It's time to spend a few lazy afternoons on the water. Luckily, there is no shortage of local spots to cool off. Here's your guide to pools, beaches and ways you can enjoy these bright, sunshiny days!

Don’t forget the sunscreen! Summer is here and so is the heat and humidity. It’s time to spend a few lazy afternoons on the water. Luckily, there is no shortage of local spots to cool off. Here’s your guide to pools, beaches and ways you can enjoy these bright, sunshiny days! 

Grab a paddle

It’s one of the fastest growing watersports at Lake of the Ozarks. If you don’t already own a paddleboard, chances are you’ve heard about them.

Even before it was trendy, Lake resident Becky Thompson enjoyed paddleboarding. Getting out on the Lake has become her favorite way to stay fit.

Becky decided to try paddleboarding a few years ago with a friend, and ended up purchasing a board.

“I started to paddle every chance I could, even into the fall,” Becky said. “I love being outside with the water and the sky. It gives me a break from the rest of the world!”

After taking a lesson outside of the Lake area, Becky was encouraged to become a paddleboard instructor, so she completed her PaddleFit certification and started teaching to groups. It became a big hit.

Even if you’ve never tried paddleboarding, Becky says anyone can do it. Whether you start on your knees, sit or stand you are sure to have a good time.

Any sized group is welcome. Cost per person out of Ha Ha Tonka or Sugarloaf Vineyard is $45 (for groups of 1-3) or $40 per person for groups of four or more. The boards, paddles and lifejackets are provided. The Sugarloaf Vineyard location offers quieter water and a stop inside the onyx cave. Depending on what the group wants, Becky says she can throw a workout together which might include lunges and pushups, or just offer a relaxing paddle to take in the sights.

This summer she started PaddleFit classes at Wake Effects held Tuesdays at 10 a.m., and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Cost for these classes are $35 per person.

The paddleboard classes are usually between 1.5 to two hours. Watch for upcoming moonlight paddle events, held at dark.

More info: Paddle it out with Becky on Facebook, 573-480-4690

Where to go

You can find many places at the Lake that sell paddleboards, but what if you just want to play for the day? These businesses can help! While many of them offer paddleboards for sale, they also make it easy so a whole group can get together for a paddleboard class or just to rent one for a few hours.

Super Dave’s Paddle Craft Adventures

Single and tandem kayaks, paddle boats, as well as SUPs for rent. Child-sized paddle boards and boards for beginners to advanced available. Hourly rentals include a basic lesson prior to the start of the rental clock. Full-day rentals are available so you can take boards back to your cove or dock.

Where: 1028 Deer Valley Park, Sunrise Beach (next to Franky & Louie’s)

Contact: 239-233-3038

Iguana Watersports

From two hours to several days, there are 2-and 13-foot boards to choose from. You can reserve a spot at one of their three locations: on the Bagnell Dam Strip, at the 5.5-mile marker or at the 19-mile marker.

Where: Located at Iguana Headquarters, Iguana on the Northshore, or at Topsider

Book online: www.iguanawatersports.com

Wake Effects

Choose between 2 hours, 4 hours, all day, the weekend or a full week. Cost ranges from $35-$300. There are also paddleboard yoga and PaddleFit classes offered.

Book online: www.wakeeffects.com

Kali’a Maluhia SUP Yoga

Booking private sessions for groups of up to five people.

Where: Floating studio launching out at locations across the Lake area.

Text or call: 314-281-8191, Kali’a Maluhia SUP Yoga on Facebook

Don’t forget about these municipal and public pools! Many offer season passes, swim lessons, and pool parties.

• Eldon Municipal Pool

500 Franklin Ave., Eldon

Monday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.

A diving board, splash zones, large slide and lap swimming areas. Concessions.

$4 for adults, $2 for kids ages two and under & adults 65 and older

Eldon Aquatic Center on Facebook

• Camdenton Aquatic Center

109 City Park Rd., Camdenton

Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

A two-story spiral slide, bubble bench for relaxing, and lap swimming. Water depth ranges from zero entry to 4’6”. Concessions.

$4 over the age of 13, $3 ages 12 and under

Camdenton Aquatic Center on Facebook

• Westlake Aquatic Center

134 N. Fairgrounds Rd., Laurie

Monday-Thursday 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 6 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m.-9 a.m., noon-5 p.m., Sunday noon-2 p.m.

Indoor, mini-Olympic pool with fitness programs, lessons, and open swimming.

Memberships range from $44-$650

www.westlakeaquaticcenter.com

Surf & Sand

Rather stick your toes in the sand? These on-the-water locations offer beaches too.

Coconuts

15208 Red Hollow Rd., Gravois Mils

6MM Gravois Arm

This popular destination on the Gravois Arm of the Lake has undergone some major changes including the addition of a kids’ pool and steps that lead to a roped off swimming are in the Lake.

Captain Ron’s

Lake Road 5-50, Sunrise Beach

34.5MM

Tiki bars, a sand volleyball court, and even treasurer hunts along the beach can be found at this waterfront restaurant. It’s also been the location of many beach weddings.

Grand Glaize Beach

711 Public Beach Road, Osage Beach

3MM of the Glaize Arm

Located off of Highway 54, west of the Grand Glaize bridge, this is operated by the Missouri State Parks. There’s plenty of parking, restrooms and a marina nearby.

Frankie & Louie’s

Lake Road 5-41, Sunrise Beach

10MM

A full restaurant, gas dock, boat rentals and live music and events happen all summer long. 

Pappa Chubby’s

820 Serene Valley Dr., Sunrise Beach

26MM

It’s one of the best kept secrets at the Lake! The sandy beach is sprawled out from the restaurant to the water.

Niangua Falls

199 Wharf Place, Camdenton

2MM Niangua Arm

Just steps from the pool, this beach is a great place to enjoy an ice cold drink and some appetizers from the restaurant.