Missouri Department of Conservation Predicts Peak Fall Colors at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Fall is an absolutely gorgeous time of year to visit the Lake of the Ozarks! The weather is beautiful and the Ozarks region boasts many trees, shrubs, and vine varieties making our fall colors phenomenal. In fact, USA Today named Lake of the Ozarks one of the best destinations for leaf-peeping by boat! Read on to learn more about when the leaves will peak and the best ways to enjoy the gorgeous scenery around the Lake of the Ozarks!
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Missouri Department of Conservation Resource
The Missouri Department of Conservation has a handy guide on their website that gives lots of great information for when the leaves will peak throughout the state. They predict that the Lake of the Ozarks is at it's peak or getting very close!
From the Department of Conservation"Now is a great time to explore nature in central Missouri. The weather is beautiful, and most of the tree species are at or near peak color. Oaks are the exception; they remain green the longest. Some oaks are starting to realize it is autumn, though, and a few of their leaves are turning. Most of the hickories are vibrant and yellow. In the north part of our region, sugar maples in the woods are yellow, while those exposed to sunlight have splashes of orange, particularly in towns. In the south part of our region, red maples and black gums are turning red. Dogwoods are dark red, and those in the south are reported to be particularly purple this year. Many walnuts and sycamores are becoming bare, but some to the south are still holding on to yellow leaves. Fragrant (aromatic) sumac — a common native shrub — shows a rainbow of colors under the canopy of the trees. A walk in the woods now has the familiar autumn crunch underfoot, and the next week or so should be the best time to enjoy fall color."
Bridal Cave is located on the 10 1/2 MM on the Big Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks and our boat dock makes visiting us by water easy. Why not take a boat ride to Bridal Cave, take a tour, and see all of the fall colors above and below ground.
During your boat ride, you can expect to see black gum, hickory, sweetgum, red maple, dogwood, buckeye trees, and more - all of which make for a beautiful fall landscape!