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Spring Harbor Hop This Weekend At Lake Of The Ozarks: Here's Where To Go & What To Know

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LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo – If boating season hasn't already begun, then it will this weekend. The annual Spring Harbor Hop is set for May 1 at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Spring Harbor Hop, a highly-anticipated seasonal tradition at the Lake of the Ozarks, combines some of the best things about springtime in the area - warm weather, scenic beauty, boating, dining, live music and fun - along with the chance to win big prizes. The weather looks like it will cooperate, too: mid-week rain will clear out by the weekend, with sunny skies and a high of 77 degrees on tap for Saturday at the Lake.

According to the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau, upwards of 1,000 boaters have joined in past Spring Harbor Hops. And with the increasing popularity of Lake of the Ozarks throughout 2020, this year will likely bring even more.

How To Harbor Hop

Harbor Hop participants can travel by water or by land to their choice of over 40 lakeside restaurants, bars, resorts and marinas in order to complete the best poker hand (or hands). Hoppers must travel to at least seven different locations to draw cards, but can visit as many of the participating venues as they wish.

The rules of this poker hop are simple. Participants begin the Harbor Hop by making a suggested donation of $20 per hand and drawing their first card(s) at any of the participating venues. From there, six additional cards are obtained by visiting at least six additional Harbor Hop locations to draw one card, per hand, at each location. Once the seventh card is drawn, the hand is complete and turned in at the location where that card was drawn. In order to help improve the hand(s), one additional card per hand can be obtained at that same location for a $5 donation.

The top 5 poker hands, as well as the four worst hands, will be awarded cash prizes. There will be 10 randomly selected winners as well. In order for a poker hand to be eligible for prizes, it must be turned in to one of the official Harbor Hop venues no later than 7 p.m. the day of the event. Winners will be notified by certified mail. In addition, there will be prizes for "section winners" who complete their entire hand in one of these.

Harbor Hop Checkpoints

Checkpoints Gravois Arm - Section I

1) Maggie's at the Lake - 8 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

2) Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

3) Hillbilly Yacht Club Bar & Grill - 7 MM Gravois Arm - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

4) Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog - 4.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

5) Lake Burger - 4.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

6) Quick Time C-Store at Millstone Marina - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

7) Chesnie's Cafe at Millstone Marina - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

8) Tap and Grill Lakeside Brew Haus - 6.5 MM Main Channel - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints Dam - 13 MM Main Channel- Section II 

9) Neon Taco - 0 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

10) Ozark Yacht Club/Lakeside Cafe - 1MM (Jennings Branch Cove) - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

11) Big Thunder Marina at Glencove - 3 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

12) Shady Gators #1 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

13) Shady Gators #2 - 7 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

14) Camden on the Lake/H.Toads - 7 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

15) Franky & Louie's #1 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

16) Franky & Louie's #2 - 10 MM (Lynch Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 13.5 MM - 26 MM, Main Channel - Section III

17) Backwater Jack's - 17.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

18) Formula Boats of Missouri - 1 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

19) Bridgeview Marina & Shipstore - 1.5 MM Grand Glaize Arm - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

20) Dog Days #1 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

21) Dog Days #2 - 19 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

22) Kelly's Port - 19.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

23) Shorty Pants Marina & Lounge - 21 MM (Woodland Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

24) Redhead Lakeside Grille - 21 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

25) Redhead Lakeside Grille - 21 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

26) Paradise Tropical Restaurant #1 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

26) Paradise Tropical Restaurant #2 - 24 MM - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

27) Landshark Bar & Grill - 26 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

28) Papa Chubby's Food & Booze - 26 MM (Crab Tree Cove) - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 28.5 MM - 35 MM, Main Channel & Big Niangua Arm - Section IV

29) Miller's Landing - 28.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

30) The Fish & Company - 31 MM (Linn Creek Cove) - 11:00 to 7:00 pm

31) Larry's on the Lake #1 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

32) Larry's on the Lake #2 - 31 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

33) Nautifish Rum Bar - 3.5 MM Big Niangua - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

34) Bulldog's Beach House - 33 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

35) Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #1 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

36) Captain Ron's Bar & Grill #2 - 34.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

37) Pirates Point Gas Dock & Boat Rentals - 35 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Bear Bottom Resort - 38 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

Checkpoints 38 MM - 59.5 MM, Main Channel - Section V

38) Bear Bottom Resort - 38 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

39) Boondockz Lakefront Restaurant & Bar - 45 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

40) Big Dick's Halfway Inn - 47 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

41) Red Fox Bar & Grill - 50 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

42) Surfside Bay Bar & Grill - 58.5 MM - 11:00 to 7:00 pm

43) The Wet Spot Bar & Grill - 58.5 MM - 11:00 am to 7:00 pm

44) Patriot Point Marina - 59.5 MM - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Most of the Spring Harbor Hop locations open at 11 a.m., though some open as early as 9 a.m. Hours vary from location to location, so attendees should consult the list of locations and operating hours at www.FunLake.com/HarborHop.

2019 Spring Harbor Hop Photos