Annual lake drawdown taking place soon
LAKE OZARK, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2023) – Dock owners at Lake of the Ozarks and on the Osage River should begin winterizing their docks to prevent damage from freezing water. Ameren Missouri will soon begin its annual drawdown, lowering water levels to below 654.0 feet above sea level. This process helps minimize the risk of spring flooding.
“Water depth can vary significantly from cove to cove, and winterizing docks helps protect them from potential damage caused by periodic fluctuations in lake levels, as well as ice,” said Brad Todd, operations manager at Ameren Missouri’s Osage Energy Center. “Although drought conditions led to lower water levels this fall, we anticipate making adjustments throughout winter in preparation for spring.”
Dock owners can obtain up-to-date information on lake water levels and river flows online at AmerenMissouri.com/Lake or by calling for the Lake Level Daily Report at 573.365.9205.
Ameren Missouri also offers the following tips for Lake of the Ozarks and Osage River dock owners preparing for the drawdown and winter season:
Bagnell Dam houses Ameren Missouri's Osage Energy Center, which produces more than 500 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy for Missouri each year. To learn more about Bagnell Dam, visit Ameren.com.
About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 135,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit Ameren.com/Missouri or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or Facebook.com/AmerenMissouri.