Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Join us at Lake of the Ozarks for Easter Weekend!

The Lake of the Ozarks will be hoppin' this weekend! With the weather warming up, who wouldn't want to spend this Spring holiday at Lake. There will be plenty for the children to do from pictures with the Easter bunny to finding hidden eggs. Here are some of the must do events for the kids this weekend!

5th Annual Giant Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 4

Load up the family and head to Mother Nature's Riverfront Retreat at the Tunnel Dam Garden Center for the 5th Annual GIANT Easter Egg Hunt! The event will feature face painting, bouncy houses, petting zoo, local vendors and lots of fun! Gates open at 1:30 pm and the hunt begins at 3 pm. Cost is $5 per car. Be sure to come early, the first 200 cars will get a token for a free night of camping!

Easter Eggstravaganza - Saturday, April 4

Join us at First Assembly of God Church from 2-4 pm for our annual Eggstravaganza. This popular Easter event will feature free food, inflatables, games, clowns, entertainment and egg hunts.

1st Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 4

Join us Saturday, April 4th at the Osage Beach City Park for fun free activities and food. Activities start at Noon and the egg hunts begin at 1:00 P.M. Activities include local 4H Club project rabbit displays, pictures with the Easter Bunny, Face Painting and Bounce Houses. So come out to the Osage Beach City Park for a fun afternoon!

11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt in the Park - Sunday, April 5

On Easter Sunday, from 2-3 pm, the Laurie Easter egg hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs "hidden" throughout the fair grounds. The Easter Bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone.

Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at Captain Ron's - April 5 

Join us at Captain Ron's on Sunday, April 5 from 9 am to 1 pm for Easter. Brunch is $18 per person. See the Easter bunny in person and participate in an egg hunt at noon. There will also be a church service under the tent at 10 am.

Make it a Lake of the Ozarks vacation and take advantage of our Spring Special! Now through May 21, pay for two nights and get a third night for free. Call Your Lake Vacation today at 877-284-0267 for more information!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spacious Two-Bedroom Waterfront Condo at Lake of the Ozarks

Knolls Resort Condominiums - Condo #413

This gorgeous 2 bedroom, 2 bath waterfront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks joined our program in Spring 2012. The unit features a king bed in the master suite, with a mini fridge and flat screen TV. The second bedroom has a Queen bed. Other features of this fully-furnished condo include a full kitchen, washer and dryer and seating for 6 at the dining room table. The living room features a fireplace, flat screen TV and extra sleeping with a queen sleeper sofa and a twin sleeper sofa.

Out on the covered deck, enjoy the tall dining seating for 6, a gas grill and a GREAT waterfront view! The owners went all out in remodeling this unit just for you, our special guests. The Knolls Resort community offers great amenities including an indoor and outdoor pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, community hot tub, wet and dry saunas, game room, vending area, club house, playground, charcoal grilling area, picnic area, swim dock and basketball court. What more could you ask for?

Book this unit today by calling Your Lake Vacation at 800-648-0339! Our Lake of the Ozarks property management company has rentals all over the Lake area including The Knolls Resort, Lazy Days Condos and select units at other complexes, as well as private homes. For all your Lake of the Ozarks vacation needs, contact Your Lake Vacation!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Monday, March 16, 2015

How Much Do You Know About St. Patrick's Day?

You better grab your green unless you want to get pinched because St. Patrick's Day is here! This holiday is celebrated all around the world, with each country and city having their own special traditions. In celebration of this fun holiday, Your Lake Vacation brings you some St. Patrick's Day Trivia! How much do you know about this Irish holiday?


1. Where was the first St. Patrick's Day Parade held? 

A. Ireland 
B. Boston
C. New York City
D. New Orleans

2. When did St. Patrick's Day become a national holiday in Ireland? 

A. 1903
B. 1931
C. 1922
D. 1917

3. St. Patrick used what to teach about the holy trinity? 

A. Water
B. Egg
C. Triangle
D. 3-Leaf Clover 

4. In what year did Chicago first dye its river green for St. Patrick's Day? 

A. 1962
B. 1954
C. 1972
D. 1981

5. What day in St. Patrick's life does March 17 represent? 

A. The day he was born. 
B. The day he died. 
C. The day he got married. 
D. The day he became a saint. 

6. What 4 states have cities named Shamrock? 

A. Nebrasksa, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia
B. Iowa, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma
C. West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana 
D. West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska

