Vacationers and residents alike can enjoy virtually any kind of boat in the miles of expansive waterways offered by the Lake of the Ozarks. Whether operating a small wave runner, bass boat, speed boat, pontoon, or racing craft, you can launch and drive your boat along the wide main channel, enjoy the view, or even anchor in a cove for a relaxing swim. When the traffic is sparse, water skiers can do their thing in many of the large coves or in the main channel. Many of the homes at the Lake either possess their own dock or offer access to a community dock to house a boat. Or, you can launch your boat from one of the many convenient public boat launches and rent a dock at one of the marinas. If you don’t have your boat with you, there are several businesses that offer boat rentals at very reasonable prices.
Throughout the spring and summer months, there are boating events that capture considerable interest. For example, there is the August “Shootout” boat race, which is the largest unsanctioned powerboat race in the United States. And there is the annual Invitational Powerboat Race – billed as the largest powerboat racing event in the Midwest -- which takes place in June
All in all, the Lake of the Ozarks is a boater’s paradise. Whether you are a fisherman, skier, or just want to enjoy the scenery and the ride, the Lake of the Ozarks is a great place to operate a boat.