Sailing in Missouri

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At Branson Boat Club, families and friends cast off into the waters of Table Rock Lake on leisurely personal retreats. Boaters bring family members along for a 90-minute orientation in which Branson Boat Club's harbormaster imparts hands-on boating-safety instruction and raps about his favorite episodes of Gilligan's Island. Afterward, families set sail aboard their choice of the club's six boats. Plumb the lake depths for fish in the 22' Fish Series pontoon boat with two fishing seats and a 9' canopy, or kick back on the 22' Cruise Model Relax pontoon boat with a canopy, stereo system, and CD player. Boaters must pay for their own gas (around $30–$75) and bring along their own wisecracking parrot navigator.

611 Rock Ln
Branson,
MO
US

Upon moving to Branson in the early 1990s, Don and Lawanna Stuck spent their leisure time hunting, fishing, and paddling the White River’s waterways. Drawing upon their intimate knowledge of Branson’s waterways, they opened White River Kayaking & Outdoors on July 4, 2012. Equipped with rental paddles and life jackets, their customers can navigate standard kayaks, tandem kayaks, or fishing kayaks along Lake Taneycomo, Table Rock Lake, or Bull Shoals Lake while marveling at the surrounding Ozark Mountains. Staffers drop guests off at several launch locations on each lake, and pick guests up at the conclusion of their float. White River Kayaking & Outdoors also rents out bicycles, which visitors can take around Branson’s parks and trails or pedal across the lake to combine two sports during a triathlon.

214 S Commercial St
Branson,
MO
US

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.

1100 Bagnell Dam Boulevard
Lake Ozark,
MO
US

Along the shores of the Niangua River, Adventures Campground & Float Trips provides adventurous visitors with everything they need to get the most out of their surroundings. Visitors can stay overnight, taking advantage of different levels of campgrounds that cater to rugged types as well as those who own RVs lined with satin. Guests of all ages can also float along the crystal-clear water on kayaks or rafts, take out a canoe, or go fishing for catfish, small-mouth bass, and trout.

1667 State Highway 64
Lebanon,
MO
US

With its secluded and scenic location between sloping pasture and bluffs on the shores of Lake Taneycomo, Lilleys' Landing Resort & Marina provides a restful respite and a place to connect with the wilderness just outside of Branson's city center. In addition to offering extensive trout fishing, accessories, and licenses, a team of USGC-licensed captains lead guided spincast and fly-fishing trips with all the necessary gear included. During after-hours, clusters of rustic cabins equipped with free wireless internet welcome overnight guests. Many of these overlook the lake, where a rental fleet of 20-foot Shawnee White River jons with electric Yamaha engines enable visitors to explore the tree-lined shore and traverse the open waters.

367 River Ln
Branson,
MO
US

You can quantify the family-friendly digs and activities at Blue Springs Ranch. Twenty-nine cabins; 150 campsites; 3,000 feet of ziplines. That's not to mention the ranch's organized float trips down the picturesque Meramec River, which bumps right up against the camp, and trail rides through the surrounding wilderness. And in 2013, Blue Springs started a new tradition: hosting an annual rodeo starring the Lone Star Rodeo Company.

1246 Blue Springs Rd
Bourbon,
MO
US