WHAT: 27th Annual Spring Harbor Hop

WHEN: Saturday, May 4

WHERE: Participating establishments around the Lake of the Ozarks

Visitors and locals alike can join the party and celebrate the kick-off of the 2024 boating season at

the Lake of the Ozarks during the the 27th Annual Spring Harbor Hop, Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The Harbor Hop, which is a casual and entertaining poker “hop,” is a semi-annual event where participants try to complete the best poker hand (or hands) by traveling on the Lake or on land to their choice of waterfront checkpoints across the Lake of the Ozarks. Depending on the location, “hoppers” can grab a bite to eat, enjoy a tasty beverage and listen to live music as well.

Winners from several categories will be awarded with gift certificate prizes – the best 10 hands and the worst four hands; 10 random prize winners will be drawn and there also will be five “section” winners.

Forty Lake-area businesses, consisting primarily of restaurants, bars and marinas, make up the Harbor Hop stops. “Hoppers” arrive at the participating establishment of their choice to register and pick up their first card(s) for a $20 donation per hand before traveling, either by boat or by car, to their next locations. The remaining six cards per hand are obtained by “hopping” to six more checkpoints, drawing one card, per hand, at each location. The hand is complete when the seventh card is drawn. However, an optional eighth card can be drawn for an additional $5. The complete hand(s) will be turned in at the checkpoint where the seventh card is drawn.

Harbor Hop hours vary from location to location, with venues opening between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. and closing from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The complete rules for the 2024 Harbor Hop are available at www.funlake.com/events/harbor-hop. Hoppers will also find a map of participating locations and the hours of operation for each establishment.

Your Lake of the Ozarks Adventure Awaits

Anyone traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks for the Harbor Hop can choose from a variety of accommodations that will fit every style and budget. There are full-service large-scale resorts and smaller family-owned and operated resorts as well as charming bed and breakfasts or comfortable cabins and cottages. There is no shortage of fully furnished vacation rental homes and condominiums to choose from. There also is a selection of familiar hotels and motels at the Lake. For those who prefer sleeping under the stars, there are spacious campgrounds and RV parks interspersed throughout the area.

For more fun vacation ideas, or to learn more about all the year around events, attractions, as well as lodging and dining options available at the nation’s “Best Recreational Lake” and “Best Lake for Water Sports,” call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) at 1-800-FUN-LAKE, or visit www.FunLake.com.


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