Pups On The Patio!

by Kate Robbins Looking for a great restaurant on the Lake of the Ozarks but want to bring your furry best friend along? Look no further than this list of dog-friendly restaurants on and off the water! On Water: Ozark Yacht Club: (outdoor seating only) 1 Mile Marker...

The Magic Dragon Tour

Explore the shore: eight must-see spots on Lake of the Ozarks. by Kate Robbins Leisurely cruising down the Lake of the Ozarks, gawking at (and sometimes critiquing!) the mansions on the shoreline is a well-loved boating pastime. But in addition to homes, the Lake’s...

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...

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...
SNAPSHOT: Lake Of The Ozarks In The ‘60s

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...

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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...

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...

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...

Up From The Deep

Missouri State Highway Patrol rescue divers see a lot… especially when they can’t see a thing. by Public Info. Spec. III Cheryl D. Cobb (Q/PIED), republished with permission In 1960, four troopers were trained in scuba diving to serve part time with a Water Rescue...

A Premier Pick-Up

With the purchase of Premier 54, Rick Ball and Steve Brink keep growing their marine business portfolio at Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s their secret. by Nathan Bechtold Where would the number-one dealer of Chaparral Boats in the world be located? Of course, the answer...
The North Shore

The North Shore

Homebuyers are finding this stretch of lakefront real estate appealing, for a host of reasons. Photo by Lake Shots Photography by Kate Robbins The real estate market has exploded at Lake of the Ozarks. In 2021, home sales were on-pace to show a 33% increase compared...

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The Lake’s Lost Towns

The Lake’s Lost Towns

Beneath these waters, a history lies… by Janet Dabbs, with additional information by Michael Gillespie (posthumous) Bagnell Dam was—and is—an engineering marvel, one that would supply electricity to Missouri and, in creating Lake of the Ozarks, bring economic...

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Business In Their Blood

Business In Their Blood

The family that founded Cobalt Boats just bought family-owned Summerset Boat Lifts at Lake of the Ozarks. Meet the St. Clairs. by Nathan Bechtold - all photos courtesy the Brooks & St. Clair families Ancient historians report when the Romans went to war, their...

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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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Pups On The Patio!

by Kate Robbins Looking for a great restaurant on the Lake of the Ozarks but want to bring your furry best friend along? Look no further than this list of dog-friendly restaurants on and off the water! On Water: Ozark Yacht Club: (outdoor seating only) 1 Mile Marker...

The Magic Dragon Tour

Explore the shore: eight must-see spots on Lake of the Ozarks. by Kate Robbins Leisurely cruising down the Lake of the Ozarks, gawking at (and sometimes critiquing!) the mansions on the shoreline is a well-loved boating pastime. But in addition to homes, the Lake’s...

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...

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...
Bear Bottom Resort: Explosive Flavors & Family Fun

Bear Bottom Resort: Explosive Flavors & Family Fun

by Connye Griffin & LakeExpo.com On the water’s edge at the 38MM, tucked into a cove at the edge of one of the Lake’s most picturesque bluffs, sprawls a family oasis like no other. Bear Bottom Resort is renowned for a 700-foot waterslide, swim-up pool bar, live...

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Shorty Pants! A Trip To The Bayou On Lake Of The Ozarks

Shorty Pants! A Trip To The Bayou On Lake Of The Ozarks

Shorty Pants Lounge cooks up food and fun with a Cajun twist by Deborah Wolfe Tucked away in a gentle cove on Lake of the Ozarks’ 22MM, the Creole-influenced Shorty Pants restaurant has been a favorite among Lake locals and visitors for more than 15 years. The sound...

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