LAKE OF THE OZARKS — The historic Millstone Marina, on the 7 Mile Marker of the Lake of the Ozarks, is being brought back to life, and the new owners have grand plans.
Jeff and Kim Howell purchased the iconic Lake of the Ozarks business located on Route O in Laurie, in October 2017, and they have plans to renovate the existing buildings, as well as add more features to the once booming property.
“We want this to be a destination location,” Jeff said. “A place where people can come while on vacation or come and live on their boat, or stay in our campground, and have everything they need all in one location.”
Preserving History & Improving For The Future
According to Jeff, Millstone Marina is the oldest and largest marina operating at the Lake of the Ozarks. He plans to preserve the oldest building on the property, the old service building, and use it for their new central office. “We are keeping an old crank that is mounted on wooden beams on the ceiling that was used to pull old outboard motors, a sort of throw-back to the original Millstone,” Jeff said.
Depicted above, Millstone Marina was once known as "Morrison's Mooring." (Photo circa 1968)
Since purchasing the property, the Howells have been busy with renovations from top to bottom.
The marina sits in a quiet cove, and perhaps the most striking and memorable feature of the property is the stunning panoramic view of the main channel. There are currently 166 boat rental slips, with plans to add another 70. “A lot of the people here are long-term rentals. They come down to the Lake, and stay from Thursday through Sunday. They sleep on their boat and hang out on the docks,” Jeff said. Some of the boat slip renters have added a custom deck with patio furniture. The atmosphere is one of a laid-back, Lakeside community of friends. “They have neighborhood block parties, and they hang out on their boats all weekend,” Jeff said. Slip renters receive access to hot showers, bathrooms, on-the-dock pump-outs, water, electricity and more.
“We are going to asphalt the entire property,” Jeff said, adding, “We are adding a new break wall to protect boats that come into harbor.”
Boaters who visit Millstone Marina will be able to fill up their tanks, their refrigerators and their stomachs. “This part of the Lake has been missing a great convenience store,” Jeff said. The new Millstone Marina Sea-Store will offer a beer cave, hard liquor, supplies and 87- and 93- octane gasoline and diesel fuel. “We are also building a big deck on the C-store and we will offer Lakeside dining with pizza, sandwiches and more.”
Boats can also be serviced on the property via a 9,000 sq.ft. marina with a state-of-the-art paint shop for bottom painting, buffing and waxing, and teak wood refinishing. They also sell boat parts and provide maintenance.
The Howells have plans to add a campground on a beautiful 25-acre bluff that overlooks the Lake of the Ozarks, just above the marina. “We will have full utility hook-ups and year-round rental options,” Jeff said. Plans are to keep as many trees as feasible to minimize the human footprint during design and excavation. “Every campsite will have the full, gorgeous main channel view,” Jeff said.
Watch the Millstone Marina Facebook page for progress updates. “We will have a grand opening celebration in the Spring of 2018,” Jeff announced.
The Howells also own Preferred Property Group (PPG), where they manage their own properties at the Lake of the Ozarks, which include a 32-unit apartment complex, 28 duplexes, an on-the-water six-plex and a 90-unit storage facility.
For information about Millstone Marina call 573-372-6272. For information about PPG call Kylie Purdy at 573-525-1940.