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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!


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: