campground have been updated to provide greater access to all users.
The amphitheater is located midway through the campground and offers a handicap parking space and an accessible trail to the seating area. Some users may need assistance to access the amphitheater.
Public Boat Launch-Main Park Side
Boat launch area amenities include a courtesy dock, a concession operation offering boat fuel, rentals, snacks and bait, and an accessible vault toilet. Handicap parking is available for the concession and the toilet. The launch itself is at a 9.5% slope and the trailer parking is located on a hillside with an average 4% slope.
Two accessible shaded picnic sites with paved pathways overlook the lake and beach.
Public Beach #1
The CCC originally built this beach area back in the 1930s, as can be seen in the architecture of the change house and the old boathouse. Although updates have been made to the change house, some users may need assistance, as the original stone floors and steps still exist. The picnic sites are located on a lightly wooded hillside overlooking the beach and lake. The playground in this area has not been modified.
Accessible entry to picnic sites and the beach is from the vault toilet parking area at the boat launch along a paved pathway. Entry is to the sand area only.
The Outpost Camper Cabins
This unique approach to rental cabins has become quite popular, and we invite you to see why. In a clearing of the woods is a modern central showerhouse. Pathways lead off into the woods to rustic, yet modern cabins that sleep six. These cabins do not have water but do have electricity, a small refrigerator and microwave, supplemental heat, a small wood stove, air conditioning, a futon bed, sleeping loft with two beds, and a porch overlooking the serenity of the woods. Outside each cabin is a picnic table and fire grill. One cabin has level parking, an accessible pathway and entry ramp for those with mobility impairments.
Lake of the Ozarks State Park has four group camps.
- Camp Rising Sun has accessible restrooms and showers in most cabins. The dining hall, recreation hall and amphitheater are connected to the cabins and playcourt by paved pathways. Parking is gravel. Users may drive to the beach, which is mixed gravel. The vault toilet at the beach is up a rise and some users may need assistance.
- Camp Clover Point has been modified to provide access to all users. Paved pathways allow for circulation between all buildings and amenities. The dining hall and recreation hall have boardwalk entrances to achieve a smooth transition between levels. Two barracks have modified bathrooms. Other accessible restrooms can be found in the recreation hall and the craft hall. Some visitors may need assistance when using the beach area, which has not been modified.
- Pin Oak Facility is located on a narrow ridge and has not been modified except for access to the dining lodge and one of the newly remodeled cabins.
- Camp Red Bud has not been modified.
Grand Glaize Area
The beach house, with accessible change rooms and restrooms, is served by an asphalt parking lot with four handicap spaces. Paved pathways lead from the parking, through the beach house and down to the sand. A shady sitting area is provided. Scenic paved pathways branch out from this area, leading to a picnic area and the marina area.
The marina store provides such amenities as handicap parking, paved pathways, accessible restrooms, groceries, supplies, gas and rentals. Five boat slips outfitted with handholds are offered for those with mobility impairments. You can enjoy lunch overlooking the lake on the deck.
The paved boat launch has an average 7.7% slope with an adjacent courtesy dock. Pathways to the courtesy dock have not been modified. The launch is served by four handicap trailer parking spaces. An accessible restroom nearby has handicap parking spaces, a water fountain and paved pathways for your convenience.
Lower Day-Use Area
This lightly wooded picnic area has a view of the beach and is connected to the beach area by a picturesque bridge and pathway. All picnic sites have paved pathways, hard surfaces and pedestal grills. Three sites have extended-end tables. Further amenities in this area are an accessible playground, vault toilet and a water fountain. Three asphalt handicap parking spaces are offered.
Upper Day-Use Area
A 1930s shelter peers out over the lake from its woodsy hilltop location above the lower day-use area. The shelter is equipped with paved pathways, extended-end tables, a group grill and a water fountain. It can accommodate 100 people. Two paved handicap parking spaces are offered. An accessible vault toilet and two picnic sites are nearby.
Pa He Tsi Boat Ramp
The ramp is paved and has a slope of 8.3%. The courtesy dock has not been modified. All parking in this sunny area is level and of compacted gravel. Three handicap spaces adjacent to the accessible restroom are offered for your convenience.
This rustic, yet modern building is the center for cave tours, audio/visual presentations, interpretive programs and park literature. A paved pathway runs from the level parking lot with a handicap space to the entrance. Inside, you'll find helpful staff, exhibits of local wildlife, an accessible water fountain and restroom and a waiting room for the cave tours.
An accessible picnic table is located just outside the visitor center. A boardwalk extends across the fen from the visitor center to the cave opening. The regular tour is one-half mile long on mostly hard-packed substrate. Travel is mostly level with the exception of two 10-to-12-foot sections with an 8% slope. Periodically, heavy rains will cause gravel to wash across the trail. Some visitors may need assistance.
For more information, contact the park:
Lake of the Ozarks State Park
P.O. Box 170
Kaiser, MO 65047-0170
Last updated: April 2021