The Lake of the Ozarks is a large reservoir created by impounding the Osage River in the northern part of the Ozarks in central Missouri. With more than 1,150 miles of shoreline, including a main channel that stretches 92 miles, the lake of Ozarks is Missouri’s most popular and largest lake destination. Ozark Mountains forests are comprised of tall hardwood species forming a thick canopy, with shorter understory trees growing beneath. Some 200 different tree species grow in the Ozarks, over 300 in all if counting the hybrids. There are 49 species of oak, 23 species of hickory, 16 of maple, and 12 of basswood. Common Ozark commercial timber species are pine, oaks, gums, elm, hickory, pecan, sycamore, hackberry, ash, beech, maple, cedar, and walnut. All these different types of mature trees have displayed such a breath-taking color stretches along the bends of both sides of the lakes. Peak color time is the last two weeks of October.