Your own boat is always welcome at the Lake of the Ozarks. Bring it along and launch it at one of the area’s nine public access ramps at Bagnell Dam, Gravois Mills, Sunrise Beach, Lake of the Ozarks State Park and other locations. Some charge a small access fee and also offer gas and convenience items. Or you can use the launching ramp at one of the Lake’s many full-service commercial marinas, where you also can purchase gas and supplies. Staying overnight? Several lodging facilities offer private boat slips so you can step out your door, right onto your boat.
No boat is no problem here. Speedboats, pontoons, fishing boats and personal watercraft can be rented by the hour, day or more at marinas, resorts and campgrounds. Be sure to check on Missouri’s requirements regarding boating safety certification for residents and visitors.
For an easy and enjoyable boat ride, take a leisurely Lake cruise. Several vessels operate from early spring through late fall and offer relaxing and informative scenic tours, as well as dinner, dancing and other special excursions.
Numerous charter services operate at the Lake of the Ozarks. Many people find chartering a boat for an hour or a day is just right for a romantic sunset cruise or a relaxing day out on the Lake. And why drive to a restaurant when you can cruise there? Another unique way to cruise the Lake of the Ozarks is by houseboat. Forever Resorts Houseboat Rentals offer deluxe houseboats for an unforgettable Lake cruising experience. Spacious and comfortable, some have an upper-deck hot tub and bar!
Always designate a sober captain if you’ll be drinking while cruising. Remember, Missouri’s legal blood alcohol content for operating a vessel recently dropped from .10% to .08%. “Think Before You Sink” and have a safe and enjoyable time at the Lake of the Ozarks!