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A List of the Best Boating Lakes and Destinations to Visit


There are 568 lakes in Missouri. If you are planning to visit the state, or just to want to find a new lake for your boating adventure, there are more than a few to choose from.

If you are looking for the best boating lakes in Missouri, then you’re in the right place. Keep reading to find out what the best of the best are here.

Table Rock Lake

This is a beautiful lake that’s located in the southwestern portion of Missouri near the Arkansas border. On the eastern shore, you’ll find Table Rock State Park, which serves as a gateway to the lake.

During your visit, you can enjoy stand up paddle boats, rent boats or canoes, and even kayaks to explore the shores. You can even take scuba lessons and rent the gear needed to explore the depths of the lake.

The Lake of the Ozarks

Found in the southwest portion of Jefferson City, you can find Lake of the Ozarks, which has been given the nickname Magic Dragon. This was given because of the convoluted, narrow shape.

The park also hosts the Ozark Caverns, where you can explore the underground wonders. If you want to explore the beautiful lake, stop by Boat Planet to find everything you need for the experience.

Lake Jacomo

This lake is in the southeast portion of Kansas City, close to Blue Springs, Missouri. Here, you will find the biggest park in Jackson County, which is Fleming Park. If you want to explore the lake, you can visit Lake Jacomo Marina where you will find boat launching sites and can rent canoes, pedal boats, fishing boats, powerboats, and other watercraft.

Some of the fish you can catch in the lake include carp, bluegill, walleye, catfish, and largemouth bass. If you visit the eastern lakeshore, you’ll find Missouri Town 1855, which is a living history museum made up of 25 original buildings, including livestock, equipment, furniture and interpreters in period costumes.

Stockton Lake

This lake is northwest to the vacation rentals in Springfield, and it offers over 300 miles of shoreline providing you with unlimited water-related activities. The park is found on a peninsula in the center of Stockton Lake, and here you can also find boat rentals, sailing lessons, and more.

You can find guides at the Stockton State Park Marina where you can learn about the best spots to fish for trophy-sized walleye. If you want to get off the boat for a while, you’ll find more than 40 miles of trails over the forested hills that are perfect for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking.

The Best Boating Lakes in Missouri

Now that you know where to find the best boating lakes in Missouri, it’s time to begin exploring. Take some time to visit them all throughout the years and see what this amazing state has to offer.

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