Three Reasons to Visit the Lake of the Ozarks in the Fall

Can you believe we’re just 12 days away from the first day of fall?!

Not sure if it’s just us, but summer sure did zoom by! The Lake of the Ozarks is bustling full of energy during the summer. Lots of people. Lots of parties. Lots of live music, events, and gorgeous fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend. It’s a wonderful time to be at the lake.

As with every summer, it eventually comes to an end. As temperatures drop and the crowds subside, a new, majestic beauty arrives. Fall (or Autumn – whatever you like to call it) at the Lake of the Ozarks is truly magical. If you’ve only visited during the summer, here are three reasons you should make the trek this fall:

  1. Foliage galore: Golds. Reds. Oranges. Browns. If you’re eyes are craving some natural beauty, look no further. Autumn is the perfect time of year to explore around the lake on foot. Navigate trails. Enjoy the peace and quiet. Soak up the wild colors Mother Nature has to offer. The leaves during this time of year even make the Dogwoods jealous!
  2. The crowds are gone: Boats on the lake begin to thin out. Kids head back to school. The pace at the lake begins to slow down. If a tranquil, slower pace is what you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. Sure, there’s still people. But nothing like the summer. Take advantage of this peace. Our days are often hectic, especially between Halloween until the holidays in December. Come on down and get a much needed breather away from it all.
  3. So very cozy: Fall means cozy jackets, occasional scarves, and all things pumpkin spice. And of course, fall just isn’t fall without a piping hot mug of apple cider. This is also an especially fun time of year to visit the many antique stores found at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here’s a list of some of the festivals and craft fairs happening this fall.

This Weekend: Lake of the Ozarks Spring Harbor Hop

Bring your poker face this weekend!

The 16th Annual Spring Harbor Hop is happening this Saturday, May 4th at the Lake of the Ozarks.

This is the perfect time of year to catch see the blooming Dogwood trees, so be sure to bring your camera! If you’re more interested in poker, players can donate $15 for each seven-card hand. There’s no better way to kick off the boating season.

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The Harbor Hop is a poker hop in which participants pick up playing cards in order to build a winning poker hand and become eligible to win prizes. Players can donate $15  per seven-card hand and start their run to draw their first card at any of the sponsoring restaurants, and marinas along the lake’s main channel and the Big Niangua and Gravois arms.
“This event is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to get out on the Lake and take in the beautiful spring blooming dogwood trees while enjoying a great time with friends,” states Heather Brown, Director of Member Services for the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau. “At the Harbor Hop, we can guarantee a good time. We invite everyone to come join the fun and enjoy our beautiful Lake.”
The Spring Harbor Hop traditionally is held the first weekend of May to kick off our boating season. The Lake of the Ozarks CVB sponsors the Fall Harbor Hop as well as the Spring Harbor Hop held the second weekend in October to extend the fall boating season. Other sponsors include the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and Waterfront Restaurants.
For more information and a list of venues, go to www.funlake.com.