A destination in central Missouri that comes to life in the summertime, Lake of the Ozarks is the perfect place for a relaxing vacation. Made famous by the popular Netflix series "Ozarks," this giant reservoir spans over 84 square miles and is host to some of the best lake life in the Midwestern USA. There are over forty waterfront restaurants to enjoy, cruise up on your boat, and indulge in a meal lakeside. Watch the sunset over Osage Beach or turn up the volume with a boat party at Party Cove. Whatever you're in the mood for on your vacation in Missouri, a getaway to Lake of the Ozarks is a must.
Whether you’re traveling with just your partner or with a big group, renting a boat on the Lake of the Ozarks is essential. It’s a boating destination, so you’ll have no problem finding the perfect rental, and you can enjoy affordable prices during most of the summer. The views enjoyed from the water are spectacular as the lake is surrounded by dense trees. A powerboat rental with equipment for watersports like waterskiing, tubing, or wakeboarding is perfect for families visiting with kids or groups of young adults who want to infuse some adrenaline into their boat day. Ask your boat captain or rental owner if they have the gear they can include! The atmosphere on the lake is always lively, with families and groups of friends traveling around, enjoying picnics on their boats, or zipping past on jet skis.
There are many points of interest right on Lake of the Ozarks that are worth checking out by boat. Lake of the Ozarks state park is the largest state park in Missouri, and here there are nice walking trails and caves (check out Bridal Cave, a cave that has been a wedding venue to over 3000 couples) to explore if you're looking to dock your boat and explore on land for a bit. Cruise over to the Swinging Bridge to see it from below, or take your boat to see the Bagnell Dam. In addition to relaxing on your boat, there are many things to see that will keep the day interesting when exploring Lake of the Ozarks.
If you’ve always wanted to try sailing, Lake of the Ozarks is an excellent place for a sailing charter. Cruise by wind power on this massive lake, enjoying the feeling of the open water, without the intense wind and waves of the ocean. It’s a peaceful and relaxing way to spend an afternoon. Your skipper will provide a memorable experience for you and your sailing buddies. Choose from little butterfly sailboats all the way to large monohulls, depending on your preference and group size.
If you’re visiting with a big group and need some space to spread out, look into pontoon and houseboat rentals in Lake of the Ozarks. Pontoon rentals are great for families with kids or if you’re hoping to enjoy an entire day cruising around. Stop for a swim, lay on the deck, and enjoy hours on your private pontoon. You can even find houseboats with waterslides attached, the perfect way to keep kids entertained for hours!
Have a need for speed? Check out your options for jet ski rentals while in Lake of the Ozarks. On a jet ski, you’ll fly across the lake and get to see the surrounding beauty at high speeds! It’s a thrilling ride, and a great way to get an adrenaline rush while you’re out enjoying the lake.
If you prefer to avoid motorized boats and would rather power yourself around, opt for a kayak rental in Lake of the Ozarks. You can paddle yourself along the shoreline, stop at different beaches, and explore on your own time. It’s a fantastic way to get a workout in while you’re visiting the lake, the perfect option for fitness-focused travelers.
Prices for boat rentals on Lake of the Ozarks vary. A powerboat rental without a captain can start at $88/hour, and prices can go up to $6,000/day for a captained charter on a motor yacht.
The best time of year to visit Lake of the Ozarks is during the summer months. Boating season starts in May and often runs into October. June, July and August are the busiest months with the best weather on Lake of the Ozarks.
The water temperature of Lake of the Ozarks varies throughout the year. In the summer, it ranges between 80-88℉, and in the winter the temperatures are in the mid-50’s.
You must be 18 years old to rent and drive a boat on Lake of the Ozarks.
If you were born after 1984, you would need to take a boat safety education course and receive a Boater Safety License to operate a boat. Boat licenses from other states are also valid, and you can take safety courses online as long as they are NASBLA approved.
Most boats will have a sound system with either an AUX connection or bluetooth connection which will allow you to play your own music. It is always best to check with the captain on the specifics prior to booking.
Many boat rentals and charters include the use of floating toys like lily pads, inflatable unicorns, and other items that are perfect for a swimming stop to relax in the water. If you’re hoping to have a float day in addition to your boat day, check the boat listing’s description and ask the boat captain or owner if they have floating toys that are included before confirming your booking.
Joe was a very great captain for our girls trip! He kept us safe and was very professional. Would highly recommend him to take you out for the day! From docking, coving, to driving, he most definitely knew what he was doing.
Booking was easy and the communication between Tom and I Prior to pick up was very good. He made us feel comfortable and idled the boat several times throughout our two hour booking to engage in general conversation. We really enjoyed the experience and will schedule with him in the future.
Brett is Fantastic to deal with and his boat is great for this lake. It handles the large waves easily and the sound system is awesome. Easy pick up / drop off. Would recommend renting!
Very fun, friendly and professional. BEST EXPERIENCE possible, really saved our weekend even though we contacted last minute.
Tom was excellent on the lake waters of Ozark’s.. Great communicator and comes with immense experience… we enjoyed our trip on his well maintained boat! Thanks Tom…
Brett was very easy to deal with a d the boat performed great with no issues. Highly recommend.