Heat advisory brings more business to Lake of the Ozarks

5 months 3 days 4 hours ago Friday, June 15 2018 Jun 15, 2018 Friday, June 15, 2018 2:32:00 PM CDT June 15, 2018 in News
By: Sarah Hempelmann, KOMU 8 Reporter
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LAKE OF THE OZARKS - While many people cringed when the National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for this weekend, many businesses at the Lake of the Ozarks were happy.

Businesses at the lake see an increase in traffic during the warmer periods.

"The heat impacts the Lake of the Ozarks tremendously," Membership Director for the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Danyell Borrett said. "As temperatures rise, so does the population of the lake."

"Our chamber has received numerous calls on where to stay and where to play when they're here at the lake," she said.

One way for people to cool off is to take a boat ride out on the water.

Derek Vankluyve, sales consultant for Iguana Boat Sales, said this weekend's heat will do a lot for them.

"We're looking 95 plus and sunny all weekend," Vankluyve said. "Usually that means a huge, huge weekend here at Lake of the Ozarks. So, we're really excited for the amount of turnout we're going to have come in this weekend."

Vankluyve also said his staff advises customers to come well-prepared when temperatures are expected to be so high.

"Don't pack the cooler just with beer," he said.

Vankluyve said staying hydrated is very important.

"We do recommend every time you go out with a boat, bring water with you," he said. "Because you get hot out there and you know, one time or another you have someone who is too young and needs some water."

For those who don't want to be in the heat or on the water, Borrett said there are plenty of other activities.

"You can enjoy some family fun gaming at Miner Mike's," she said. "Or we also have our evening shows at Main Street Music Hall as well too. So, there's a variety of things to do on the water and off the water to stay cool."

For more information on things to do at the lake, visit the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce's website.

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