FASS Man, FASS Boat

The story of Brad Ekstam, the man behind one of the Lake’s most well-known boats and coolest business success stories: FASS Diesel Fuel Systems. by Christy Wagner, Lake Ozark The year was 2003. Brad Ekstam was a man of humble beginnings and had driven a semi-truck...

DOCK DIGS: BARS AND KITCHENS

by Deanna Wolff Nothing complements dock life like a bar and/or kitchen! It’s the perfect place to hang out with family and friends after a delightful day out on the boat. Enjoy refreshing lakeside cocktails at the bar or cook a mess of fresh-caught crappie in your...

DOCK DIGS: FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

by Deanna Wolff Docks aren’t just for boats anymore. Customizing your dock for your individual needs will make your dock the place to hang out on hot summer days – and nights. Consider adding a few of the ideas below to your floating haven. Then grab your favorite...

DOCK DIGS: ELECTRONICS & UPGRADES

by Deanna Wolff When it’s time for fun on the dock, you want to be safe and you want to keep your stuff safe. These Lake of the Ozarks businesses have unique innovations to make your dock fun and safe, and a way to catch sneaky intruders in the act. 1. Dock Boxes and...

Weird And Wacky: 4 Drinks you can ONLY get at Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is known for all kinds of excellent food and drink, but there are a few drinks that you can only get at the Lake. These four world-class drinks are as weird, wacky and wonderful as the Lake itself! The Minnow Shot  The Minnow shot is one of the...
PHOTOS: Lake of the Ozarks Boat Parades

PHOTOS: Lake of the Ozarks Boat Parades

Boaters from more than a dozen states came to Lake of the Ozarks for a world-record attempt at the largest boat parade ever, in 2021. In all, 612 boaters were counted. The world record, set in Malaysia in 2014, is 1,180. So, no new record, at least not this time. The...

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Anchor-Line Time

For many boaters, the weekend is spent on the boat or the community dock, where evenings jive and friendships thrive. They’re called “live-aboards.” by Christy Wagner, Lake Ozark The Miceks For Mike and Diane Micek, living the dock life started more than three decades...

Where To Buy?

You know the kind of Lake life you want, but where’s the best place for it? Lake of the Ozarks realtors know just the spot. by Kate Robbins The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the hottest real estate spots in the country. With vast waters to explore, and plenty to do...

No Dock-Blocking, No Trespassing

Two new rules of the water that Lake of the Ozarks boaters need to know by Nathan Bechtold A new Missouri law went into effect, late in the 2021 boating season, and it affects boaters and dock owners alike. The two big things to know? 1. No more anchoring your boat...

Healing Waters

Wake For Warriors gives wounded military members a place to carve wakes in the sunshine and connect with other veterans. MarineMax is bringing them to Lake of the Ozarks. by Kate Robbins For millions of people, Lake of the Ozarks is a place for fun-in-the-sun and...

SNAPSHOT: Lake Of The Ozarks In The ‘60s

by Al Griffin & Nathan Bechtold In the 1960s, the Lake of the Ozarks truly came into its own as the Midwest's playground. Amid the ups and downs of the tumultuous decade, Lake of the Ozarks proved to be the perfect place for a summer getaway. The magnet of a huge...
Finding Fish Their Way

Finding Fish Their Way

Fishermen are always angling for an edge. Some love tech, some lean on tradition, and others say it’s all about big baits. by Brent Frazee When Andy Newcomb launches his bass boat at Lake of the Ozarks, it looks like a floating computer lab, filled with the latest...

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The Locksmith, The Powerboat, & The Roller Coaster

The Locksmith, The Powerboat, & The Roller Coaster

Wife's Money, vintage boats and hillbilly engineering on the Gravois Arm, the Rickers are living Lake Life their way, and they're having a blast. by Kate Robbins The Lake of the Ozarks shoreline is covered with interesting sites to see, from million-dollar homes to...

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The Small Waters

The Small Waters

Beauty and brilliance upstream: boaters are exploring the Lake above the 40MM by Deanna Wolff It’s no secret that there’s absolutely nothing better than spending the day cruising, coving, and catching fish, and converging at waterfront restaurant/bars on the Lake of...

