Friday, January 27, 2017

Warm Winter Destinations For Water-Lovers

If the chill of winter has you imagining jet-setting somewhere warm, chances are, you're not alone. Though the Lake of the Ozarks is a premier location for summer fun, the winter can leave its residents and vacationers looking to escape the cold weather by heading south for some warm sunshine. BomBay Boat Rental Company is counting down the days until summer when the lake-loving fun can begin again, but until then, we've got some wonderfully warm water destinations for you to check out...reserve...or simply dream about.

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
Flight time: 9 hrs

Experience the utmost in Hawaiian luxury and stellar beaches at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. Nestled on the golden-sand crescent of Maui's southwest coast, this resort offers endless ways to make your dream vacation a reality. Engage the family in fun and culture, this water paradise boasts sand beaches, clear blue waters and impressive tropical gardens. From the sand and surf to the swimming and snorkeling, it's a water lover's paradise. 

JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida
Drive time: 20 hrs
Flight time: 2.5 hrs

Looking to escape to a world-class vacation water playground? Located on a private white sand beach along the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the JW marriott Marco Island Beach Resort provides everything water-loving travelers are looking for. From relaxation to family fun, you can soak up the sun and dive into the crystal clear waters lapping the white sand beaches.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, Mexico
Flight time: 1.5 hrs

The price of a family vacation at the beach doesn't have to break the bank. At Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, there's something for everyone. From kids' clubs to water sports in the pools or oceans, this resort offers a wide array of activities and accommodations. This tropical paradise is perfectly situated in the history-rich town of Tulum in the Riviera Maya. The sugar-white sand beach, coral reefs and under-the-sea life will satisfy anyone missing the warm waters of summer.   

If you'd rather experience water from the warmth of an indoor environment, we have a couple of suggestions - you'll have no problem satisfying your craving for warm water and ensure a great vacation as well!

Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Drive time: 9 hrs 
Flight time: 1 hr 

If you'd rather experience indoor water fun, check out the Blue Harbor Resort. Right on the shores of Lake Michigan, this indoor water park, Breaker Bay, is a great winter attraction. Kids will love the giant interactive water activities and the Riptide double surf simulator, where the daring can ride the waves indoors. Blue Harbor offers a wide variety of accommodations and packages perfect for your water-loving family.

Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois
Drive time: 7 hr
Flight time: Less that 1 hr

Shedd Aquarium is a top-notch underwater oasis where you can explore the world's oceans, rivers and reefs and view 32,000 amazing animals - right in the heart of Chicago. You can immerse yourself in Shedd's many exhibits, be prepared to be entertained while you learn about the world's sea-life. From entertaining videos and interactive displays to learning experiences, you won't be disappointed. While you can't stay overnight at the aquarium, Chicago is home to some of the country's best and most unique hotels & accommodations - finding lodging will be a breeze. 

While you're waiting for the weather in the Midwest to warm up, consider a trip to one of these amazing locations. Water-lovers won't be disappointed! BomBay Boat Rental Company is patiently awaiting spring when we will be re-opening for the 2017 season. Start planning your next excursion on the Lake of the Ozarks and don't forget - you'll find the best prices, best product and best service at BomBay Boat Rental Company!

Friday, January 20, 2017

7 Fun Facts About The Lake Of The Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is a spectacular place to live, vacation and play. A paradise for midwesterners, young and old. This premier lake resort destination offers world-class boating, golfing, shopping and more. With a wide variety of lodging, restaurants and recreational activities there is truly something for everyone. The Lake of the Ozarks history is rich and over the years a bustling community of locals and visitors has evolved. BomBay Boat Rental Company loves "The Lake" and we're here to share some fun facts about the body of water that provides endless fun to our guests! 

The Bagnell Dam
Over 20,000 men were employed to work 24 hours a day after construction of the dam began in 1929. It was completed 22 months later in 1931 and the total cost to build was approximately $30 million (nearly $360 million in today's money). The dam is 2,543 feel long and crosses the Osage River. 1.4 million gallons of water can be pumped through Bagnell Dam per second. 

