Things To Do At the Lake of the Ozarks in September 2014

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Can you believe September is already here? Where did summer even go?!

If you’re not into summer heat and bustling crowds, there is no better time than fall to head to the Lake of the Ozarks.

Fall festivals. Jacket weather. S’mores and reminiscing over a campfire. The changing leaves. Gold. Red. Orange. Brown. Beautiful.

This month, there are several events you’ll want to check out, including:

  • 14th Annual Fall Festival in Osage Beach
  • Iguana Fireworks at Iguana Cove on September 11th
  • Grand Opening of Pickleheads Roadhouse September 11th – 14th
  • BIKEFEST 2014!
  • 45th Annual Laurie Hillbilly Fair
  • AND MORE!

Check out a full list of events in September at the Lake of the Ozarks here.

Thirsty Thursdays at Bear Bottom Resort – Don’t Miss Out!

Photo by Bear Bottom Resort

Photo by Bear Bottom Resort

Now, here’s something both kids AND adults can agree on!

Bear Bottom Resorts, home to Missouri’s number 1 and number 2 longest open flume body waterslides, has a special every Thursday that kids and adults can enjoy.

Every Thursday, it’s only $5.00 after 5pm for armbands, along with 30 cent wings and dollar drafts from 6pm until 8pm. 

That means kids (and adults who are still kids at heart) can slip, slide, and get soaked!

And for the adults who want to stay dry, enjoy deliciously decadent wing and ice-cold dollar drafts to cool off from the summer heat.

The waterslides are open from 10am until 11pm, daily.

Bear Bottom Resort is in Sunrise Beach,  located at Mile Marker 38 of the Osage Arm.

Things To Do At the Lake of the Ozarks In June

Believe it or not, summer is in full swing!!

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to the Lake of the Ozarks for Memorial Day weekend, there’s still PLENTY of summer left.

Looking for a place to stay? We’ve got you covered. Browse our gorgeous, cozy vacation rental homes.

Also, June is packed-full of lots of exciting events you won’t want to miss!

Click below to check out what’s going on at the Lake in June. From the Bar Hop Cruise to Canine Cannonball the Lake of the Ozarks Festival of Arts, there is always something for everyone. This is the good life, after all!

CLICK BELOW TO GET EVENTS FOR JUNE!

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Hiking The Lake of the Ozarks State Park This Fall

We all know the key to hiking is finding the perfect walking stick!

And, of course, bringing along a canteen of water, a fanny pack full of snacks, and a handkerchief in case you work up a sweat.

While the Lake of the Ozarks itself is the star of the show in the summer, the hiking trails at Ozarks State Park provide a breathtaking walk through some of the most gorgeous, colorful foliage in all the nation.

If you’re coming to stay at one of our properties this fall, here are three hiking trails we recommend:

Lake Trail – 1.5 miles long – VIEW MAP
Part of this trail is densely shaded and covered in ferns, while the rest is open and rocky. Between the two extremes, the trail will take you along the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks. In addition to the natural history, evidence of the past and present cultural history can also be seen. Lake Trail is a study in what this part of Missouri has become.

Rocky Top Trail – 2 miles long – VIEW MAP
This popular trail climbs to one of the largest glades in the park. Historically influenced by periodic fires, these dolomite glades are becoming rarer as cedars encroach and choke out the native vegetation. Rocky Top Glade is managed by periodic fires to help maintain its natural integrity. Once you have hiked through the glade, native Ozark woodlands with its composition of white oaks, bluestem and asters become the norm. Crossing through the ravine, you will come to a rich north facing slope that gives way to dolomite cliff overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks.

This trail is actually two loops joined together for a total of about two miles.  After hiking for approximately half a mile, you will come to an intersection. At this point you can finish the first loop by hiking back along the lakeshore to the parking lot and trailhead for a total hike of about one mile. If you would like a longer hike, cross the small ravine up to the overlook on the lake and loop back. This will be an additional 1.5 miles of hiking.

Bluestem Knoll Trail – 0.80 miles long – VIEW MAP
Settlers arriving in Missouri more than two centuries ago encountered a landscape much different than what is found in the Ozarks today. Widely spaced trees, tall native grasses and large herbivores were characteristic of the natural communities found in central Missouri. Through active management practices such as prescribed burning, removal of exotic species and opening of the canopy, these native landscapes are being restored.  Bluestem Knoll Trail goes through one of these areas actively managed by the park.

NOTE: Lake of the Ozarks is privately owned and the two Missouri State Parks are unaffected by the Federal Shutdown.

Lake of the Ozarks Labor Day Weekend Forecast

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If you’re spending your Labor Day weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks, there will be no shortage of warmth and sunshine.

Perfect for renting a boat, exploring a local cave, or barreling down some of the best water slides in the country!

Some tips to keep in mind this weekend:

  • Stay hydrated: With temperatures in the upper 90’s, be sure to have a cooler full of ice and bottled water. The heat can sneak up on you if you’re not careful!
  • Wear Sunscreen: There’s nothing worse than spending your vacation fried from a bad sunburn. Apply sunscreen at least every few hours. Do your best to find some shade every now and then, whether a canopy on a boat or relaxing under some trees.
  • Mix It Up: It’s always nice to balance out your trip: Spent a good amount of time on the lake, enjoying the outdoors, then head indoors for some air conditioning in the evening.

Don’t miss out on the fabulous fireworks displays this Sunday. Here’s also another roundup of weekend activities.

We hope everyone has a safe, relaxing, and happy Labor Day Weekend! Make the last days of summer count!

September 2013 Events At the Lake of the Ozarks

As summer comes to an end and kids return to school, there’s still plenty to look forward to at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year at the lake and there’s no shortage of events. The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau has a comprehensive listing of events at the lake in September. It all begins with fireworks over Labor Day weekend and ends with the 28th Annual Turkey Festival on September 28th.

Click here to see the all of the events happening in September.

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