$100,000 From Grandpa’s Honey Hole

$100,000 From Grandpa’s Honey Hole

Brock Boyher’s Big Bass Bash story has it all: underdog, nostalgia, drama, a hailstorm, and in the end: victory. by Kate Robbins You’ve never heard a fish story like this one. On his very first cast at his very first tournament, Brock Boyher won the 2023 Spring Big...

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Vacasa! Vacation Rental Management, Solved

Vacasa! Vacation Rental Management, Solved

Lake of the Ozarks is a top tourist destination in the U.S. with all the miles of shoreline, tasty restaurants, and amazing real estate. And that’s why Vacasa Missouri (“Vacasa”) entered the vacation market here in the spring of 2022. Vacasa is a premier full-service...

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Avaria Means No Compromise

Avaria Means No Compromise

A luxury day boat for those who want to break away. by Sue Rodman, republished with permission from MarineMax Lifestyles Magazine They say every good party ends up in the kitchen. On the water, that kitchen is the exquisitely designed Aviara luxury day boat built in...

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Kirby

Kirby <3s Malibu

Champion wakeboarder Kirby Liesmann, of Kirby’s School of Wake, talks about his Stateamind/Iguana partnership, and reveals why he loves Malibu and Axis boats. by Nathan Bechtold When three-time wakeboarding world champion Kirby Liesmann started wakeboarding...

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DockBloxx Roxx!

DockBloxx Roxx!

This ingenius device is taking docks by storm. Why? Because it holds everything. By Annika Bringman Keeping a dock tidy can be tough. From fishing poles to life jackets to kayaks, figuring out where to store boating accessories is a perennial challenge. It’s tempting...

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Big Developments on the Lake

Big Developments on the Lake

After two or three years of talking about it, my cousin Trevor and I finally got our families together for an afternoon of boating. On a cloudy Saturday in September, we climbed aboard his wake boat—me, my oldest three kids, Trevor, his son, and his dad David (the...

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Neon Taco Hits The Spot, In Bold Style

THE Dam Taco Bar! by Ariel Kralina - photos by Lake Shots Photography With an eye-catching neon pink exterior, it’s hard to miss Neon Taco whether you’re on the Strip, or on the water! Located right next to Bagnell Dam — at the 0 Mile Marker by water, and 1076 Bagnell...

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Who’s Watching Your Lake Home

Riggs Request offers Lake homeowners peace of mind Whether it’s the winter months or just a summer weekday, Lake of the Ozarks second-homeowners are forced to deal with a dilemma: who is keeping an eye on the Lake house when they're gone? When a home is vacant, issues...

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Work From Lake

The explosion of interest in Lake of the Ozarks has brought new residents from far-flung places. The remote-work trend is making it possible. by Kate Robbins and Nathan Bechtold The Covid-19 epidemic and the real estate boom that followed have expanded Lake of the...

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Solar On The Dock!

Lake of the Ozarks is especially suited for solar, and lakefront homeowners are discovering it. by Kate Robbins & Nathan Bechtold The Lake was built for energy. While Union Electric figured their new lake would have recreational potential, they were primarily...

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What’s Developing?

Big things are under construction at the Lake: projects that promise to grow and reshape the Lake economy for good. by Nathan Bechtold The Lake of the Ozarks has long struggled under the “seasonal economy” stigma. And no doubt, the Lake’s population swings...

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Tragedy & Mystery

How many people were aboard, during one of the most infamous boating calamities in Lake of the Ozarks history? by Nathan Bechtold & Captain Charles Meyer, various photos collected by Captain Charles Meyer A short tour of the Lake. A freak storm. Three people,...

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The Big Gamble

Inside the schemes and dreams of two very different groups with the same aim: be the first to build a casino at Lake of the Ozarks. by Nathan Bechtold The buzz of energy and anticipation fills the room. Lights glimmer off cocktail glasses and diamond jewelry. A shout...

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Editor’s Note

“The present is the future of the past,” sings Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman. That profundity is not original to Jon. He loves borrowing from philosophers and historic theologians for his lyrics, and in this case, the idea comes nearly verbatim from St. Augustine in...

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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...

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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...

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