If you ask anyone who has been coming to the Lake of the Ozarks for several years what some of their favorite memories are, they will likely mention Millstone.
Millstone 1968

After the completion of Bagnell Dam in 1931, Robert and Catherine Elliot of Kansas City, Missouri purchased land from the Pistol Club, an organization of kansas city businessmen. There they built their dream home, Elliot Lodge,  which would later become known as Millstone Lodge. The lake home featured a stone fireplace that incorporated three millstones brought in from the surrounding hills by Catherine, known to the early Lakers as ‘Bagnell Kate’. The millstones reflect the early history of the Ozarks when clear running streams were used as a power source to grind corn.

Shortly after World War II, the Elliots sold the lodge to the Laner family. Mr Laner was killed in an auto accident not long afterwords and the lodge sold again, becoming a commercial venture. In 1989, Dick Walls, owner of Boone Tavern in Columbia, purchased Millstone and refurbished the facilities and grounds. Under Mr. Walls’ ownership,  Millstone was Lake of the Ozarks best known resort and marina

With new owners and management, today Millstone Harbor, previousely Millstone Marina, is getting an extensive makeover with new upgraded electrical service, fuel pumps, updated docks, bathrooms, parts & service department. According to Dave Doherty, general manager at Millstone,  their service department can handle anything from fishing boats to large yachts and houseboats.  Dave grew up spending his summers at Millstone working for his aunt and uncle, Red and Norma Morrison. Red and Norma ran the marina from 1964 to 1979.

Besides, parts and service, Millstone Harbor is also the largest marina at the lake with over 300 boat slips, a fuel dock,  a new restaurant,  the Tap & Grill, and the premier water taxi and charter service at the lake, Playin Hooky Water Taxi & Charters LLC. Offering water taxi, group and corporate chaters,  a bar hop cruise, and their new service, the Aqua Shuttle.

Playin Hooky’s Aqua Shuttle is a water shuttle currently running Friday and Saturday evenings between six bar & grills: the new Tap & Grill Bar, Shady Gators, Lazy Gators, Franky & Louie’s, Pickleheads via Franky & Louie’s, Bobbers and H-Toad’s. For $20 each, guests can purchase a wristband which will allow them to hop on and hop off all evening from 6:00 pm to 1:30 am at the various bar & grills.

Years ago Millstone was the place to go when you came to the lake to have a good time and relax. Its going to be fun watching this great part of Lake history being brought back to life. The best times are yet to come!

If you have a great story or pictures about Millstone let us know, we would love to share them!

For more information on boat slip rental and service, contact:
Dave Doherty  (573) 372-6272

Historical information obtained from;
Millstone Condos
Millstone Harbor

Welcome to Lake of the Ozarks!

The best part of our business is all the great people we get to meet!

This family gets together every year at different locations, and this year they chose the Lake of the Ozarks to play hooky!
We really enjoyed taking Philip and his family around to several waterfront bars for great food and entertainment.  Everyone from the grandparents to the grandkids had a blast and made memories to last a lifetime.  Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your adventure and we look forward to seeing you next year!


online booking nowWe are pleased to announce that Playin Hooky Water Taxi and Charters, LLC now has an online booking page making it easier than ever to make a reservation for our Fun Cruises, including our Friday and Saturday 4 Hour Bar Hop Cruise, Coconut Shuttle and 4th of July Fireworks Cruise.

Now with our Online Booking Calendar everyone can see how many seats are available for each Cruise and make a reservation for one person or a whole group using PayPal. This is especially convenient for Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties where one person has made arrangements for a Cruise and each person in the group wants to pay separately.

We look forward to continuing to serve the Lake of the Ozarks and offer a fun and safe way to keep the party going while we search the Lake for the best entertainment and drinks at the Lake!

For information on our cruises, please visit:

To visit our booking page, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you at the Lake!

Summer Fun!

summer funWe’ve had a great time on our Bar Hop Cruises these past few weeks.  Even with the unpredictable weather, with the canopy on the boat we just kept the party going!  Most show up early before the cruise and hang out at the pool bar at H-Toad’s till its time to depart.  When we arrive at Jolly Rogers the girls love to dance on the boat/bar.  The next stop is Jerk Shack to get hot wings and a Bob Marley frozen drink.  Then everyone takes a splash at the Coconuts pool party.  Last we stop at Bumps Barefoot for one more drink and play sand bag toss.  After arriving back at H-Toad’s check out the new Chill Bar with exciting smoking drinks and live entertainment.  What a great day!  All for $30.  Call for reservations, several dates are already sold out 573-434-2627.

