The Lake has beauty and charms to delight, but most tourists, fishermen, and water sports fans aren't content to just look at the water.
The Lake has beauty and charms to delight, but most tourists, fishermen, and water sports fans aren’t content to just look at the water. They want to be on it and in it, splashing, fishing, and tubing.
If you don’t own a boat, or have a close friend you can tag along with, you only other option is to rent one. The Lake’s rental businesses list boats, both tritoon and deck, PWCs, kayaks, and accessories such as life jackets, skis, and tubes. Some also have standup paddleboards and even float mats. Like gas docks and marinas, rental businesses are easy to find.
Delivering the fun and fuel on the Osage Arm at the 35-mile marker is Pirate’s Point. Some resorts lease boats, too — usually only to guests, and one such resort, Lake Breeze, is on the Niangua Arm at the 2.5-mile marker. Pointe Oasis Resort and Marina (13 MM), is located in a cove off the Main Channel. It has its own rental inventory of tritoons and PWCs.
Near Bagnell Dam is Mike Fink’s Marina, Leisure Lake, and Point Randall Resort. All great options. Dirty Duck rentals is located near the Grand Glaize Bridge at the 17.5-mile marker.
Boat rental businesses with multiple locations around the Lake include Bombay Boats, Adventure Boat Rentals, Iguana and many others.
These rental businesses and resorts provide so many quality options for Lake of the Ozarks’ boaters and many of them offer a one-click option that could save you time. Another online resource is GetMyBoat.com where there are 130,000 boats of all types in 184 countries. The website lists several rentals available on the Lake including a houseboat, tritoon, deck boat, personal water craft (PWC), sailboat, kayaks, yacht, and bass boat with prices ranging from $6 an hour for a 12-foot, 2-person kayak to $6,000 a day for a motor yacht.
If you are planning to rent a boat at Lake of the Ozarks for the day, make time to do a little research to find the right location and pricepoint for you and your family.
1. Pack ID and the required boat certification. If you plan to drive and are born after January 1, 1984, you’ll need a Missouri Boating Safety Certification Card. Local classes are available but boaters can also qualify by completing an online course at Boat-Ed.com/Missouri. For other age and safety requirements, review details provided by Lake of the Ozarks Water Safety Council (LOTOWSC).
2. Book a certified captain. When lessees want a captain for the boat, they can consult with the Lake of the Ozarks Captain Association (LOTOCA), a nonprofit group of US Coast Guard licensed captains operating vessels on the Lake and other Missouri waters.
3. Be clear about expectations. When reserving a boat with or without a captain, be clear and specific about hours, dates, pickup and drop-off locations, and accessories needed to maximize the fun-quotient.
4. Pack snacks and drinks for the day, making sure to honor contractual requirements about prohibited foods or drinks. Most important of all, bring plenty of water. Being on the water under the sun dehydrates people so they need to hydrate throughout the day.
5. Wear life jackets. All children under 7 must wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket when on docks, on boats, and in the water — at all times. LOTOWSC recommends a life jacket on all adults as well because life jackets help keep heads above water if a swimmer tires or if a boat capsizes.
6. Don’t drink and drive a boat. Boating while intoxicated is against the law. Designate a sober captain or hire a captain if drinking spirits while on the water.
7. Pack and use sunscreen often. Add hats and sunglasses to the supplies as the sun reflecting off the water can burn scalps, skin, and eyes.
8. Be courteous. In most cases, it’s better to be safe than right. Safety includes assuming that some may not know they should pass on the right (just as they would on a highway) when approaching an oncoming boat. Others may not realize that they should always yield to sailing vessels as they cannot maneuver as easily or quickly as motorized vessels.
9. Know where to find and stow safety devices such a throwable personal floatation device (PFD) and fire extinguishers. All should be in plain sight and easily accessed, especially the throwable device.
10. Know how to avoid a fine when towing tubers and skiers. The orange flag should be aloft and visible only when someone is in the water. The flag alerts other boaters to slow and look out for people in the water. It should not be held aloft while towing anyone.
* Some tips provided by Val Streif, head of marketing for https://www.getmyboat.com/.