With back to school in full swing you better make sure to enjoy some Lake time before another summer season comes to an end. There’s plenty to do on and off the water!

Drink up! 

Did you know there are a number of places to enjoy craft beer and other libations? New in Osage Beach is the Lake of the Ozarks Brewing Company. Located at 6192 Osage Beach Parkway, the brewery has a variety of craft beer and a few snacks to choose from. 

Also in Osage Beach, located down KK, Ozark Distillery and Brewery has an amazing tour for $5 per person which includes tastings of their many products. The structure looks like an 1800-era saloon. They are the oldest “legal distillery” in Camden County. Their claim-to-fame is the traditional method of making Ozark Moonshine with Missouri grown corn. Tours sell out quickly, so book in advance. 

And there are tons of places to eat. A great “off the water” restaurant is Tucker Shucker’s offering fresh oysters and a selection of 28 tap beers. They have balcony seating for people watching (the tourists, of course.) PaPPo’s Pizzeria in Osage Beach has a ton of craft beers on tap and plenty of food on the menu! 

Go fish

Rain or shine, it’s always a good time to go fishing at Lake of the Ozarks. Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t throw a line in. Rain breaks up the surface, creates current, and flushes nutrients into a waterbody – which are all things that create the perfect opportunity to get the catch of the day. 

Music on the Water

You know the saying “Location, Location, Location?” If you can’t be on the water, at least be by the water. Enjoy a Lake view at Dog Days, one of the top rated waterfront restaurants and they have a pool. Backwater Jack’s has entertainment most weekends and a great pool with a swim-up bar where you can order fresh sushi. Other pools are the Lake area where you can also grab a bite to eat are: Bear Bottom Resort, Coconuts, Redhead Lakeside Grill, the Boathouse, the Regalia Hotel and Conference Center (with the largest swim-up bar in the midwest), and there are many others! It’s not time to put away the swimsuit just yet, so get out, catch some sun and enjoy!

Some waterfront restaurants will be closing down in the next month or two for the season but there’s still time to catch a live band playing. Go to www.LakeNewsOnline.com for a full list of venues offering live music this week. A Bands BBQ & Beer Party will be held all day at the Hippopotamus Swim Up Bar at the Regalia Hotel & Conference Center on Saturday. 

Bargain Shop

It’s garage sale season and there are a few community sales taking place coming up! The city of Osage Beach will host theirs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 14. Download a map of locations at www.osagebeach-mo.gov. The Four Seasons POA is a big one for residents on Horseshoe Bend. It will be held Sept. 20. Eldon’s city-wide garage sale is Sept. 21. Drive around and see what you can find!

Stroll the Strip

Enjoy the cooler weather and stroll the Bagnell Dam Strip. There are plenty of great places to eat — serving breakfast since the early 1950s, Stewart’s Restaurant has the largest cinnamon rolls you’ve ever seen. Tucker’s Shuckers always has something fun going on and Casablanca is a favorite for happy hour. And that’s just to name a few. 

For shopping, Dogpatch is a must. Enjoy one of the rockers out front when you need a break. Make time for a quick stop at Grandma’s Candy Kitchen for a “tasting” — of fudge that is. They have a very large selection of candy and you can watch as they make fudge. Can you believe there are approximately 40 flavors of taffy to choose from? There are also sugar-free options. Local tip: Look for coupon books at information racks in most local restaurants or hotels where you might be able to find a coupon offering 1/2 pound of free fudge.


See a movie

What about a movie at Eagles Landing 8 Cinema? If it rains on Tuesdays (you could only hope), for $5 you can get a box of popcorn and enjoy a movie. ON Student Thursdays movies are $6 for students and facilty members (make sure to bring an I.D.). There are other specials offered almost every day of the week. 

Go back in time

A great inside place to visit is the historic Willmore Lodge. Be sure you have your camera ready, the views are amazing. If the rain stops long enough you can take a stroll on the path through the lakeside gardens. A tailgate lunch or even a picnic would be enjoyable while you are there. Be sure you pick up a free area map. If you have any questions there is a very helpful local concierge to assist. The Lodge has a great history of the Lake with a walk-through, self-guided tour. Be sure to check the hours you plan to go. 

Explore the Dark

Did you know that Missouri is not only known as the Show Me State, but also as the Cave State? A cave is created with plenty of limestone, a mineral that can not be dissolved in groundwater. Geologists state you need water flowing downhill to provide “relief” which is uneven land, such as we have here in the Lake of the Ozarks. There are many caves a little further away from the Bagnell Dam area. A tour of the caves in the area could be a whole reason for a visit. What better place to be than under ground when it is pouring outside, or hot and sunny? 

The four to tour in our area is Stark Caverns just outside of Eldon; Bridal Cave in Camdenton, Jacob’s Cave near Versailles, and Ozark Caverns located at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Each one is a unique experience. Check their websites for hours, cost and more information. 

Retail Therapy

The Lake has unique boutiques tucked in the surrounding area. If you are a thrift store shopper there are so many good ones. You just won’t believe the treasures waiting for you. 

Ozarks Kat and K9 Thrift Store is located in Laurie on Hwy. 5. They have new items every day and be sure and check out the basement. Bear Market is located on Hwy. 54 in Camdenton. Name it, it’s there. The kids and the men in your group will enjoy shopping. Just up the street is the Dogwood Animal Shelter Thrift Shop, open six days a week. It is a small store, however, full of the best in treasures. And just think you are helping to feed and shelter animals in need. 

Restaurants and stores along Osage Beach Parkway West will be holding a Customer Appreciation Event Sept. 21. More than 25 businesses will be having huge sales, give-a-ways, drawings, and providing samples and tastings. It’s a great way to check out what’s in the neighborhood.