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Top Adventures at The Lake of the Ozarks

There is a lot more to do at the lake than just boat

 When most people come to the lake they rent a boat and spend the whole weekend out on the lake. This may be fun on a weekend that isn't busy but on the holiday weekends it is anything but enjoyable. There are tons of things to do at the Lake and in the surrounding areas that won't be busy and that you can do for almost free. Renting a boat can cost you upwards of $500. These adventures only require a few items that most adventurers already have.

1. Backpack the Woodland Trail


Photo- Payton Bartlett

2. Hike the Colosseum Trail


Photo- Outbound Collective

3.  Hike the Island Trail at Haha Tonka


Photo- Payton Bartlett

4. Hike the Rocky Top Trail


Photo- Outbound Collective

5. Backpack the Turkey Pen Hollow Trail


 Photo- Payton Bartlett

6. Hike the Spring Trail


Photo- Payton Bartlett

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Payton Bartlett

18 years old Lake Ozark, MO