Under the helm of the eponymous Captain himself, Captain Mike Fink's Marina?s friendly crew of youthful staff??well-versed in the art of boating??helps guests sprout their sea legs with a well-maintained fleet of rental boats and jet skis. Nestled alongside the fish-filled waters of Lake of the Ozarks, the marina serves as a jumping-off point from which nascent captains can pilot their buoyant steeds out onto the serene lake to partake in sun-bathed revelries or practice their sea-monster-lassoing skills. As longtime locals, Captain Mike and his team happily dole out thoughtful recommendations regarding area attractions and restaurants to inquisitive guests, pointing out all manner of hidden gems and waterfront restaurants.
Practice, practice, practice. That's what it takes for golfers to shave strokes off of their scores or for a caddie to learn a player's theme song. Thankfully, Eagle Flight Driving Range lets visitors swing on end and hone specific parts of their game, whether they need to practice with a driver or an iron. The range encompasses 12 fixed AstroTurf tees, as well as a grass hitting area, which simulates real game conditions.
Since launching off from the shores of Fort Myers Beach in 1982, Paradise Parasail’s signature smiley-face parachutes have become an iconic image in the sky, now flying high above the waters of both the Gulf of Mexico and the Lake of the Ozarks. USCG-licensed captains navigate each of the company's boats as riders trail behind at heights of up to 500 feet. With feet flopping in the wind, thrill-seekers are free to wave to their friends, family, and nearby migratory birds. Parasailers can also pose for photos and videos captured by the company's onboard photographers.
Beneath the looming curve of a balloon rippling from the heat of a 12-million BTU propane burner, FAA-certified Lighter Than Air pilot and mechanic Layne Wolters takes hot air balloons soaring into the Missouri skies with the skills only years of experience can build. Possessing more than three decades of involvement with the larger-than-life balloons, Wolters mans daily flights at Hard Times Ballooning, ascending at sunrise and 2 1/2 hours before sunset for the best views of superheroes flying to and from home in their street clothes.
With its enormous and diverse fleet of watercrafts, Iguana Watersports, Inc. can equip sailors for outings on Lake of the Ozarks, whether the plan includes a day of fishing or a chartered cruise on a 44-foot yacht. Many of the company’s watercrafts can accommodate large groups of 14 or more, and come equipped with amenities such as iPod-compatible stereo systems, waterslides, and wet bars. In addition to renting out pontoons and power boats, and even condos and cabins, Iguana stocks a retail shop that can outfit visitors with everything from wakeboards to flip flops and coolers to keep six packs of juice boxes cold.
At Oak Hills Golf Center, golfers traverse an 18-hole golf course that loops around Hough Park Lake and hone their skills on the driving range. The City of Jefferson keeps the course open year-round, so long as frost doesn’t accumulate on the greens and vacationing nudists don’t show up in the sand traps unannounced. At the end of rounds or practice sessions, players can refuel with hot dogs, brats, and hamburgers at the course concession stand.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total length of 5,908 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 68.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole