Friday, September 4, 2015

The Boat Path Less Taken for Labor Day

This Labor Day weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks is going to be full of fun, food, fireworks, and of course boating! Whether you live at the Lake or you are packing up the family for a weekend in the sun - having a boat is the way to go. Of course, with as many boats as there will be out on the water, what do you do if you're looking for a quieter Lake setting? We're glad you asked!

Aquatic Trail Route

The Aquatic Trail is administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as part of the Lake of the Ozarks State Park. It is nine miles long, and depending on your speed can take around two hours. It runs from Public Beach No. 1 to Grand Glaize Beach. You can start at either end of the trail, and a booklet with a map is available at the park office. The booklet also includes a list of neat places you can find along the trail that are historically related to the Lake.

Aquatic Trail History

Each of the 14 stops are marked with an orange and white buoy, pointing out such things as Lumberman's Logging Chute. This was a gap in the bluff used over a century ago to push the railroad ties down into the Grand Glaize Creek, before it was the Lake of the Ozarks. They were then floated downstream. There are many other stops along the way that will give you a broader idea of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Aquatic Trail Stops

Station A. Lumberman's Logging Chute, described below.
Station B. Limestone & Dolomite fracturing: bedrock cracks or "joints".
Station C. Naturally Solar Heated Bluff: Red Cedars, Lip Fern.
Station D. Nature's Apartment Houses: overhanging rock outcroppings: possibly used as shelter by Indians.
Station E. Example of sediment extending the cove banks.
Station F. Lichens: plant life growing right out of rock.
Station G. Remains of lake reefs developed in ancient seas.
Station H. Cave, typical of the region's "karst" topography, which also includes sinkholes, underground streams, large springs and natural bridges.
Station I. Glade, Missouri's version of a desert.
Station J. Natural chert gravel beach.
Station K. Best growing conditions in the Ozarks.
Station L. "Pigeon Holes"
Station M. "Slumping" and "Creeping".
Station N. Nature's window in the bluff: "Slice Arch".

Gas Up At Surdyke Yamaha

Surdyke Marina has been providing amazing service to the boaters at the Lake of the Ozarks for over 40 years. From selling boats, providing maintenance, and taking your trade-in's, we're here to keep you out on the water! While you're out boating for Labor Day weekend, remember that Surdyke's Port 20 is the newest full service boat gas dock at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you haven't joined the boating community yet, stop in at our showroom. Our staff would be honored to introduce you to the boat of your dreams, and get you started on the water. At Surdyke Yamaha you really do ride on our reputation. Have a fabulous Labor day with friends and family!

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