If you are familiar with the Lake of the Ozarks, by now I'm sure you've heard that for 2016 it was voted the best recreational lake in the U.S. by a reader survey done by USA Today. It was not stated how many readers took the survey, but the list of ten was whittled down from a selection of 20 lakes.
So why exactly does the Lake of the Ozarks rank so highly when compared to other popular lakes such as Lake Powell (#10), Lake Tahoe (#5), or even Lake Michigan(#7)? What makes a lake popular? What makes a lake ideal for "recreational use"?
Why is the Lake of the Ozarks the "Best Recreational Lake"?