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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

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!



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: