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Nature's Water Park: Dive Into the Fun at the Lake of the Ozarks

April 19, 2024

Missouri may be a landlocked state, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on having fun on the water. There's an overflow of watery adventures waiting for you at the Lake of the Ozarks. You may even call it nature’s water park!

Whether you are looking for a sandy place to sit back and unwind or you’re hoping to discover something new, the Lake of the Ozarks wants to make your lakeside dreams a reality. From waterfront local businesses and pools to our beaches and caves, there is something for anyone looking to make a splash during their next vacation.

So, with this combination of natural wonder and a local commitment to aquatic excitement, we invite you to explore all the attractions that make the Lake our own natural water park. Plan your next great adventure with these top 10 water-based activities at Lake of the Ozarks:


Aquatic Trail 

Embark on an aquatic journey like no other as you boat along the Aquatic Trail, immersing yourself in the scenic wonders of the Lake and viewing it from a different perspective. Explore hidden coves, lush woodlands, and intriguing rock formations while enjoying the diversity of The Lake of the Ozarks State Park and its communities.



Delve into the mysterious caves that dot the landscape of the Lake of the Ozarks, where you can marvel at the wonders of nature underground. From Bridal Cave's crystal-clear waters to Jacob's Cave's reflective pools, each cave offers a fascinating glimpse into the region's geography. Experience Ozark Caverns’ famous Angels Shower and even learn the history of the caves’ role in prohibition!



Cast your line and reel in the excitement of fishing on the lake, where you can test your angling skills against some big berthas. Largemouth Bass, Crappie, Channel Catfish, and more await. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a first-time fisherman, the Lake of the Ozarks offers ample opportunities for a memorable fishing experience. 


Waterfront Establishments

Cruise to one of over 40 waterfront establishments for a meal or drink with a view, where you can relax and unwind in the laid-back atmosphere of the Lake. Indulge in delicious food and drinks while soaking in the breathtaking scenery that surrounds you.


Lakeside Swimming Pools

Take a refreshing dip in one of the lakeside swimming pools, where you can cool off and relax after a day of adventures. Float leisurely in the pool, bask in the sun, and enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the lakeside setting.



Experience one of our biggest attractions: boating on the Lake. Whether you plan to fish or go on a high-flying parasailing adventure, the best way to experience the Lake is to float along its shimmering waters, taking in the panoramic views and enjoying the freedom of the open water.



Unwind on the sandy beaches of Osage Beach or Public Beach #1, where you can soak up the sun and swim in the refreshing waters. Or find some beachside fun at establishments like Franky & Louie's Beachfront Bar & Grill


Water Sports

Get your adrenaline pumping with a variety of water sports activities, from jet skiing to wakeboarding to parasailing and more. Are you ready to feel the rush of excitement as you zip across the water and partake in thrilling water-based adventures? Discover for yourself why the Lake was voted the nation’s Best Lake for Water Sports in 2023 by readers of USA Today 10Best!


Resorts on the Water

Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at one of the waterfront resorts, where you can enjoy upscale amenities and stunning views of the Lake. Relax in style and comfort, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks.


Water Parks

For families seeking a break from nature’s water park, don't miss the chance to visit the area's man-made water parks for a day of splashing excitement. Enjoy thrilling water slides, lazy rivers, and family-friendly attractions that promise fun for all ages.


What are you waiting for? The Lake of the Ozarks is a haven of aquatic delights, with a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. If you're looking to dive into water-based fun in the Midwest, look no further than nature's water park, the Lake of the Ozarks. Set your watch to Lake time and begin creating lasting memories at a destination where every day is a new opportunity for fun and exploration!

Request a copy of the Vacation & Service Guide and start planning your Lake getaway today!

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