The Lake of the Ozarks 26th Annual Spring Harbor Hop


On Saturday, May 6, 2023, boaters had the opportunity to participate in the 26th Annual Spring Harbor Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks. The Harbor Hop is a poker hop in which participants pick up playing cards in order to build a winning poker hand and become eligible to win prizes. Players donate $20.00 per seven-card hand and start their run to draw their first card at any of the sponsoring restaurants, and marinas along the lake’s Main Channel, the Big Niangua and Gravois arms.

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This year there were 1,723 hands sold and 40 different sponsors. We also enjoyed spectacular weather, all this combined to make the Spring hop a very successful event. “This event is a great opportunity for visitors and locals to get out on the Lake and kick off the boating season at Lake of the Ozarks. This Spring we had 600 more hopers than last Spring and I am sure a lot of that is due to the perfect summer like weather we had,” states Heather Brown, Executive Director for the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau. “At the Harbor Hop, we can guarantee a good time. We invite everyone to come join us for the Fall Hop on October 14, 2023 and enjoy a day out on the water.” The Spring Harbor Hop traditionally is held the first weekend of May to kick-off the summer boating season. The Lake of the Ozarks CVB sponsors the Spring Harbor Hop as well as the Fall Harbor Hop held the second weekend in October to extend the boating season. Other sponsors include the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association and Waterfront Restaurants.

For more information about the Harbor Hop and other events, attractions, shopping,
lodging and dining at Central Missouri’s scenic Lake of the Ozarks, visit or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).

The Lake of the Ozarks is also up for 10Best/USA Today Readers’ Choice Award for Best Lake for Watersports in the Nation! Voting ends Friday, June 5th at 12:00pm EDT (11:00 am CST). Vote here!


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