Anyone who lives in Missouri has probably heard of the Lake of the Ozarks.  It has been a major destination for tourists all over the country.  There are amazing lakeside restaurants to check out including JB Hooks (click HERE for my article about them) and Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar (click HERE for that article) as well as the annual boat parade.  Now the Ozarks could get even bigger!

Big Thunder today announced plans to build a new $300 million tourist oasis next to the Grand Glaize Bridge in Osage Beach, Mo.  If you are not familiar with Big Thunder Marine, They are the largest new and pre-owned dealer at Lake of the Ozarks.  You can check out their website HERE.

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Now, here are some details about what is being called Oasis at Lakeport from Big Thunder Marine's Facebook page:

Oasis at Lakeport is a $300 million entertainment district to be developed in Osage Beach, Missouri, at the Lake of the Ozarks, created by St. Louis-based SkyView Partners and Tegethoff Development. Oasis at Lakeport will be a premiere Midwest tourist destination offering amusement rides and attractions, hotels, restaurants, amphitheater, marina and boardwalk, and will open summer 2024.

“Oasis at Lakeport will generate over 500 jobs and bring 500,000 visitors to Missouri, further enhancing tourism, one of Missouri’s leading industries,” said Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe. “I welcome this project for its future impact on mid-Missouri’s economy as well as its commitment to bringing a centrally located, state-of-the-art entertainment district to the Osage Beach community.”

Well it certainly sounds amazing and it is sure to quickly become a destination for many to check out.  'The Oasis at Lakeport' will feature year-round entertainment, offering 20 acres of amusement rides and attractions, along with hotels, restaurants, amphitheater, marina and boardwalk. Amusement offerings will include roller coasters, thrill and family rides and a 200-foot-tall observation wheel.

The family resort and entertainment destination plans to break ground in the first quarter of 2023 for an opening in summer 2024 at the the old Lakeport property acquired by Big Thunder Marine in 2021, at Highway 54 and Jeffries Road.

You can get more info by clicking HERE.  Will you be making the trip when it is all completed?

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