WELCOME – to the City of Camdenton web site. Camdenton is the county seat of Camden County, nestled on the West side of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks frequently referred to as the “Hub City of the Lake of the Ozarks". Camdenton is home to the annual Dogwood Festival held each April and hosts the Lake of the Ozarks Air Show each September at the Camdenton Memorial-Lake Regional Airport.
The City of Camdenton was incorporated in May 1931 with a strong commitment to continuous improvement to the “quality of life” for its residents. The City is 5 miles square with a permanent population of 3,718 residents (2010 census). The area offers expansive forest, rolling Ozark Mountains and has over 5 million visitors per year who come to enjoy the water sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, and the natural beauty of the outdoors. The Town Square is located at the major intersection of U.S. Highway 54 and Business Route 5 where almost 16,000,000 vehicles travel annually.
The excellent quality of life in Camdenton is exemplified by the award winning Camdenton R-III Schools, with enrollment of over 4,200 students. The school system is recognized for its excellence in academics, athletics, fine arts and other extracurricular activities.
The foundation for economic development is excellent infrastructure and Camdenton is committed to providing our customers with outstanding City services. Camdenton is growing rapidly both in population and in commercial expansion. We are attracting new business because: There are no City property taxes; competitive wage rates; low utility rates; low crime; and a wonderful community to raise a family. Firms looking to locate in Camdenton will find that City leaders have a proactive approach to economic development and to evaluating tax-financing instruments. Camdenton is the place to live, work and have family fun.
The Camdenton Memorial Airport, which we are in the process of expanding the runway to 5,000 feet, is an important element for attracting businesses to the 90-acre Camdenton Industrial Park which is located immediately adjacent to the airport. The airport is operated by a Fixed Base Operator, Lake Aviation Center, LLC , who also offers a variety of additional aeronautical services.
Be sure to visit our 65-acre Camdenton Community Park with its state of the art aquatic facility, baseball fields, newly renovated tennis courts, basketball courts, disc golf course, nature trail and picnic pavilions. Other area attractions include historic Ha Ha Tonka State Park, award winning golf courses, and the 92 mile long Lake of the Ozarks. Camdenton is located near the western edge of the lake which boasts 1,150 miles of meandering shoreline. The lake provides residents and vacationers alike the opportunity to enjoy many water sports, including skiing, fishing (bass, crappie, catfish), boating, riding of personal water craft, and swimming. Visitors may also enjoy boat races to include the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout which benefits many local charities.
Camdenton has a Strong History and Exciting Future continuing to grow by: voluntary annexation, population, retail expansion, housing and attracting new industry to the community. We are committed to quality: education, business and recreation. Whether you have already made Camdenton your home or you are interested in making a move to Camdenton, we encourage you to browse our web site to find out what Camdenton has to offer.
Sincerely, Mayor John McNabb