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Bagnell Dam, Osage Beach

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Bagnell Dam (informally, the Osage Dam) impounds the Osage River in the U.S. state of Missouri, creating the Lake of the Ozarks. The dam is located in the city of Lakeside in Miller County, near the Camden-Miller County line. The 148-foot (45 m) tall concrete gravity dam was built by the Union Electric Company (now Ameren) to generate hydroelectric power at its Osage Powerplant. It is 2,543 feet (775 m) long, including a 520-foot (160 m) long spillway and a 511-foot (156 m) long power station. The facility with eight generators has a maximum capacity of 215 megawatts.

The dam is named for the nearby town of Bagnell, Missouri, which was named for William Bagnell, who platted the town in 1883.
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  • Worth our time to drive out and see this fascinating dam and surrounding area. The bridge over the dam is very narrow and the walkway is crumbling. I agree with other reviewers that the bridge could.....  more »

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