7. According to legend, what should you never do if you catch a leprechaun? 

A. Take your eyes off him. 
B. Let him go. 
C. Feed him. 
D. Take him inside. 

8. What 3 colors does the Irish flag have? 

A. Green, White, Red
B. Green, White, Yellow
C. Green, White, Orange
D. Green, Orange, Blue 

9. What is an Irish dance called? 

A. Jive 
B. Jig 
C. Boogie
D. Frolic

10. What is a traditional meal eaten on St. Patrick's Day? 

A. Chicken and Cabbage 
B. Turkey and Stuffing 
C. Ham and Potatoes
D. Corned Beef and Cabbage


1. B - Boston 
2. A - 1903
3. D - 3-Leaf Clover
4. A - 1962
5. B - The day he died. 
6. C - West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana
7. A - Take your eyes off him. 
8. C - Green, White, Orange
9. B - Jig 
10. D - Corned Beef and Cabbage

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Your Lake Vacation! If you planning a trip to the Lake for any of the upcoming holidays or events, give us a call at 877-284-0267. We have the best selection of vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks. From one bedroom condos to seven bedroom homes, we have something to fit everyone's vacation needs. Now is the time to book for the 2015 Season!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Book Now for 2015 Lake Events!

The 2015 Season is filled with all your favorite Lake events! From the annual harbor hops to the shootout and everything in between, Lake of the Ozarks is the place to be this Summer. Your Lake Vacation is here to hook you up with the BEST accommodations at the Lake of the Ozarks for each of these great events. Get them on your calendars today!

Spring In-Water Boat Show at Dog Days: April 17-19

April In Water Boat Show by Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association come see a variety of boats including new cruisers, performance, and runabouts and personal watercraft.  Friday 1p-7p, Sat 10-7 and Sun 10-4 Dog Days Bar & Grill For more information, please visit: www.lomdaboats.com

18th Annual Harbor Hop: May 2 

One of the Lake of the Ozarks largest events of the year! Kick off the boating season by participating in the 18th Annual Spring Harbor Hop. Dozens of the Lakes best Restaurants and Marinas will be set up as checkpoints for participants to draw a card and try and win the best and worst hands. Prizes are awarded to winners, and anyone can play! For more information, please visit: www.funlake.com/harborhop.

Liquidforce BroStock 2015: May 28-30

The world's best wakeboard contest is back! Liquid Force's world famous BROstock will be taking place May 28-30 at scenic Lake of the Ozarks "BROzarks", Missouri! Fueled by Monster Energy, BROstock will feature twenty six of the world's best riders including Harley Clifford, Shane Bonifay, and Bob Soven competing in a double-up contest for over $30,000! Axis Wake Research, the official towboat of BROstock, will be pulling the world¹s best behind a new 2014 A22. Come and hang out with your favorite LF team riders and have the time of your life... Come for the contest, stay for the party! The competition will take place in Captain Ron's cove at the 34.5 Mile Marker. For more information, please visit: www.brostock.com.

Lake Race 2015: June 6-7

Watch Power boats from all over compete for their share of the money. Viewing will be available on the Dam as well as many sponsoring establishments. Boats will run from the 0 mile marker to the 6 mile marker. You can watch the races live at www.krmsradio.com/lakeracestream. Event Location: Beaver's at the Dam. For more information, please visit: www.lakerace.com.

Canine Cannonball at Dog Days: June 12-14 

How far can your dog jump? The annual Dock Dogs jumping contest is held at Dog Days again this year. Canine athletes compete in Big Air, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve at this family friendly event. For information on entering your dog contact Dog Days at 573-348-9797. Free admission. Event Location: Dog Days Bar & Grill For more information, please visit: http://www.dockdogs.com.

Aquapalooza 2015 

The Lake's Largest FAMILY Boating event will be held July 18th. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers invites ALL BOATERS to join them for a great day on the water. Live music and activities will keep you having fun all day long. On the Water Party at Dog Days Restaurant at the 19mm, just west of the Grand Glaize Bridge. For more information, please visit www.funlake.com/aquapalooza.

