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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 provides power to 42,000 homes.
The dam also creates Bagnell Dam Boulevard, a narrow two-lane highway connecting the nearby Bagnell Dam Strip with Lakeland and US 54. 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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  • Currently closed, but there is a small parking lot you can park in to observe, take pics, and read about it. Quick stop, fun to see, especially if you’re already in the area visiting locations on the....  more
    Currently closed, but there is a small parking lot you can park in to observe, take pics, and read about it. Quick stop, fun to see, especially if you’re already in the area visiting locations on the....  more »
  • I slipped the maintenance man a $50 and he gave our family a private tour of the dam. The outside roadway is cracking all over but he assured me the dam should last at least another 20 years before... 
    I slipped the maintenance man a $50 and he gave our family a private tour of the dam. The outside roadway is cracking all over but he assured me the dam should last at least another 20 years before...  more »

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