Missouri lakes are subtle but brilliant diamonds in the state’s landscape. These freshwater lakes are irreplaceable, providing a considerable draw for Missouri’s tourist industry. Those who know these lakes recognize their value.
Whether fishing from a dockside cabin or day-cruising from your yacht, there’s no better way to enjoy our freshwater gems than by sailing on them. Throughout the state, more and more people are discovering how amazing it feels to let go of the dock lines and set sail on one of Missouri’s many freshwater lakes.
Here are a few of our favorite spots for exploring those glittering gems.
Lake of the Ozarks
The Lake of the Ozarks is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Missouri and is a popular place for boating and sailing. Featuring several marinas and 13 public boat ramps, it’s easily accessible and offers many restaurants, bars, and hotels that feature water views.
If you’re in the mood for a more significant challenge, the lake has multiple regattas and boating events during the summer season. The lake has a variety of conditions, and you can often find winds of five to 20 miles per hour.
So it’s generally easier to sail in the spring and fall months, but the lake can have dramatic weather changes and significant storms.
Table Rock Lake
Table Rock Lake is a freshwater lake with ample space for sailing and exploring. A few nearby marinas rent boats, including Table Rock’s State Park Marina, where you can charter a boat tour or rent your own boat or jet ski. The boat docks at the marina are relatively shallow, so you won’t be able to take out a large sailboat, but you can still enjoy a day of sailing on the lake.
Even though the winds aren’t as strong as they are on the Lake of the Ozarks, they’re still strong enough to create excellent sailing conditions. The winds are typically more robust in the afternoons, so you might want to schedule your sailing trip early in the day.
Bull Shoals Lake
Bull Shoals Lake is a smaller but still very beautiful waterway. It’s a good place for beginner sailors because the winds are slightly less intense, and the lake is less prone to dramatic weather changes or large wakes.
You’ll find marinas, public docks, and boat ramps throughout the lake, making it easy to get on the water. The winds on Bull Shoals Lake are generally more substantial in the afternoons than in the mornings, so plan your sailing trip accordingly. The winds can be very strong, so if you’re a beginner sailor, you should be prepared for gusts.
Lake Pomme de Terre
Lake Pomme de Terre is a small but enjoyable lake. It is a beautiful clear water lake. The lake has marinas where you can rent boats and explore the lake. Pomme de Terre has relatively consistent winds during the sailing season, so you should be able to find good sailing conditions regardless of the time of year.
Missouri’s freshwater lakes are spectacular places to enjoy the water and get some exercise. Whether you like to paddle, row, or sail, the clear water and wide open spaces of a freshwater lake provide an unparalleled experience.
Lake sailing is not only a great way to stay active and enjoy the beauty of our state’s lakes, but it’s also a simple and affordable way to get out on the water.