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Lake of the Ozarks [1] region, lake and recreation area is located in the Central Missouri region of Missouri. It is a very popular tourist area in the northern part of the Ozarks.

Regions[edit]

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 [2] 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

  • North Shore referring to the first 6 miles along the North side of the lake.
  • Horseshoe Bend refers to the peninsula created by the bend in the lake along the first 17 miles of water. The area is often referred to by the main highway that runs its length "HH".
  • Shawnee bend
  • West Area includes Laurie and Sunrise Beach.
  • Grand Glaize
  • Gravois Arm

Cities[edit]

Understand[edit]

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.

Get in[edit]

Get around[edit]

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.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • See some beauty and caves at Lake of the Ozarks State Park, [3], the largest park in the state.
  • Cross the Swinging Bridge [4] over Grand Glaize Creek near Brumley, MO
  • Have dinner at one of over forty waterfront restaurants or hundreds of other restaurants
  • Go golfing. There are more than 13 golf courses around the lake.
  • Go shopping at the outlet mall in Osage Beach: Osage Beach Premium Outlets [5]
  • Go Fishing. There are more than 1300 miles of shoreline on the Lake of the Ozarks. That's a lot of Crappie.
  • See the castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park [6]
  • Take a scenic tour on the water. Celebration Cruises http://www.celebrationlakeozark.com/
  • If you're the drinking and partying type, make your way to the Party Cove. (You will need a boat – and be sure to have a sober designated driver along.)
  • Rent a boat or a wave runner.
  • Play the arcades and shop the Lake Ozark strip.
  • Seven Springs Winery, 846 Winery Hills Estates, +1 573 317-0100, [7]. 11AM-10PM daily. Atop 160 acres of rolling foothills between Camdenton and Osage Beach, the winery is less than ten minutes from either location. Covered porch and patio for wine sampling and admiring the beautiful views. The winery serves Missouri wines, sangrias, and a few micro-brews and offers wine tastings and a light menu consisting of soups, sandwiches, cheese trays, and bread with various dipping oils. Shuttle bus from lake area locations, with a maximum of 14 guests for $10/person, with a minimum of $60. Please call for a price quote for distances farther than 20 miles from the Winery. Advance arrangements necessary.  edit

When going to one of the great waterfront restaurant/bars, ask for a "Lake Water" and enjoy.

  • The Strip at Bagnell Dam, [8]. Where it all started. Many elements remind you of what it once was long ago. Many locally owned and operated shops. Candy shops, old tyme photos, arcades, a candle factory, souvenier shops, bars and restauarants.  edit
  • H. Toad's at Camden on the Lake, 2359 Bittersweet Rd, Lake Ozark, Mo. 65049, 573-365-5620, [9]. Entertainment complex with pool, swim-up bar, outdoor stage, mall, hotel, indoor restaurant & bar. Regular concerts and good nightlife. On Site Water Taxi and Charter Service by Playin Hooky Water Taxi & Charters LLC, Offering Bar Hop Cruises, Coconut Shuttle, Water Taxi and Charters. 573-434-2627  edit
  • Topsider (Poop Deck, Tiki Bar), [10]. Large complex with multi-level decks, outdoor seating, pool,tiki-bar and night club. Great for relaxing by the lake with food/drink during the day.  edit
  • Pier 31 Yacht Club & Marina, [11]. Full service marina with outdoor seating & Key West style bar/restaurant. Has a motel and gift shop, as well.  edit
  • Playin Hooky Water Taxi & Charters LLC (Located at H-Toad's/Camden on the Lake), 2359 Bittersweet Rd, Lake Ozark, Mo. 65049 (36 Passenger Catamaran), 573-434-2627, [12]. 10:00 am - 1:30 am daily. Offering 4 Hr Bar Hop Cruises, Coconut Shuttle running from H.Toads/Camden on the Lake to Coconuts. They also run water taxi and charters 7 days a week til 1:30 am. Also don't forget the 4th of July Cruise for watching the fireworks from the water. http://www.playinhookyatthelake.com/  edit


Eat[edit][add listing]

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/

Drink[edit][add listing]

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/

Stay safe[edit]

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.

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