With gas prices below $2 a gallon, we can expect more tourists at Lake of the Ozarks. Experts say that the coming summer average for gas prices is right around the current levels and possibly a bit lower. The forecast is about a 60 cent per gallon break from the average price last year and almost $1.50 a gallon cheaper than two summers ago. This could be the cheapest driving season since 2004. Local experts predict this will cause a higher number of tourists to be in the Lake area and on the water, which means better economics for Lake of the Ozarks.