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.
Year-round, the Ozark Yacht Club provides visitors with a gateway to the 40,000-acre Lake of the Ozarks, a place to store and rent boats in premium wet slips or on-land, and prime spots for hanging out?like the lakeside caf? and sandy swimming beach, to name just two. Mariners with their own watercraft can launch boats up to 60 feet long, while boatless sailors can browse through the extensive fleet of sailboats and powerboats available for rental, sale, and privateering excursions. There's also a clubhouse with a large room that can accommodate up to 150 guests during private events and celebrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.