My Happy Place

Boaters tell us why they love Lake of the Ozarks, and some favorite memories of sunny days on the water. Ben VensI 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 History: The Lake of the Ozarks in the 1960s

1960s — Second-Home Ownership GrowsTourism Booms. Boat Manufacturers Move To The Lake. SeaDoos Invented.The magnet of a huge lake in the beautiful Ozarks along with the glitter and entertainment along the Bagnell Dam Strip drew more than 100,00 people a...

Captain Ron & The Tale Of The First Shootout

by Nathan Bechtold“A change in the winds,” Captain Ron Duggan muttered under his breath. He adjusted his course bearings and steadied his grip on the helm; he knew what this strange shift foretold.Years ago Captain Ron had piloted the fastest ship on the...

Redhead Serves Up Lakefront Dining, Year-Round

Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest’s favorite playground, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day, vacationers abound and business is booming. But when October hits, locals and boaters know plenty of waterfront places close for the winter. Not so at Redhead...

The Go-Fast Scene: Lake Of The Ozarks Is The Center Of Speed

All motion, Einstein tells us, is relative. A mach-speed fighter pilot outstrips the rat race on the highway far below. There white-knuckling drivers jockey for position, darting at speeds measured in single miles per hour. Everything, though, must seem...
Lake History: The Lake of the Ozarks in the 1960s

Lake History: The Lake of the Ozarks in the 1960s

1960s — Second-Home Ownership GrowsTourism Booms. Boat Manufacturers Move To The Lake. SeaDoos Invented.The magnet of a huge lake in the beautiful Ozarks along with the glitter and entertainment along the Bagnell Dam Strip drew more than 100,00 people a...

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Boat Review: Starcraft SLS 3

Gone are the days of the one-trick “party barge” that shakes, rattles and rolls its way across the lake. The Starcraft SLS 3 possesses a Transformer-like adaptability and construction you can count on for increased strength and endurance — and a much...

Boat Review: Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

In the arms race for fastest personal watercraft on the planet, the RXT-X 300 has few rivals. The secret is a new hull and deck design that enhances wave penetration, shaves weight and lowers the center of gravity, making it more stable but also lighter....

Boat Review: Pursuit S 328

It’s hard to be a center console these days. The utilitarian nature of the design demands that you should be able to do anything your owner wants at any time, whether it be bottom-fishing for big channel cats, sling-shotting the kids on a tube, hosting a...

Boat Review: PlayCraft 2700 Powertoon X-Treme

You’ve seen stock pontoon boats topping 50, even 60 mph at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. Now boost your own Lake-cred with this jaw-droppingly powerful, amazingly stylish tri-toon that can be packed with all the features you like. The 2700 Powertoon...

Boat Review: Eliminator 28 Speedster

There’s nothing quite like the rumble and roar of a speedboat — fire up the ignition, push the throttles forward and savor the sonic rush. The Eliminator 28 is a thunder god in watercraft form, built for flashy performance and style. Svelte catamaran lines...
Boat Review: Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

Boat Review: Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

In the arms race for fastest personal watercraft on the planet, the RXT-X 300 has few rivals. The secret is a new hull and deck design that enhances wave penetration, shaves weight and lowers the center of gravity, making it more stable but also lighter....

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Boat Review: Pursuit S 328

Boat Review: Pursuit S 328

It’s hard to be a center console these days. The utilitarian nature of the design demands that you should be able to do anything your owner wants at any time, whether it be bottom-fishing for big channel cats, sling-shotting the kids on a tube, hosting a...

read more
Boat Review: PlayCraft 2700 Powertoon X-Treme

Boat Review: PlayCraft 2700 Powertoon X-Treme

You’ve seen stock pontoon boats topping 50, even 60 mph at the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. Now boost your own Lake-cred with this jaw-droppingly powerful, amazingly stylish tri-toon that can be packed with all the features you like. The 2700 Powertoon...

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The Go-Fast Scene: Lake Of The Ozarks Is The Center Of Speed

All motion, Einstein tells us, is relative. A mach-speed fighter pilot outstrips the rat race on the highway far below. There white-knuckling drivers jockey for position, darting at speeds measured in single miles per hour. Everything, though, must seem...

Furry First Mates! 12 Tips For Bringing Your Pup Aboard

by Emily Smith“Dog people” are their own special breed of human. To us, dogs aren’t pets - they’re family - so it’s only natural that we want to take our furry children with us wherever we go, and that includes going on boat rides. Taking your dog out on...

Find The Best Wakeboard & Wakesurf Coves At Lake Of The Ozarks: Tips From A Pro

by Sydney Liesmann The Lake of the Ozarks is known for its fantastic scenery and recreational boating; however, it may not be the first place enthusiasts consider for recreational watersports. That is about to change. Kirby Liesmann, owner of Kirby’s...

4 Drinks On The Water’s Edge & Where To Find Them

by Al Griffin & Emily Smith Nectar Of The Gods — Paradise Restaurant Paradise’s signature drink, “Nectar of the Gods,” is like a peach party in your mouth! Made of white rum, Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps, and ice-blended mango drizzled with strawberry...
Furry First Mates! 12 Tips For Bringing Your Pup Aboard

Furry First Mates! 12 Tips For Bringing Your Pup Aboard

by Emily Smith“Dog people” are their own special breed of human. To us, dogs aren’t pets - they’re family - so it’s only natural that we want to take our furry children with us wherever we go, and that includes going on boat rides. Taking your dog out on...

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4 Drinks On The Water’s Edge  & Where To Find Them

4 Drinks On The Water’s Edge & Where To Find Them

by Al Griffin & Emily Smith Nectar Of The Gods — Paradise Restaurant Paradise’s signature drink, “Nectar of the Gods,” is like a peach party in your mouth! Made of white rum, Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps, and ice-blended mango drizzled with strawberry...

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