Forbes Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful 12,800 acres located in Benton and Camden Counties in Missouri. Consisting of over five miles of shoreline wrapped around the Lake of the Ozarks, it also has three interior lakes that average over 20 acres each, three private boat launches for property owners, a picnic area and an RV park for the sole use of the property owners.
It was subdivided back in the 1980's by Malcolm Forbes, previous publisher of Forbes Magazine. I found this information in Peoples Magazine from their 1984 tidbits section: "Residents of Forbes Lake of the Ozarks, a new community near Warsaw, Mo., won't live on such traditionally named streets as Oak or Maple. Developer Malcolm Forbes, who bills his family-owned magazine as the "Capitalist Tool," named many of his streets after famous capitalists. Home buyers can choose such locations as Charlap Lane (named for E. Paul Charlap, chairman of the Savin Corporation), Araskog Drive (for Rand V. Araskog, chairman of ITT) or Straetz Drive (for Robert P. Straetz, chairman of Textron Inc.). Forbes also named streets for his five children and at least one friend: Off the main drag, Forbes Road, is a curving byway called Nancy Reagan Circle."
There is an abundance of wildlife there walking around as if they were the only ones there! Turkeys and deer roam about hiding in the trees and walking across the roads with no worries!
The roads are marked and it is easy to navigate your way around this beautiful subdivision. Some of the roads are gated to keep out poachers and dumpers as this is a private subdivision.
It is located in Edwards, Missouri, about an hours drive west of Osage Beach where you will find a 100 store outlet mall and a 30 minute drive northwest to the town of Warsaw. Warsaw has a population of about 2,070 and is the closest Wal-Mart.
It is centrally located to many nearby cities: 45 miles east of Osage Beach, 125 miles SE of Kansas City, 223 miles SW of St Louis, and 93 miles North of Springfield. It is heavily forested with streams flowing down to the lake. The varieties of trees is spectacular with oak, walnut, hickory, elm, and sycamore.
The subdivision is zoned for homes or modular homes. Some of the units allow RV use - you can find these units in their covenants which are online at Forbes Land Owner's Association
. You are allowed to camp up to three weeks at a time on lots in those units or build a home. We have tried to note in the listings those that allow camping on them.
There is a community use RV park where you can stay at for free for up to three weeks at a time if you are a property owner! The bathhouses and dump site are open during the warmer months but you can still stay there even if they are not open. A few more covenant highlights that we are commonly asked about are: there is a gun range there for the owners but no hunting is allowed in the subdivision, no pigs or chickens, horses are allowed on lots that are a minimum of 4 acres per lot. Please visit the land owners website to read all of the covenants.
Prior to visiting this subdivision you will need to contact us by email or phone so we can hook you up with the proper map to drive around this subdivision as well as a gate pass. This is a private subdivision that covers over 12,000 acres and has many roads that are a maze! We purchased a very large subdivision map through the LOA that we use to drive around this subdivision and you can purchase this map through them as well or we can mail it to you in the snail mail. You must make arrangements to receive this map prior to being able to receive the gate pass. The LOA does not assist our interested buyers in locating the property and please do not ask them to. We suggest you use MapQuest to locate the LOA's address at 26506 Gardiner Rd. Edwards, MO 65326 so you have maps to the starting point.