Boating and Water Sports


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outdoors , Outdoor Adventure , boating , Marina / Boat Rental , water / boating facilities , camping
Make a Splash on Great Family Vacations
Author: Scott McCullough
Throughout Missouri, our lakes are some of our biggest stars. Imagine the possibilities for adventure and family fun on any one of our nearly 600 lakes. Fishing and boating are just the beginning of your sun-soaked adventure in Missouri. No boat? No problem. Marinas can outfit you with all types of boats, by the hour, half-day and full-day, and include equipment like skis, along with picnic supplies and snacks.

Set your GPS for Missouri’s most popular lake destination, the Lake of the Ozarks. Visitors of all ages enjoy sun and fun along the lake’s 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s more shoreline than the entire pacific coast of California. Soak up some rays on sandy beaches. Zip along the water on a personal watercraft or in a boat. Cast your line for that big fish. Back on shore, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy: play golf on more than a dozen Golf Courses; climb into the saddle at Ozark Homestead Riding Stables; see the lake from a different vantage point on a Helicopter Tour; relax on the patio at Seven Springs Winery, treat yourself to massage at Lotus Wellness Center day-spa.

Feel like the star of your own adventure show as you soar above the lake, thanks to Paradise Parasail in Lake Ozark. Tethered to a boat by a 600-foot line, your parasail catches the wind and lifts you into the sky. Once you’re aloft, enjoy outstanding views of the water and the shoreline beyond. When it’s time to descend, choose from a gentle touchdown that dips just your toes into the water – or opt for a free fall that will really cool you down.  

The Harry S. Truman Reservoir, about 10 miles south of Warsaw, attracts swimmers to the cool, clear waters of the 55,600-acre lake–the largest surface-area lake in Missouri. Anglers love this spot for its abundant population of bass and crappie. Pack your camera so you can capture the natural magic of this area. Soaring bluffs and clear waters provide the perfect subject for beautiful photos. Admire nature as you walk along one of the hiking trails and enjoy a picnic lunch near the shoreline. This region has a rich history: Osage Indians, explorers, traders, fur trappers and settlers once lived here.

Pack your rod and reel, and spend a relaxing day on the Mark Twain Lake. Situated approximately 30 minutes southeast of Monroe City, the lake offers great fishing on the water and from the shore. Make a weekend of it by camping at one of the recreation areas. Most campsites have fire grills, electricity, picnic tables, showers and asphalt pads, making your outdoor stay as comfy as it is fun.

Longview Lake and Beach, about 20 miles south of downtown Kansas City, boasts refreshing fun for the family. Kids show off their swimming skills while parents relax on the sandy beach. The beach stays open through Memorial Day weekend, so be sure to make this cool spot part of your late-summer plans.

Nestled in the gorgeous, serene foothills of the Ozarks Mountains, Wappapello Lake treats visitors to a wide array of recreational activities. Go for a relaxing swim; make that big catch; take a leisurely boat ride; and enjoy a picnic with a phenomenal view. The area around Wappapello Lake offers trails to be explored on foot and horseback.

About five miles north of Springfield, find a slice of paradise at Fellows Lake. This idyllic area provides a perfect place to spend a summer day. Rent a boat and spend a lovely afternoon on the water. Cast your line from one of the fishing docks. Take a boat into a quiet cove and try to lure Missouri’s big-game fish, the Muskellunge. A disabled accessible fishing dock is located on the northeast arm of the lake.

Discover a new kind of adventure when you Ride the Ducks. This much-loved Branson attraction takes visitors over land and water. Climb aboard the amphibious “duck” vehicle. After a short ride through the Ozarks, you cruise right into the lake. Your Ride the Ducks tour guide points out special sights and shares plenty of fascinating facts. user Jayhawkbug calls Ride the Ducks: “One of the highlights of our trip . . . we loved the Table Rock tour so much, we took the Lake Taneycomo trip the next day . . .  so much fun!

  The Lake of the Ozarks
Missouri's most popular lake destination features more than 1,100 miles of shoreline – that’s ...

  Lake Ozark Helicopters
Take a helicopter tour to experience a unique view and all the beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks. Nighttime ...

  Seven Springs Winery
Our winery serves Missouri wines, sangrias and microbrew beers. Sample our wines in the large tasting ...

  Lotus Wellness Center
Make your vacation complete with a relaxing massage. We specializes in therapeutic massage; hydrotherapy; ...

  Paradise Parasail
Paradise Parasail has been providing family fun on the Lake of the Ozarks for more than 33 years. We ...

  Harry S. Truman Reservoir
This 55,600-plus acre lake offers 958 miles of coast line and has created a diverse wildlife area rich ...

  The Mark Twain Lake
This 18,600-acre lake is ideal for a day on the water. Also, enjoy equestrian trails, walking trails, ...

  Longview Lake and Beach
Splash into summer at one of the most popular swimming beaches in Jackson County. Enjoy sandy beaches, ...

  Wappapello Lake
Located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, this lake offers a variety of activities. With more ...

  Fellows Lake - Springfield
This Missouri Department of Conservation lake offers: picnic areas; playground equipment; pavilions; ...