The Water
The Lake of the Ozarks covers 58,000 acres and contains 624 billion gallons of fresh water. The body of water is approximately 92 miles long and is home to a plethora of plant and animal life. The original purpose of damming the water supply was to supply electricity to St. Louis; when all the Bagnell dam floodgates are open, people love to watch the impressive amount of water roar through. 

Roughly 3.5 million tourists visit Lake of the Ozarks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Lake attracts millions of tourists who enjoy the abundance of water activities here. One can browse lodging options from camping to rustic cottages to major resort facilities. The on-and-off-water dining selection is vast and ranges from casual coastal dining to gourmet eateries and more. Wineries, golf courses and shopping hubs add to the appeal but boating remains one of the most enjoyed recreations at the Lake. 

State Parks
At 17,741 acres, Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest park in Missouri. At the park you find public beaches, boat launches, campsites, hiking trails, horseback riding and much more. Ha Ha Tonka State Park is a must-see attraction at the Lake. This park contains more than 3,600 acres with 12 hiking trails, eight caves, picnic areas, playground, castle ruins rich in history, and more. 4.8 million gallons of water pump through the natural spring at Ha Ha Tonka each day. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Lake of the Ozarks state parks. 

Aquatic Trail
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources administered a 9 mile aquatic trail. Boaters will enjoy a two-hour excursion that runs from Public Beach No.1 to Grand Glaize Beach (located within the Lake of the Ozarks State Park). A map and more information is available at the park office. Once launched, participants on the trail will see everything from a logging chute, caves, and more natural beauty of the  Lake of the Ozarks. 

Healthy & Clean
The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the cleanest lakes in the Midwest. It is tested on a regular basis to ensure that its water quality is not only safe for the people using it, but also healthy and vibrant for the fish and plant life that live in the lake. 700+ volunteers take part in spring and fall shoreline clean up. 

Boating & Fishing 
The Lake of the Ozarks is a hotspot for water lovers, both local and out-of-towners, and offers relaxation for boaters and anglers. For homeowners with boats and visitors who choose to rent their watercraft, the towering bluffs and forested natural shorelines provide a beautiful backdrop for fun on the water. 

It's no surprise that the Lake of the Ozarks was named the "Best Recreational Lake" in 2015 by USA Today. The Lake of the Ozarks is an incredible place to live and vacation. At BomBay Boat Rental Company, our goal is to show our guests why The Lake of the Ozarks is the best destination for water activities. We rent the best boats at the Lake and we invite you to check them out - visit our website


Friday, January 13, 2017

BomBay Boat Rental Company Product Highlights

At BomBay Boat Rental Company, we know the importance of customer satisfaction, and we strive to live by our motto, "BETTER PRODUCT, BETTER PRICES, BETTER PEOPLE"! When it comes to watercraft rentals on the Lake of the Ozarks, we offer the very best in product and today we want to highlight the amazing fleet of ski boats, tritoons and PWCs. Renting a boat or waverunner is an exhilarating way to experience the Lake of the Ozarks. Learn more about what makes BomBay Boat Rental Company products and services stand out among the competition.  

Ski Boats!

Cobalt 220
This spacious ski boat offers the comfort and convenience of larger boats and can accommodate up to 12 passengers. The whole family will enjoy the patented swim step, making entering and exiting the water easy and comfortable. This athletic and roomy boat is perfect for tubing, skiing or wakeboarding behind. When it comes to entertainment, your party will appreciate the six speakers equipped with Bluetooth, iPod, USB and MP3 capabilities. The many upgraded specifications of the Cobalt 220 make it an excellent option for individuals or groups looking to enjoy speed, convenience and fun on the Lake of the Ozarks! 


