Mel, let me make a suggestion.... I live on Pomme-De-Terre lake in SW MO. Pomme Chamber Brochure
Pomme is about 9,000 acres and two arms are each over 12 miles long. So we got lots of fishing and duck hunting water. Also COE (Corps of Engineeers) and MDC (MO. Dept of Conservation) acreages would total...I don't know Lots of acreages. You can find dogwood and redbud on most of it. I have not had any luck transplanting them though.
Real estate: I am familiar with the following sales within the last 4 months.
1. 47 acres, electric, phone,septic tank and a 2/7 share in a water well. $1700/acre Old house burned down.
2. 20 acres, flat, good soil $1500/acre Estate.
3. 40 acres, nice lay, well. septic. elec. Pond, older mobile but could easily be made liveable. $1500/acre Estate.
Now the key is you have to act quick. These kind of deals are available, but they don't last long. All were within 3 miles of the lake.
These were in Hickory and Polk Counties. Very few to no building restrictions. I built my place in Polk County. The only permit I had to get was to have the septic tank professionally installed. Survey,permit and inspection was $200. What inspection?? They knew my installer, he called in and said he was ready. They told him to cover it up, it was approved. The only reason I had to get a permit was as I understand it, we were within 1/4 mile of the lake.
As for Forbes, it isn't Forbes lake, it is a subdivision just off of Lake of the Ozarks...Take a real close look before you comitt,
If I can be of further help, feel free to PM.