Lake Ozark, near Sunrise Beach - MO, is a small town in the Lake of the Ozarks region of Missouri. The Ozarks' spectacular scenery quickly transformed the lake into a major boating and resort area. Boating, swimming, and fishing are very popular. Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest state park in Missouri. It was created when the Osage River was dammed beginning in the late 1920's. When it was built it became one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. There are at least 16 golf courses in the area. More than 3 million people visit the lake annually. Other towns in the area include Lakeland, Lakeview, Lakeside, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and others.The population is less than 2,000 people.