Sylvan Mirage 8524 Cruise LZ 
Whether you're ready to put your party on a spacious boat with prized performance or simply looking to cruise the calm waters of the Lake of the Ozarks, this Tritoon will not disappoint. With four-sided wrap around seating, comfort is key. You will find the spacious deck allows plenty of room for entertaining, play, and relaxation. Pack the boat with coolers, water toys, fishing gear and more - there is room for it all. Sylvan is an industry leader in deck construction and innovative tube designs, you'll find this Tritoon rivals the best when it comes to ease of handling and speed. This exceptional option is great for boat lovers looking for high-performance and fuel efficiency - great for water activities and cruising!

PWC (Personal Water Craft)

Sea-Doo GTI 130
These recreational watercraft allow the rider to experience the Lake of the Ozarks up close and personally! They are lightweight, compact in design and make getting them in and out of the water a breeze. They are highly fuel efficient, making your day on the lake easy on the wallet. Whether it's your first time managing a PWC or you're a pro, you're sure to love the Sea-Doo GTI 130. The on-water break and reverse options make maneuvering around boats and docks a breeze. Experience the exceptional BomBay Boat Rental Company difference. 

We believe the Lake of the Ozarks is best enjoyed from the bow of a boat or the seat of your Sea-Doo, and renting from BomBay Boat Rental Company is an affordable option to do just that. Our team is dedicated to providing our customers the very best in boat rental options and are proud to offer the best in town. All of these boats are included in our rental memberships, visit our website: for more information. We are looking forward to the 2017 season and hope to see you at any of our three convenient locations come SUMMER! 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Events at the Lake of the Ozarks

BomBay Boat Rental Company enjoys the Lake of the Ozarks and we want to help YOU enjoy it, too! During the summer, the Lake is a hot spot for visitors and locals, but the fun doesn't stop with the change of seasons. There are plenty of fun things to do year round and we wanted to highlight a few of them here. From bird watching to plunging into the lake for a great cause, learn more about what the lake area has to offer, "off-season." When the weather warms up, we look forward to renting you the best watercraft at the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer! 

Lake of the Ozarks Eagle Days presented by Ameren

WhenSaturday, January 7th from 9 AM to 5:30 Pm and Sunday, January 8th from 10 AM to 4:30 PM
Bundle up the family and join in on some bird watching fun. Eagle Days is one of the most popular winter events at the Lake of the Ozarks and you won't want to miss the opportunity to view eagles and other birds of prey. You can get up close and personal with these majestic creatures as part of the World Bird Sanctuary and Dickerson Park Zoo Presentations, or view from afar. This event has been gaining momentum since the first program was held in 1999. Last year, over 3,700 people helped make the event one of the most successful Eagle Days in years past. Don't forget your binoculars and camera, and have fun! Highlights include:

  • Activities at School of the Osage Heritage Elementary and at the Osage River Access.
  • Live eagles from the World Bird Sanctuary with naturalists on hand to answer questions at Osage National Golf Resort.
  • Natural eagle viewing and photo opportunities at Willmore Lodge or from the decks of the Celebration Cruise II Yacht. 

Polar Plunge 2017

When: Saturday, February 25th at 2 PM

Calling all brave lake lovers! The Lake of the Ozarks State Park is host to a unique challenge known as the Polar Plunge. This is a great opportunity to support the area's Special Olympics athletes. Supporters from all over gather teams, dress up, donate and plunge into the frigid Lake of the Ozarks water in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO). An organization that hosts a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. You can register to plunge or sit back and enjoy the action, either way, check it out!

Lake Ozark St. Patrick's Day Parade 

When: Saturday, March 11th at 1 PM

Join in the St. Patrick's Day celebration and be transported to another time. This old fashioned parade with floats, marching bands and candies for all, is held on the Bagnell Dam Strip - a favorite event of locals and visitors! For the Irish or Irish at heart, you can enjoy several restaurant and bar specials along the Lake's famous, "Strip." You won't want to miss this fun and culture filled parade! 

The winter months bring fun and exciting events to the Lake of the Ozarks and we hope you're able to enjoy them to the fullest! BomBay Boat Rental Company looks forward to the spring and summer season when you can find us renting boats and waverunners on the Lake of the Ozarks again! We're excited for the 2017 rental season and we're counting down the days until we see YOU out on the water!