With over 25,000 docks located along the lake’s 1,000+ miles of shoreline, there is little wonder why so many residents on Lake of the Ozarks rely on their boat to get from place to place. Along the lake’s expansive shoreline are dozens of dock accessible eateries, each offering unique venues. During the summer months, 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 motor yachts. The following waterfront dining establishments are just a few well worth pulling up to.
Dock & Dine Ops:
The Duck is a hillside, upscale restaurant known for its fine cuisine and extensive wine list. Their multi-slip, protected floating docks located directly in front of the restaurant provide easy access to this exclusive restaurant. Be sure to try the smoked trout followed by the Dijon coated rack of lamb.
H. Toads Bar & Grill offers a casual and fun atmosphere, all with a spectacular westward view of the lake that is perfect for sunset dining. The classic American bistro style menu offers some great house specialties. A must try dish is the crab & shrimp stuffed Chicken finished with a buerre blanc sauce.
When you arrive at Shorty Pants Restaurant, it’s immediately obvious that they appreciate their dock & dine patrons. The restaurant’s in and outdoor dinning venue makes it a popular comfort food style restaurant for boaters here. It’s all about bodacious burgers and po boys at Shorty Pants, so loosen your belt and enjoy.
Docking at all of the above restaurants 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. Plus an extra wrap around those cleats would be wise. Boaters arriving at the Duck’s marina should note that docking is not allowed on the outer breakwater structure, and never attempt to enter this dockage from the gap access along the shoreline. Also, when entering the lake’s numerous coves where most of the restaurants are located, stay to the center and always be prepared to avoid any marked obstructions.
Stuff To Do:
For fun on and off the water, 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 7 Spring Winery, it’s all here. Other points of interest include the Wilmore Lodge, a historic log structure constructed during the building of Bagnell Dam back in the ‘30s. Besides the great fishing available on the lake, Bennett Springs, a popular destination for trout fishermen, is located less than an hour south.
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