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Gaining An Edge On Props: FJ Propeller Midwest’s High-Tech Shop

Every good propeller starts with a pro by Deanna Wolff Racing boats is about precision, so keeping a performance boat in tip-top condition is essential. When it comes to propellers, even the slightest fault in a prop blade can mean a 10-15 percent decrease in...

2020 Boat Review: Yamaha 275 SD

Jet sport boats have come a long way in recent years and the Yamaha 275SD is at the leading edge of new technology and design. With its sleek lines and impressive performance, you will feel like you are riding the wave of the future in this versatile craft. At 27...

2020 Boat Review: Playcraft X-treme

Playcraft pontoons are certainly not your father’s pontoon. The X-Treme line is aptly named, and unlike any other pontoon on the Lake. With custom paint and upholstery that looks swiped from a race boat, these pontoons would fit right in at any poker run. But they...

2020 Boat Review: Tiara 34 LS

The Tiara 34 LS is the epitome of what a luxury sport yacht should be. It is stylish, comfortable, sporty and surprisingly utilitarian in an elegant way. From bow to stern the well-thought-out and superbly executed features make time on the water more enjoyable. From...

2020 Boat Review: Sunsation 40 CCX

If you take the utility of a center console and cross it with the styling and performance of a top-of-the-line supercar, you end up with the Sunsation 40CCX. With performance as good as its styling, this boat will turn heads and put a smile on whoever is lucky enough...
2020 Boat Review: Starcraft CX 25 Q

2020 Boat Review: Starcraft CX 25 Q

Style and comfort year after year. That is what owners of the Starcraft CX 25 Q can expect from their new pontoon boat. With one of the best warranties offered by pontoon manufacturers – a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and structure and a six-year warranty on...

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2020 Boat Review: Bentley 243 Navigator

2020 Boat Review: Bentley 243 Navigator

Enjoying a sundowner with friends or towing the kids on a tube, the Bentley 243 Navigator will turn heads on the Lake. This luxurious pontoon has all the creature comforts and looks good sitting still or underway. Have it rigged for quiet times on the water, or for...

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2020 Boat Review: Formula 400 SSC

2020 Boat Review: Formula 400 SSC

If you love to be pampered but also crave power and performance, read on. Versatile with comfort and super sport performance, the 2020 Formula 400 SSC has what it takes to spoil and thrill all aboard. The spacious layout of this 40-footer allows for multiple...

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DOCK DIGS: BARS AND KITCHENS

by Deanna Wolff Nothing complements dock life like a bar and/or kitchen! It’s the perfect place to hang out with family and friends after a delightful day out on the boat. Enjoy refreshing lakeside cocktails at the bar or cook a mess of fresh-caught crappie in your...

DOCK DIGS: FURNITURE AND ACCESSORIES

by Deanna Wolff Docks aren’t just for boats anymore. Customizing your dock for your individual needs will make your dock the place to hang out on hot summer days – and nights. Consider adding a few of the ideas below to your floating haven. Then grab your favorite...

DOCK DIGS: ELECTRONICS & UPGRADES

by Deanna Wolff When it’s time for fun on the dock, you want to be safe and you want to keep your stuff safe. These Lake of the Ozarks businesses have unique innovations to make your dock fun and safe, and a way to catch sneaky intruders in the act. 1. Dock Boxes and...

Take Better Boating Photos From Your Phone

Five tips for taking photos you'll be proud to share. by Ryerson Clark, republished courtesy of BoatUS Magazine, with introduction by Nathan Bechtold A day on Lake of the Ozarks is worth photographing. But whether your photos are worth looking at is a whole different...
Where To Buy?

Where To Buy?

You know the kind of Lake life you want, but where’s the best place for it? Lake of the Ozarks realtors know just the spot. by Kate Robbins The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the hottest real estate spots in the country. With vast waters to explore, and plenty to do...

read more
Finding Fish Their Way

Finding Fish Their Way

Fishermen are always angling for an edge. Some love tech, some lean on tradition, and others say it’s all about big baits. by Brent Frazee When Andy Newcomb launches his bass boat at Lake of the Ozarks, it looks like a floating computer lab, filled with the latest...

read more
The Small Waters

The Small Waters

Beauty and brilliance upstream: boaters are exploring the Lake above the 40MM by Deanna Wolff It’s no secret that there’s absolutely nothing better than spending the day cruising, coving, and catching fish, and converging at waterfront restaurant/bars on the Lake of...

read more

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