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- you do not want to be a pullover of the Missouri Water Patrol.
DO- 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- NO website
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.
The Strip at Bagnell Dam- Where it all started. Many elements remind you of what it once was long ago. Many great shops, all locally owned and operated. A must see. Candy shops, old tyme photos, arcades, a candle factory and great, unique souvenier shops, not to mention bars and restauarants. Be sure to visit "Beavers", the newest addition, right at the old Casino Pier at the Dam! See: http://beaversatthedam.com/ and for general "Strip" info: http://www.go2lakeoftheozarks.com/lake-of-the-ozarks/lake-of-the-ozarks-shopping/bagnell-dam-shopping/bagnell-dam-shopping.html
H. Toad's at Camden on the Lake- Entertainment complex with pool, swim-up bar, outdoor stage, mall, hotel, indoor restaurant & bar. Regular concerts and good nightlife. http://www.toadcove.com/
Topsider, Poop Deck, Tiki Bar- 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. the night club is for those who enjoy loud music and dance! http://www.topsiderlakeoftheozarks.com/
Pier 31 Yacht Club & Marina- Full service marina with outdoor seating & Key West style bar/restaurant. Has a motel and gift shop, as well. http://www.marinerpier31.com/