Warmer weather ahead – Your Boat Captain awaits!

All signs are leading to the Lake of the Ozarks. The weather is getting a bit milder, the fish are jumping just a tad bit higher and the water is simply waiting for boaters. Time to get your plans together for a lake weekend. If you’re looking for fun on the water, you can hire a boat captain to take you and your family on a fun easy going lake adventure. As a boat captain, I take pleasure in making sure you and your guests have a great – and safe – time while enjoying the scenery of the lovely Missouri Lake of the Ozarks.

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All signs are leading to the Lake

Whether you’re looking for a spring fling weekday or a longer summer weekend, let’s get planning! Soon the Lake of the Ozarks will be hopping with activity. I’m ready to take reservations for your family or group get together to help get your plans started. With years of experience (been a lake goer since the 60’s!), I can give you and your family some ideas for beautiful sunset spots, fine dining restaurants (JB Hooks for one) and great coves for hanging out.

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Ready to hire a captain? I’m ready to get your group out on the water!

Call or email me to get started with your planning for fun and sun on the lake!

Creepy Miniature Haunted Houses

Somewhere between Stover and Laurie Missouri sit two mysterious, miniature haunted houses in an open field. I’m pretty sure they are haunted because I’ve only seen them in late October. The one on the left with gabled roof even has string lights. I’ll need to come back to see if they light up at night. One can only imagine the history – and possible horrors – within the walls of these creepy doll houses. The truth is, I turned around to see if they were for sale as I wanted one for my own. Unfortunately, no “for sale” sign – but no sign of blood either. I’ll see if they’re still around in November.

Leisurely September Lake Tour

I had the pleasure of driving a group around the lake on a beautiful summer day last week. After a relaxing cruise we stopped for a leisurely lunch and then back to the dock. It seemed they had a great time too.

“Planned a fun surprise for a mom’s day out on the lake and hired Captain Jeffrey to handle everything for us! It was a great, worry-free experience to see the sights and dine lakefront while Captain Jeffrey took charge of the docking, filling gas and making sure my boat was covered when we returned.  I would highly recommend him for your next work-free day on the water!”

Hillbilly Fair in Laurie Missouri

Once in a while, it’s time to “get a little bit country” and go to the Hillbilly fair! Complete with country craft, flowers, games, petting zoo, country music and more. This year marks the 51st fair! Lots of good times for sure. The weather Sunday was perfect!

Relax on the lake …

It’s time to grab the husband and the kids and head for the lake! If you’re looking for a few hours of stress free living (and who isn’t these days), book a two to three hour tour on the lake. Captain Jeffrey will pick you up at your hotel, condo or air bnb and take you for a leisurely tour. Want to stop to swim? No problem! Captain Jeffrey knows several quiet coves where the kids can jump in and splash for a while. Give him a call or shoot him an email at hello@captainjeffrey.com.

Captain Jeffrey was awesome! He picked us up on the dock, we toured the lake and forgot about the city for a while. Our two boys had a great time too – thanks Captain Jeffrey!” EW

Sunrise on the 4th of July

After a beautiful sunrise, it’s time for skiing! Daughter and son of Captain Jeffrey giving some high fives in Mill Creek cove on the fourth of July.

Skiing and tubing = easy summer fun.

When there’s skiing and tubing to be done, Captain Jeffrey does it right! Whether you’re learning how to ski or an experience skiier, the Captain can adjust for fun in the sun. Tubers also enjoy super fast and easy going rides – whatever your style.

Ha Ha Tonka – Laughing spirit day trip :)

Another beautiful spring day at the Lake of the Ozarks. Time for a slight change of scenery with a quick day trip to Ha Ha Tonka. The castle sits above the Niangua arm of the Lake of the Ozarks – about a 30 minute drive from Laurie Missouri.

The castle was started in 1905 by Robert McClure Snyder, Sr., a Kansas City  businessman who purchased a large track of land with his partner. He decided to call the land he purchased “Ha Ha Tonka” which is an Osage Indian phrase meaning “Laughing Spirit” in reference to the gushing springs. Unfortunately Mr. McClure was killed in an auto accident – one of the first in Missouri – in 1906. The castle was completed by his two sons but was later destroyed by fire in 1942. Only the stone castle walls remain.

Ha Ha Tonka castle – before the fire.

Easy Day Trip and Hike.

After you drive up the winding road to the castle, it’s just a short walk to the top where the ruins are standing. The view from the top of the hill is expansive and beautiful – no wonder why he chose this space for a castle. There are also plenty of hikes and interesting landmarks in Ha Ha Tonka State Park.

Just a short drive from Camdenton Missouri – definitely worth a trip!

Golden April Evening

A golden sunset fills the western sky on a beautiful spring evening in the Lake of the Ozarks.. Soon the warmer weather – and the hum of boat engines in the air – will be here. Still waiting season.