Summer is here! It’s time to get out, enjoy the Lake and make some memories. Here are a few ideas on how to best spend your weekends.

Summer is here! It’s time to get out, enjoy the Lake and make some memories. Here are a few ideas on how to best spend your weekends.

Go for a Ride
Boating is the obvious choice when talking about summer activities at the Lake. Finding a spot to cove out for a couple of hours, ducking in and out of coves and scoping out some of the area’s beautiful homes, or eating at a waterfront restaurant are our favorite ways to spend the day. Make sure to pack plenty to eat, plenty to drink, a few floaties for swimming and whatever else you need to stay entertained.

Hiking & Camping
Feel like getting some exercise? Exploring the Lake area’s many park trails is another great way to enjoy the outdoors. Both the Lake of the Ozarks State Park (down Hwy. 42, and at the Grand Glaize Beach in Osage Beach), and Ha Ha Tonka State Park have short and long trails to choose from. Visit www.mostateparks.com for maps and detailed information on each trail.
The Lake of the Ozarks State Park also has camping and there are several privately-owned camp sites in the area. If you feel like roughing it for a few days, plan to spend a few nights under the stars.

Take a Dip
It shouldn’t be hard to find a restaurant near you with a pool. Everything you need to enjoy the day is within reach — food, fully-stocked bars, and even areas for the kids to play.
For more of a family-friendly experience, visit one of the Lake’s municipal pools in Eldon, Camdenton or Versailles. Call for hours.
The Jolly Mon Indoor Waterpark at Margaritaville Lake Resort is open to non-resort guests for $22/person (ages 2 and under free). This indoor playground has water slides, an oversized whirlpool, lazy river for tubing and more. If you want to stay outdoors, Big Surf Waterpark is the place to go for big thrills and fun where there are rides and attractions for kids of all ages. Check online for rates.
Of course, you can always go jump in the Lake!

Life’s a Beach
Some of the same local bars and restaurants that have pools also have sandy beaches. Coconuts, Captain Ron’s, Margaritaville, Franky & Louie’s.… all have areas where you can build a few sandcastles while sipping on a tropical drink.

Learn Something New
The historic Willmore Lodge has a large exhibit dedicated to the history of the Bagnell Dam Project. The Adirondack-style Lodge was built in 1930 as the main administrative offices and entertainment facility for Union Electric's Bagnell Dam construction project.
Today, the two-story log structure is home to the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is a cultural activities center, but it also houses a museum. The museum highlights an exhibit about life in the area before the Dam (including an exhibit about the Osage Indians), a room presenting information about the construction of the Dam from start to finish, an area dedicated to the form and function of Bagnell Dam, and an exhibit concerning the geography, geology, overall history of the Lake.
Make sure to take a walk down to the gazebo by the Lake. Great views and a peaceful spot to take photos.

Free events
There are lots of fun things to do at the Lake. But the ones we like most are free!! Don’t miss Hot Summer Nights on select Fridays this summer. If you have a classic car to show off, all you have to do is park it along the Strip to participate. It’s a family event that always draws a nice crowd. Dates are June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 6.
Another free event is The Lake Area Community Orchestra’s Summer Concert Series. Concerts are being held in June and July. Check our calendar of events for more information.

Farmers Market
Stock up on farm-fresh goodies. Farmers Markets are scattered throughout the area. Linn Creek, Camdenton and Osage Beach have markets on various days. Each has a Facebook page for more information. You’ll find crafts, handmade items, produce, baked goods and lots of stuff you just can’t live without.

Gone Fishing
Grab a fishing pole and head out. You don't have to be an experienced angler just don't forget your fishing permit.
Tucked away in the Osage Beach City Park off of Osage Beach Parkway is a quaint yet fertile fishing pond that’s perfect for a quiet getaway or a great place to teach a child to fish.
The fully-stocked pond, which is actually a catch basin above the softball and soccer fields in the park, is easily accessible above the newly asphalted parking lot. The park is located at 950 Hatchery Road not far from the outlet mall. It is open from dawn to 10 p.m. daily.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has a list of public fishing areas by county listed on their website. Go to www.mdc.mo.gov/fishing for more information.

Mini Golf
When it comes to mini golf, the Lake has plenty of places to go.
You can walk the plank down your choice of two courses at Pirate's Cove in the heart of Osage Beach. You are in for an adventure at either one. Waterfalls, benches and lots of landscaping surround each hole. Putt your way through the maze of caves, bridges and paths.
At Sugar Creek you will love the landscaping and native hardwoods used to construct the many buildings and bridges. There are two 18-hole courses in a park-like setting. Located in Lake Ozark.
Putt n' Stuff in Osage Beach also has two 18-hole courses featuring caves, waterfalls and rivers. On hot summer days shaded trees provide cool breezes and so do the outdoor fans.

Arcades
Who doesn’t like to play games? Between Miner Mike’s in Lake Ozark and Dogpatch Arcade on the Bagnell Dam Strip you will spend hours and a lot of quarters.

Wineries
Our area has a handful of wineries that offer their own blends and gorgeous views. Each one has a unique variety of things to offer — from crisp wines to great food.