Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri
Along the shoreline are dozens of eateries, each offering unique venues. In summer, the lake is a hotbed of activity, and the best of these watering holes and restaurants are frequented by watercraft ranging from pontoon boats to motoryachts.
1. The Duck is a hillside, upscale restaurant known for its fine cuisine and extensive wine list. Its multislip, protected floating docks provide easy access to this exclusive restaurant. Got to Try: Start with the smoked trout, and then follow with the Dijon-coated rack of lamb, a delicious combination.
2. H. Toad’s Bar & Grill offers a casual and fun atmosphere, all with a spectacular view of the lake’s famous sunsets. The classic American-bistro-style menu includes some great house specialties. Got to Try: The crab- and shrimp-stuffed chicken with beurre blanc sauce is a must-try.
3. Shorty Pants Lounge makes it obvious that it appreciates its dock and dine patrons. The restaurant’s indoor and outdoor dining venues make it a popular comfort-food-style restaurant for boaters. Got to Try: It’s all about bodacious burgers and po’ boys, so loosen your belt and enjoy.
Things To Do
Lake of the Ozarks offers activities and attractions for all ages. Whether you are interested in exploring underground caverns at Bridal Cave or tasting some great local wines at Seven Springs Winery, it’s all here. Other points of interest include the Willmore Lodge, a historic log structure built during the construction of Bagnell Dam back in the 1930s. Besides the great fishing available on the lake, Bennett Spring, a popular destination for trout fishermen, is located less than an hour south by road.
Docking at all of the restaurants at right will be on floating docks designated for dining patrons. Due to the high boating traffic and resulting wakes, it would be wise to use multiple fenders when securing your boat. If a stiff wind is blowing, you can use it to further protect against waves and wakes in scenarios like this. Find a spot on the downwind side of the dock and hang your fender, but tie your dock lines slack. This way, the wind keeps the boat a few feet off the dock. Other boaters might snicker, but you’re the one likely to come away with unmarred gelcoat.