Beaver Creek Paylake and Fish Fry is located within easy driving distance of many other Ozark attractions. We are 35 miles Southeast of the backgate of Fort Leonard Wood where a wonderful Army Museum is located just off of I-44. As you travel Southwest on I-44, you are on or near historic Route 66. Museums and historic sites are abundant in old towns such as Waynesville and Lebanon. East of Lebanon, the Lambeth Bridge, where Tulsa Dr. crosses the Osage Fork of the Gasconade River, is one of the few old wooden floored arch bridges left standing today.
Springfield, on I-44, has the Battlefield Mall, Bass Pro Shops, and Wilson Creek National Battlefield. It leads to Branson, home of the amusement park Silver Dollar City, and the "Shepard of the Hills" country. If you travel South from Lebanon on Highway 5, you will arrive in historic old Hartville, Missouri. Several Confederate soldiers are buried in a mass grave in Hartville's Steele Cemetary. Some 54 Cherokees are buried in an unmarked grave three miles East of Hartville near Missouri Conservation Department's "Camp Branch" access on the Gasconade River. This happened early in 1839 when some 1,800 Cherokees led by Peter Hilderbrand camped there for a month during the "Trail of Tears"! Today, that part of the trace coincides with Highway 38.
If you travel South on Highway 5 past Hartville, you will come to Mansfield on Highway 60, the last home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the "Little House on the Prairie" novels. Her home and museum are a must see! Also near Mansfield is Baker's Creek Seed Company and Pioneer Village, featuring heirloom plants and seeds.
Twenty-five miles North of Beaver Creek Paylake (at the junction of Highway 95 and Highway 60), you will find Mountain Grove, which is the gateway to several old water mills. Rock Bridge is also a great trout ranch to visit. Further South and East are many huge springs such as Big Spring, Alley Springs, and Mammoth Springs.