The 28th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is Coming This August

It's nearly time again for one of the most popular annual events in the area. The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and all of the events surrounding it will be taking place August 14-28, 2016. Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park gathered a little bit of history and information right here for you.

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Shootout History

1988 was the first year for the Lake Rescue Shootout. The Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Lake Ozark fire departments were a part of this boat race that let local boaters find out who was the fastest. It grew little by little each year, and in 1995 the name was changed to Caleco's Shooter's 21 Benefit Shootout. 

A year later in 1996, the Gravois & Mid-County Fire Districts joined the Shootout. The name went through another change in 1997 to the Lake Rescue Shoootout with 80 boats competing for the title of the fastest boat at the lake. 

This event's 20th anniversary was celebrated in 2008 at its new location, Captain Ron's Bar & Grill. The original location, Shooters 21, was demolished the day after the previous year's Shootout, staying open just long enough to host one more annual boat race. 

In 2010, since the interest in this event increased more and more each year and the amount of money raised kept growing, the Shootout was enlarged to include an entire week's worth of activities. Some of these were a Meet & Greet with the drivers, a treasure hunt, mini- Shootout, fireworks, and concerts.

Today, the Shootout is the largest unsanctioned boat race in the Midwest with over 100 racers and 100,000 spectators! Enough funds are raised every year to benefit not only the 8 lake area rescue teams, but many other local charitable organizations too. Last year's final total topped $175,000! There are tons of events happening all week long that are fun for the entire family. 

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Shootout Schedule

Sunday, August 14
- 8th Annual LOMDA & Old Kinderhook Shootout Benefit Golf Tournament

Friday, August 15
- 3rd Annual Border Xpressions Shootout Li'l Boat & Pontoon Poker Run 
- Awards party at Topsider

Friday-Sunday, August 19-21
- 7th Annual Mini-Shootout at the springs at Ha Ha Tonka 

Monday, August 22
- Great Shootout Treasure Hunt at Captain Ron's

Tuesday, August 23
- Shootout Volleyball Tournament at Captain Ron's
- Shootout Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction at the Stables at Cannon Smoked Saloon

Wednesday, August 24
- Shootout Meet & Greet on the Bagnell Dam Strip

Thursday, August 25
- Make-A-Wish Powerboat Rides at Captain Ron's
- Shootout Auction & Poker Run Registration

Friday, August 26
- Poly Lift Poker Run
- Vendor Village open at Captain Ron's

Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28
**Shootout Races**

The most exciting way to watch the races is to take your boat out to the course and see all of the action live. If you don't have a boat, you can catch a shuttle to the Celebration Cruise Boat and watch from there, but make your reservations early because this will book up fast. Various local radio and television stations will broadcast a play-by-play, and you can watch it live online and get times and details for every event at

If you need a break from all of the Shootout excitement, our scenic Lake of the Ozarks attraction will be open every day to entertain you. Whether you choose to join the crowds at the boat races or spend the afternoon at Bridal Cave & Thunder Mountain Park, your weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks will be an eventful and memorable one. 

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