Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to swim in the Lake of the Ozarks?

Yes. The lake is not only one of the top recreational areas in the Midwest, it is absolutely safe to swim in the lake. If you notice an area of the lake being polluted in any way please call LOWA or your county health department so it can be taken care of. The lake has been voted #1 as the best recreational Lake in the United States by the Readers choice Awards – See the article here!

Can I eat fish I catch in the Lake of the Ozarks.

Yes. Fish caught in the Lake of the Ozarks are safe to eat.

Can I swim around my dock? 

Electrocution drownings are tragic, rare, and preventable.  It is always adviseable to follow the highest safety standards. Some precautions to take BEFORE swimming around a dock with electricity include having a full electrical inspection of your dock and any dock you are swimming around BEFORE swimming near them. Inspections are advised on an annual basis or after any flooding situation.  DO NOT swim around a dock you do not know. DO NOT touch or swim around exposed or ungrounded wires. Electricity travels well in water.  Keep in mind:  when you feel a shock, swim away from the dock. Some great resources can be found clicking here!

I am interested in forming a sewer or water district; can you help me?

Yes, LOWA can help you and your neighbors. LOWA can put you in touch with the right professionals to begin the process of getting your area of the lake into a watershed friendly sewer or water district. You can contact LOWA by clicking here!

Are septic tanks safe for the watershed?

Septic tanks can be safe for the watershed IF they are properly designed, installed, and maintained. The best way to ensure you are not damaging the watershed with your septic tank is to have a professional design your system and oversee the installation. Although a central sewer system is usually the best option for a watershed, your septic can be watershed friendly through regular maintenance. To learn more about septic tanks and central sewer options visit the wastewater element page by clicking here!

How do I volunteer for LOWA?

We love our awesome volunteers!  Volunteering for LOWA is a great way to get involved. You can register to volunteer for LOWA by clicking here!

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