Summer is officially open: New book tells “100 Things to do at Lake of the Ozarks Before You Die”

With the Memorial Day weekend comes the official start of summer and  Reedy Press is pleased to announce the release of its newest local interest book, 100 Things to Do at the Lake of the Ozarks Before You Die, by Valerie Battle Kienzle.

Nicknamed “the Dragon” for its shape, the Lake of the Ozarks main channel spans 92 miles and four counties, boasting more than 1,100 miles of shoreline. Each year, thousands of people travel to the lake to fish, swim, and relax, but the lake offers so much more.

100 Things to Do at the Lake of the Ozarks Before You Die examines this 91-year-old man-made recreation destination and the activities, attractions, and amenities that developed around it. Of course, you’ll want to explore plenty of outdoor activities at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Lake Waters at Dog Days Restaurant & Water Bar, and wakeboard lessons at Kirby’s School of Wake.

Take advantage of seemingly endless year-round opportunities for all ages, from championship golf courses like Osage National Golf Course, ropes courses at the Malted Monkey, and romantic sunset dinners at Baxter’s Lakeside Grill. From luxury accommodations and award-winning restaurants to recreation, entertainment, and education, the lake area is a destination to be experienced and savored.

An Osage Beach devotee herself, author Valerie Battle Kienzle offers this carefully selected collection of places to see, things to do, and unique opportunities. So, stick your toes in the sand, savor sunset at a lakeside restaurant, sample the fudge, or hike your way to spectacular vistas, all at the Lake of the Ozarks.


100 Things to Do at the Lake of the Ozarks Before You Die — part of the 100 Things to Do Before You Die series

Author, Valerie Battle Kienzle,

ISBN: 9781681064246

softcover, 160 pages $18.00

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Valerie Battle Kienzle, a University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate, spent the last 40+ years in various writing-related positions. A lifelong history enthusiast, she has authored four books about St. Louis, three about St. Charles, and one about Columbia. Her extended family has owned a lakeside house in Osage Beach since 1981. She’s spent countless vacations and weekends enjoying Ozark-style lake life with four generations of family members and friends.


(It is advisable to check with the event venue for confirmation a few days ahead of a book signing or presentation.).

Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, May 25, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Scenic Regional Library-Owensville

503 S Olive St, Owensville, MO 65066

(573) 437-2188

Free and open to the public


Book Signing

Friday, May 26, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Stonecrest Book & Toy

3797 Osage Beach Pkwy G2, Osage Beach, MO 65065

(573) 348-4788

Free and open to the public


Book Signing – Launch Event

Saturday, May 27, from 12 – 2 p.m.

Boardwalk on 54

138 US-54, Camdenton, MO 65020

(630) 885-3006

Free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided


Presentation and Book Signing

Friday, June 16, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Bridal Cave Events Center

526 Bridal Cave Rd, Camdenton, MO 65020

(573) 346-2676

Free and open to the public


Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, July 6, from 6 – 7 p.m.

Heartland Regional Library System – Vienna Branch

315 3rd St, Vienna, MO 65582

(573) 422-9866

Free and open to the public

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