Camdenton, the seat of Camden County, is located on the Niangua and Osage Arms of the famous Lake of the Ozarks. It is at the junction of State Highways 5 and 7, and US Highway 54. Camdenton offers all the finest activities and amenities of the lake area.
Native American tribes of Osage and Delaware Indians originally populated the area. The French are responsible for naming the region "AuxArcs," pronounced "Ozark."
Early white settlement began in 1827 and the County of Old Kinderhook (named after President Van Buren's home) was later renamed Camden County. The county formally voted for removal to a newly created town, Camdenton, which became the county seat. A temporary courthouse was built by W. J. Cochran and Sons of Boonville. The permanent courthouse site was at the junction of 2 highways. The building was completed in July 1932 and was the first Missouri courthouse built in a modern style.
Another advantage of the area is its mild climate. The weather allows maximum use of outdoor facilities such as drive-ins, golf courses and swimming pools, and maximum enjoyment of outdoor activities like hiking, horseback riding, hunting and of course, fishing.
The Camden County Museum traces the history of the area. It offers displays that include antique furnishings, tools, banking equipment and area memorabilia.
The Camdenton R-III School District is recognized as one of Missouri's best AAA systems. Offering 88 units of credit, the curriculum enables students to train in academic, vocational and general fields. The Orion Center in Camdenton has a mission to develop and operate a community educational center that will make a difference in the lives of children. It emphasizes hands©on, interactive learning methods.
Lake Regional Hospital is a 300,000-sq ft facility providing extensive hospital services and a new cardiac unit. Recent additions include a new chapel, expanded outpatient unit, 18-room intensive care unit and a 12-bed observation unit. Other area clinics include Laurie Clinic, Eldon Clinic, Lake of the Ozarks Clinic, Dogwood Medical Center, Osage Beach Medical Park, Lake Area Clinic of Camdenton, Lake Area Clinic of Richland, Camdenton Rehab Clinic, Camdenton Medical Center and Macks Creek Clinic.
With its rugged scenic beauty, the Lake of the Ozarks draws thousands of tourists and sports lovers. Each year, it more than justifies its claim as the "White Bass Capital of the Midwest." Black bass, walleye and several types of catfish are also taken in large numbers and the lake's well known crappie beds are kept well stocked. Bagnell Dam was completed in 1931 and formed the largest man-made lake in the world at that time. It formed the "Lake of the Ozarks" which is 92 miles long and has 1,150 miles of shoreline. The lake draws over 3 million people annually. Other area attractions include Ha Ha Tonka State Park, nearby Lake of the Ozarks State Park and 3 golf courses within 3 miles of Camdenton. There's also the 120-acre Camdenton City Park with its new aquatic center and 95-ft waterslide.
Living in Camdenton is like a year-round vacation. We of United Country would count it a privilege to help you find a niche in the lake area. For vacation homes or business opportunities, for farms or investment land, we have the real estate to satisfy your needs. Try a new life in Camdenton, the center of fun and easy living!