Plenty of things got cancelled in 2020, but boating stayed afloat. Perfect for getting fresh air and social-distancing-approved, boaters came to Lake of the Ozarks early and stayed late—and some even made the Lake their new permanent home.
All that boating activity was bound to generate some interesting stories, so to help pass the time between now and the next boating season, here are the biggest, most-read boating articles from LakeExpo in 2020.
*LakeExpo's Biggest Boating Stories Of 2020*
1. The Trump Parade
Trump boating parades became a recurring news item across the nation last summer, as boaters from coast to coast showed their support for the President's re-election bid. One of the early parades took place at Lake of the Ozarks, and hundreds of boaters came out for a day on the water to support The Donald. Photos of the parade went viral. Check them out below:
Trump Parade! Hundreds Of Boaters Fly Trump & U.S. Flags For Massive Lake Of The Ozarks Event [GALLERY I]
It was Trump’s birthday and Flag Day, on June 14, 2020, and boaters celebrated both, en masse, with a massive parade on Lake of the Ozarks. Onlookers estimate there were about 350 boats with U.S. and Trump flags participating in the event. Many boats had tubes in tow, and looked like they were headed out on the Lake for the day, after the parade.
Participants ate breakfast at Camden on the Lake, and then opened wide and roared up the Lake to Captain Ron’s: about a 27-mile trek. There were so many boats, some participants in smaller vessels said they had to bail out of the event before it was over, because of the heavy water churn in the midst of the parade.
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2. Boaters, Heroes
Among our best-read stories of the year was LakeExpo's coverage of two separate boating incidents in which bystanders became heroes.
“They’re gonna turn, they’re gonna turn… and they didn’t. They hit it.”
The Sea Ray was still tied to the dock at Bridgeview Marina on Lake of the Ozarks, when it e…
3. New No-Wake Zone Targets Big Boats
This one stirred up LakeExpo readers. A new Limited No-Wake Zone meant to shield docks along a 6-mile stretch of Lake of the Ozarks was met with strong opinions from both sides. The Limited No-Wake Zone only applies to boats longer than 39 feet, and the Water Patrol says they'll only be focusing enforcement on cruisers and yachts, not high-performance boats that—while longer than 39 feet—don't generate a significant wake. A LakeExpo reader survey showed the vast majority approve of the change.
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Missouri State Highway Patrol just made a large stretch of Lak…
4. Late Night Boat Crash Kills One, Injures Four
The Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau estimates several million people visit the Lake annually, and most of them are likely here for a day or few on the water. The vast majority enjoy the Lake without accident or incident, but in one case last summer, catastrophe struck. A woman was killed and four people were injured when two boats collided just after midnight. The driver of one of the boats was charged with Boating While Intoxicated.
Money is pouring in for the victims of a horrific boat crash on Lake of the Ozarks last week…
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol troopers and divers we…
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — A woman was killed and four people were injured when two boats col…
5. Gypsy Rose Sinks To Davy Jones' Locker
Gypsy Rose, the piratey-themed boat moored at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill, sailed her last voyage in 2019. LakeExpo broke the news in 2020 that the boat was unglamorously sunk in a rainstorm late in 2019. The boat, tied up at a dock, sank after heavy rainfall, and was totaled.
Gypsy Rose, the pirate ship that hosted parties and sailed for years in Captain Ron's Bar &a…
6. A Record-Setting Spring
Many Lake of the Ozarks businesses in the marine industry said they had never had a better spring than in 2020. Cooped-up Americans came to the Lake