Boaters tell us why they love Lake of the Ozarks, and some favorite memories of sunny days on the water.


Ben Vens

photo courtesy or Ben Vens

I grew up spending summers at the Lake with family and working. I have been a full-timer now for almost three years.

What I love most about the Lake is its endless natural beauty and the continual lifelong memories I have made and continue to make while being on the water with family, clients, and friends.

The Lake holds a special place in my heart because it is where I have developed all my passions in life. My love for wake boarding, wake surfing, and boating has developed into a career where I can share my passion with others and go boating and be around boats everyday. Its natural beauty and epic sunsets at the lake has inspired me to capture and share its beauty with my other passion photography and videography.

My most recent favorite memory is when proposed to my beautiful fiancée Stephanie in September 2018 on a boat at sunset: a pretty major life event to add to all of the other amazing experiences I’ve had here.

photo courtesy or Ben Vens



Barb Martin

photo courtesy of Barb Martin

What I love most about the Lake is its peacefulness at night. The water just dances and sparkles in the moonlight. But what I love even more about the Lake is what happens inside my sister’s Lake house: it’s warm and hospitable, just like the people who call the Lake their home.

We’ve been visiting the Lake for at least 35 years. We came at the invitation of our dear friends Don & Jean Hunkler and had such a wonderful time with many other couples and their families.  My sister and her husband loved it so much that they bought a house with my sister’s in-laws, who were the salt of the earth! Every summer after that, we spent wonderful weekends there with family. To me, the Lake means family time. Whether we were out in the boat, in the water, or just hanging out on the dock or in the house, it meant family, food, laughter, water, and boat time. It doesn’t get better than that!

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