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout: August 22-30

Event Location: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout being held at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill will bring the top racers and off shore racing power boats topping 200 MPH. The largest unsanctioned boat race in the midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators. Proceeds will benefit the Lake Area Rescue Teams, and other charitable organizations!
Shootout Events include: R/C Mini Powerboats Shootout, Golf Tournament, Treasure Hunt, PWC Dam Run, Shootout Strip Street Party, Vendor Villages, Poker Runs, Live Entertainment and much more. For a complete Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Schedule visit the official Lake of the Ozarks Shootout website at www.lakeoftheozarksshootout.org.

9th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest: September 17-20

Visit beautiful Lake of the Ozarks this September for the ultimate BikeFest Event, including spectacular scenic rides, more than 200 biker friendly bars and restaurants, great parties, vendors, and rockin' concerts at night! Visit Lake of the Ozarks for a chance to win a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle!

30th Annual Fall Harbor Hop: October 10 

Anyone can enter for a fun day on Lake of the Ozarks! Visit over 40 of our participating locations on the water to play your poker hand. Enter the Harbor hop by stopping at any of the check points. To obtain a hand, sign up and pay an optional $15 donation. Any player can enter more than once. The 1st card is drawn at the checkpoint where the hand is purchased; 6 additional cards are obtained by hopping to six more checkpoints drawing one card, per hand, at each location. The hand is complete when the 7th card is drawn. To qualify the hand must be turned in by 7pm at your last checkpoint. Winners will be notified by certified mail.

Book now to get the best rental selection of waterfront homes and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks. From one bedrooms up to seven, Your Lake Vacation has something to fit everyone's needs. Contact us at 877-284-0267 to setup your reservations today!

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Monday, March 2, 2015

So You Want to Purchase an Investment Property?

I have probably talked more potential Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental property owners out of purchasing a property than I have talked them into purchasing something. The first thing I hear is, “I’m looking for an investment property.” That usually means that the “investor” needs the property to completely cash flow and pay all the expenses including insurance, property taxes, etc. In this day and age, that would be the exception rather than the rule. Having the proper perspective when it comes to owning a vacation rental property will make a huge difference in your overall experience.

Return on Investment

ROI or return on investment is what most people are looking for. Let’s look at the basics when it comes to getting a good return here at the Lake of the Ozarks. Keep in mind that the Lake has a really short vacation rental season compared to other locations, such as Florida or California. Here we are looking at approximately 90 days and depending on the type of property, you are only going to get weekend rentals for the most part. That would be 15 weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day. You will also get a few outside of that time frame, but more than 80% of your rentals will fall within that 90 day window.

Example: Two Bedroom Condo

Let’s use a two bedroom condo as our model. The average selling price right now for a two bedroom waterfront condo in Osage Beach area is right around $123,000. Based on a 30 year mortgage at 4.5% interest and 20% down, your payments will be around $490.00 per month. A typical two bedroom condo rents for around $175 per night in the summer and you can expect around 40 summer nights. You can also expect around 10 off-season nights in the $140 per night range. That gives you around $8,400.00 for the season. Your average cost is going to be somewhere around $11,000.00 for the year. That would include your mortgage, insurance, taxes, quarterly assessments and electricity. Over time, you will also need to set aside some of your earnings to update your property, repaint, replace worn items, etc.

Net Income

Depending on who you use you are going to give 35-40% of your rental income to the Lake of the Ozarks property management company. That leaves you with around $5,000 to $5,500 in net income from rentals. If you are looking to cover some of your expenses like your electric, insurance and taxes then you are probably going to find the experience a lot more satisfying than if you need your rental income to cover your mortgage and assessments which will total right around $8,500 on a two bedroom condo. Even if you manage the property yourself you will, in most cases, come up a bit short. But your perspective will make all the difference!

Russell Burdette is the owner of Your Lake Vacation, a professional vacation rental management company at the Lake of the Ozarks since 1986. If you would like a vacation rental market analysis or more info on renting your home or condo as a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, please call 573-365-3367 or e-mail russell@yourlakevacation.com.

For more information please call us toll free at 1-877-284-0267!!
4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076