Congratulations and Thanks to all the Bachelor and Bachelorette parties!  We look forward to seeing you the next time you’re at the lake!


I Hope I Never See This Again!

i hope i never see this again
I Hope I Never See This Again!
Saturday, May 31st after spending time at Coconuts during our Bar Hop Cruise, we left around 5:00 pm to head back to Camden on the Lake. While approaching the 4mm on the Gravois Arm I saw a Water Patrol boat stopping just ahead of us in the middle of the channel and turning around. At first I wasn’t sure what was going on then I noticed a person wearing a life jacket in the water that the officer was trying to help. As I approached I tried to position my boat where I could assist and then saw that the life jacket had come off the young man. I threw out our life ring and throw rope but there was no attempt to reach it. The officer did everything he could to save the young man including putting his own life in danger by jumping into the water, but was not able to hold on to him. As a note, except in some extreme cases you should never jump in the water to try to save someone drowning. The drowning victim, in attempt to save their own life, will try to climb the rescuer causing both to drown.

The young man was Brandon E. Ellingson, age 20 from Clive, Iowa. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Brandon “was being transported for boating while intoxicated when he stood up in the moving vessel, stepped to the edge starboard side and fell or jumped overboard”.

The Whole Incident Only Lasted Just A Couple Minutes
The Lake of the Ozarks is a beautiful place to live and vacation too, but when people drink on the water, no matter how much, always designate a captain and don’t let your friends drive their boat after they have been drinking. The men and women of the Water Patrol at the Lake of the Ozarks are brave and dedicated to the safety on the lake. As I wrote the title for this post, “I Hope I Never See This Again”, I think about how easily this could have been avoided. From the time I saw the Water Patrol boat stopping until it was all over, only a couple of minutes had passed. Things like this happen very quickly, and any captain before heading out for the day should go over what to do in case of an emergency.  Even if you were just out the day before, review safety equipment and what to do in case of an emergency with the passengers. If they are not familiar with your boat or you have moved safety equipment on the boat, it could make the difference between life and death.

Our heart and prayers go out to Brandon, his family and friends.
brandon 5-31-2014

Mystery Behind Tragedy: The Grand Glaize

Grand_Glaize Story pic
Great story Creighton, Thanks for covering this event! A lot of safety improvements and requirements have been made in the last 60 years making boating on the lake much safer. This should also serve as a reminder for people looking to get out on the water that unforeseen circumstances can arise and you should always designate a captain and wear a life jacket.

Planning a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party?

picture of a bachelor party
So you’re coming to the Lake of the Ozarks with friends to celebrate a bachelor or bachelorette party and just found out you’re in charge of planning! Where do you start? And most of all, you don’t want to disappoint the bride or groom. Have no fear,  with a little planning and organization everyone will have a great time. The lake area has so much to offer. There are great places to stay, and a great selection of restaurants both on the water and off.

Think about where you want to stay, you have a lot of choices around the lake. If you want to be where the action is check out Camden on the Lake. You can park your car when you arrive and not have to move it until it’s time to head home. They have everything, two restaurants, four bars, a pool with a swim up bar, banquet rooms and much more. And don’t forget the great summer concerts on site at H. Toad’s Bar & Grill, formally known as the Horny Toad. On schedule for this summer is Nelly, Bret Michaels, Contagious and many more. After you get settled in and want to explore, Shady Gators, a waterfront bar & grill serving lunch, dinner and drinks is right across the cove and within walking distance.

Most of all, you can’t plan a complete trip to the Lake of the Ozarks without getting out on the water. There are several waterfront bar & grills providing friendly service, great food, drinks and entertainment. Located at H. Toads/Camden on the Lake,  Plain Hooky Water Taxi & Charters, LLC offers several options to have a safe and fun time on the lake. Offering water taxi, charter service, a shuttle to Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill and our famous Bar Hop Cruise all aboard a USCG certified 36 passenger Catamaran!

The Bar Hop Cruise runs Friday and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm and goes to four popular waterfront bars. Coolers with your favorite drinks are welcome. This has been real popular with the Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties as well as couples or small groups that want to get out on the lake and have a great time for a small price. Making your reservation is easy, just use our Online Booking Calendar where you can pay as a group or individually.

If your group would rather have a private cruise and have the boat to themselves, you can charter the 36 passenger Catamaran, Playin Hooky II, by the hour and the captain will chauffeur you wherever you would like to go.

For those who want to spend the day at Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill, Playin Hooky offers a Coconut Shuttle that departs from Camden on the Lake at 11:30 am and returns from Coconuts at 6:00 pm. Coconuts is a great place to spend the day.

No matter how long your stay, when it’s time to go, everyone will leave wanting more!

You can find more information on lodging and attractions around the lake at:

Also check out Camden on the Lake for information on the resort and concert schedule.


new service

Last year we were proud to bring to the Lake of the Ozarks the first Bar Hop Cruise at the Lake on Fridays at 1:00 PM.   We also brought the first Shuttle to the Lake, the Coconut Shuttle, which runs from H.Toad’s/Camden on the Lake Saturdays at 11:30 AM up to Coconuts and returns from Coconuts at 6:00 PM.

This year we are excited to bring another fun day on the water with our Bar Hop Cruise on Saturday!

After searching the lake for the best drinks on the Lake on Fridays, some of our guests couldn’t get enough and wanted to go again on Saturday.  So we’ve put together another great Bar Hop Cruise that’s sure to please everyone.  Our Friday and Saturday Bar Hop Cruises go to four popular waterfront bar and grills, some of which are:

Beaver’s at the Dam
Bumps Barefoot Bar
Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill
Docknocker’s Dive Bar
Franky and Louie’s
Jerk Shack
Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog
Momma’s Market

Weekly 4hr Bar Hop Cruise
Friday & Saturdays at 1:00 PM
Departs from H-Toad’s/Camden on the Lake
(Located at dock A near the pool)
Limited seating available

Seats are filling up fast so call Now!





kicking off the season

Our first charter of the year was a fun one!  Mizzou’s Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity joined us for a fun day on the water and everyone had a great time.  The day started out cool and ended up bright and sunny.  We started off with a stop at the Jerk Shack and wound up at Jolly Rogers Grub and Grog where they were told….

“t’ didn’t have t’ worry about walkin’ t’ plank since they came with Playin Hooky.  Jolly Roger himself greeted everyone when we arrived and made aye no one port without havin’ pleanty t’ eat and drink.  T’ surprise o’ t’ day came when Jolly Roger offered buy one get one free shots for all o’ those who came with Playin Hooky”….now that made everyone Jolly!  You’ll be findin’ Jolly Roger here in t’ picture for aye.  Arrgh!

For information about Jolly Rogers Grub and Grog visit:

To book your charter today call 573-434-2627  or to find information on other waterfront bars & attractions around the lake go to:



Keeping Boating Fun and Safe

Keeping Boating Fun and Safe


Whether you are new to boating or a seasoned captain, if you have never taken a safe boating class It can be educational and fun. This past Saturday I had the opportunity to sit in on the USCG Auxiliary boating safety course (ABS) put on by the Flotilla 52 Ozarks Region Coast Guard Auxiliary. It was a great experience and if you were born after January 1st, 1984, this class will fulfill the requirement to operate a boat or PWC (personal water craft) in the state of Missouri.

The instructors, Wilson Allsbrook, Deb Stoner and Carroll Vogel covered everything from required safety equipment to navigating your boat. For more information or to attend the next USCG boating safety class contact Wilson Allsbrook at:

The Coast Guard Auxiliary also performs free recreational boat inspections upon request. Boats passing a safety check are awarded a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Decal that lets Water Patrol, Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies know that your boat was in full compliance with all federal and state boating laws during the safety check for that year.

What If My Boat Doesen’t Pass?
If your boat does not pass, no citation is issued. Instead you are provided a written report in how to correct any discrepancies.

Having your boat inspected will give you peace of mind knowing that it meets federal and state requirements. Check with your insurance company-in many cases boating insurance agencies offer discounts for vessels which are inspected yearly.

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