Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks is a winding 93 miles (150 km) long. The common indicator for determining a lake location is the mile marker. Beginning at Bagnell Dam  each mile of the lake has a marker designating how far from the dam by water the position is. There are several areas with distinctions
The Lake of the Ozarks is a 92 mile long lake, created by the Bagnell Dam stopping the flow of the Osage River.
The lake is a precious resource, please respect it by throwing away trash and cigarettes into their proper receptacles.
It's a good idea to have a car to get around the Lake of the Ozarks. Public transit is not available. If you have a boat, you can see most of the best areas via water.
There are taxi companies, as well as water taxis that are available.
Renting a boat is a good idea and makes for a great day of sightseeing and visiting nice waterfront establishments, as well as seeing some very large, beautiful home properties; get a map and plot the waterfront places you would like to go. Most marinas will charge around $400 for an all day pontoon rental. Many marinas also rent speedboats and personal watercraft, as well. Be sure to observe No Wake Zones and observe the rules/laws that the marina advises you on and use a designated boat driver if drinking- the Missouri Water Patrol is quite active.
When going to one of the great waterfront restaurant/bars, ask for a "Lake Water" and enjoy.
The Jerk Shack- Waterfront restaurant/bar serving Jamaiican themed food and drink, as well as domestic offerings. Fun atmosphere & great service. 28364 Kettle Road Gravois Mills MO 65037 4 miles North of Laurie - 4/10 East on Hwy P - North on Harbour Road 5.5 Mile Marker on the Gravois Arm 573-372-9999 or 314-808-6430- www.thejerkshack.net
JB Hooks- Excellent lake view with indoor and outdoor seating. Piano bar. Great steaks and seafood. http://www.jbhooks.com/
Larry's on the Lake- RIGHT on the water, literally floating. Great pizza & a variety of other things. Tiki Bar. http://www.larrysonthelake.com/
Shorty Pants Lounge & Marina- Creole/Cajun food and great drinks. Waterfront location. http://www.shortypantslounge.com/
Sunrise Cantina- Great mexican food and atmosphere. Great Margaritas, too. Water view. http://www.sunrisecantina.com/
Ruthie D's- Upscale, yet laid-back dining with good prices. http://www.ruthiedsrestaurant.com/
Dog Days- Great location, right on the water at the Grand Glaize Bridge. Great food and they make a great drinks, to boot. Large Tiki Bar outside. http://www.dogdays.ws/
Docknockers- Fun bar. Not too big, not too small, but just right. Fun, waterfront atmosphere. Be sure to try the crab legs, too. http://www.docknockers.com/
Backwater Jacks- "Floribbean" themed waterfront bar/restaurant. Known for their Rumrunners. http://backwaterjacks.com/
Paradise Tropical Restaurant & Bar- Just how it sounds with a great waterfront view on the main channel. Has live reggae music all summer with a real band from the Carribbean. http://www.paradisetropicalrestaurant.com/
Shady Gators Bar and Grill- Great food and drink right on the water. Next door is "Lazy Gators", which has an infiniti pool and rentable cabanas. http://www.shadygators.com/
Coconuts Carribbean Beach Bar & Grill- You have to see it to believe it. http://www.coconutsatthelake.com/
Franky & Louie's Beachfront Bar & Grill- White sand beach, great food & drink. http://www.frankyandlouies.com/
Bulldog's Beach House- Excellent drink specials and the food is great, too! http://www.bulldogsbeachhouse.com/
Carrying insect repellent during the summer months is a wise idea. Mosquito and other chiggers in the grass and brush can turn a fun trip into an unpleasant one.