With acres of state parks offering sandy beaches and opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and camping -- you can't beat the summer fun to be found in the Show Me State.
Check it all out here, including information on the state's biggest outdoor summer attractions (at - where else? - Lake of the Ozarks) as well as Missouri's largest stretch of beach at Wakonda Lake.
DID YOU KNOW? Missouri lake beaches fun facts:
Here Be Dragons.
• Because of its shape, The Lake of the Ozarks is also known as The Magic Dragon.
• Lake of the Ozarks State Park is home to frisky and raucous "Party Cove", which attracts up to 3,000 boats during the Fourth of July weekend.
• While locals may know it well, out-of-state visitors are surprised to learn that nearby Moonshine Beach provides a quiet day away from the power-packed entertainment of Branson.
• Looking for a day at the beach with Fido? Try Columbia, one of Missouri's most dog-friendly communities, providing two dog parks for off-leash water fun located at the Twin Lakes Recreation Area at Lakeside and Paws Pond.
Swimming in Missouri State Parks - Find activities at a glance in a coded chart to trails, camping, facilities and water activities including pools and beach swimming areas, maps and pictures.
Lake of the Ozarks Vacation Guide - At 17,441-acres, this is one of
Missouri's largest lakes, boasting two sandy swimming beaches, With additional info on camping, fishing and picnicking, area wildlife, dining, lodging, photo gallery, maps & directions.
Thousand Hills State Park - Find out information on swimming, fishing, boating and water skiing on Forest Lake with hours, amenities, fee rates.
Pomme de Terre State Park - Located on the Hermitage and Pittsburg sides of Pomme de Terre Lake, there are two public swimming beaches, marina, fishing pier, and camp sites.