Recreational Activities at Lake of the Ozarks
The most prominent recreational activities at the Lake of
the Ozarks are, undoubtedly, boating and water sports. Marinas
and boat ramps exist at virtually any section of the shoreline.
Private individuals operate some while others are associated
with certain resorts, condo rentals, lodges and cabins. Whether
you own your own boat or would like to rent one, access to
boating will be easy. The difficult part may come when you
have to make a choice of the many different kinds of boats
to rent! Sailboats, pontoon boats, bassboats, motorboats,
cruisers, and speedboats are some of the possibilities. The
water sport you want to enjoy may help in making the choice
as with water skiing. Then again, you may simply want to sit
back and let someone else do the driving with a scenic cruise
on an excursion yacht. Other water sports include swimming,
scuba diving, parasailing, and a list that goes on and on.
The Lake area also boasts numerous small rivers that provide
excellent canoeing and kayaking possibilities. Again, you
can bring your own or rent one from the many rental companies
along the river that provide drop-off and pick-up services.
Fishing & Hunting
The Lake of the Ozarks is well known for its excellent fishing.
Largemouth Bass, Crappie, White Bass, Striper and Catfish
take center stage for most Lake anglers. Through excellent
management, regulation and stocking efforts of the Missouri
Department of Conservation, Lake of the Ozarks has provided
a number of state record catches over the past ten years including
a 20.5 lb. hybrid bass, a 34 lb. drum, a 36 lb. buffalo, a
42 lb. muskie, a 91 lb. blue catfish and a 134 lb. 12 oz.
paddlefish. Whether you are a serious pro fisherman or out
with the family for a day of relaxation and fun, the Lake
of the Ozarks has what you want for a great fishing vacation.
Throughout the year, hunters can pursue deer turkey, squirrel,
rabbit, dove, duck, geese and quail in the forests, fields,
farmlands, and on the waters at The Lake. Most hunting in
the Lake region is done on private land with permission of
the landowner. There are also some hunting preserves and some
landowners offer land-lease packages for hunting. Information
regarding fishing and hunting licenses, seasons, limits and
Hunter Training in the state of Missouri is available with
the Lake Area Missouri Department of Conservation.
The golfing enthusiast needs look no further than The Lake
for a golf course to meet his or her specifications. Dozens
of beautifully landscaped and masterfully designed golf courses
abound. Some of the courses are open to the public and some
are set aside for hotel guests only. Spring and fall discounts
are available as well as package deals at resorts that specify
lodging, rounds of golf, green fees and other details for
If music is your passion, the Lake has everything from great
country music shows to establishments that offer jazz, blues,
and rock. The
Lake of the Ozarks Blues Society promotes live performances
of that music at the Lake. To create a newtork for performers
and fans, they publish a monthly newsletter with a musical
calendar for the month. Don't miss the annual BluesFest (in
August) with renowned artists and headliners as well as some
of Missouri's hottest musicians. The Lake of the Ozarks Jazz
Society events occur monthly Janurary through November, with
concerts throughout the season.
More than 100 restaurants at The Lake tempt you with menus
that range from simple to the most exquisite gourmet meal.
Many are located on or over-looking the water. Whether your
style is casual or black-tie or anything in between, The Lake
will have what you want. Full menus include continental cuisine,
traditional Ozark Bar-B-Que and fish, homestyle cooking, buffets
and "fast food". And let's not forget the ice cream parlors
and homemade fudge shops!
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Shopping possibilities are simply endless at the Lake of the
Ozarks. Malls, clothing stores offering business, evening
and casual wear, specialty stores, home and décor, craft shops,
art galleries, music stores, antique shops, flea markets,
emporiums, and bazaars make this area a year-round mecca for
shoppers. The largest top brand outlet mall in the state is
located in the township of Osage Beach. All of this adds up
to The Lake having anything that you could possibly need or
want and being the perfect destination for the casual browser
and those who love to shop 'till they drop.
The Lake area has mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks, amusement
centers and waterparks, old time photoshops, the "Strip" just
north of Bagnell Dam, arcades, movies, concerts, plays, annual
events, festivals and fireworks. Some of the best musicians
and comedians in the state stay right in The Lake region.
An annual BluesFest is held in August and The Lake of the
Ozarks Jazz Society events occur month January through November.
The Dixieland Jazz Festival in October is one of the area's
favorites. The Lake of the Ozarks Chamber of Commerce will
always have a current list of upcoming attractions.
For State Parks, Caves, and Musuems, see our link above titled attractions