DOCK DIGS: BARS AND KITCHENS

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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Anchor-Line Time

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...

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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...

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No Dock-Blocking, No Trespassing

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...

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Healing Waters

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...

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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

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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Elevating Dock Electric Safety

Lake of the Ozarks has 30,000 docks, and local electricians are raising the bar to keep them safe. by Nathan Bechtold A group of electrical contractors at Lake of the Ozarks is banding together to improve dock electric safety. Decades ago, most docks had no need of...

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The Formula For Success

Two Missouri boys’ journeys from selling cars to dream boats by Tegan Shockley & Nathan Bechtold Anyone who’s had a business partner knows the huge upsides… and the potential pitfalls. But with Rick Ball and Steve Brink, it’s been a charmed partnership from the...

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Thunder All Around

Iconic Marine Group owner Fred Ross leveraged his trucking logistics experience into growing performance boating titan Big Thunder, at Lake of the Ozarks. by Eric Colby republished with permission from Soundings Trade Only When Fred Ross was a boy, he stuttered. The...

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Floating 45 Years

For nearly half a century, Poly Lift has kept boats—and the Lake community—afloat by Charlie Noland & Nathan Bechtold As a boat owner, it might seem like you don’t really use your lift very often. You put it down, take the boat out, and then put the boat back on...

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Sharp Move!

FJ Propeller buys the iconic Hering Performance Propellers to create some serious synergy by Matt Trulio/speedonthewater.com A two-time offshore powerboat racing world champion, Casey Boaz, the co-owner of the CR Racing Team as well as FJ Propeller Midwest in Osage...

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‘Ozark’ & The Lake’s Casino

How much truth lies in fiction? by Sara Halverson & Nathan Bechtold Will Lake of the Ozarks ever have a casino? To hear some tell it, the Lake has already had one. In the 1930s, Lakeside Casino was built by Union Electric after finishing the dam. The venue offered...

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Cold-Water Killer

The surprising truth about cold water that every boater should know by Sky Smith & Nathan Bechtold Summer is the season for boating at Lake of the Ozarks, but in many ways, nothing beats the weather of fall. Yes, fall soon turns to winter, and in the Midwest that...

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What’s In A (Boat) Name?

Some boaters have known for years what they’ll name their dream boat. For others, their new vessel’s christening is the result of an agonizingly long debate. By any other name, would the ride would still be as sweet? Each year, Boat Owners Association of The United...

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My Happy Place

Dan Debert What I enjoy the most about the Lake is the diversity of people you encounter. You meet people from all over the country who enjoy the Lake. I have been coming down here my entire life. I've gone from enjoying weekends with my family as a kid, to working at...

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