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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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  • 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 »
  • Make sure to stop at the scenic overlook for a view of Lake of the Ozarks. Take a drive down the road towards the boat launch - this is where you'll find the dam. You are able to get very close to.....  more »
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