Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a couple days away on the 24th. Many people around the Lake of the Ozarks are getting the turkey ready and picking out their Black Friday wish list. Thanksgiving itself is filled with eating, football and parade watching, however, do you know how these traditions began? There are many interesting things about Thanksgiving, so Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar has gathered a few fun facts you can share around the table this Thursday.

Fun Facts About Thanksgiving

- The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621. There were 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians present and it lasted three days. It is said by many historians that there were only five women in attendance at the first Thanksgiving, as many of the women settlers didn't survive the first year in the U.S. 

- Thanksgiving didn't become a national holiday until 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, famous for writing "Mary Had a Little Lamb," convinced Present Lincoln to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for it to happen. 

- During the first Thanksgiving, they didn't serve turkey. Instead, they enjoyed deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. However, they most likely ate pumpkin, but not pumpkin pies like we enjoy. 

- The first Thanksgiving was eaten using spoons and knives, but no forks. They weren't invented until 10 years later and weren't a popular utensil until the 18th century.

- You can thank Thanksgiving for the invention of the TV dinner. In 1953, a Swanson employee overestimated the amount of turkeys that were going to be sold that year - by 26 tons! A salesman told them they should freeze and package it in aluminum trays with other sides like sweet potatoes. Thanks to that mistake we now have the TV dinner. 

- The first Thanksgiving was almost a fast instead of a feast. If it wasn't for the Wampanoag Indians joining the settlers, the celebration of the first harvest would have had no food.

- Each year, the U.S. president pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. It began in 1947 with President Truman.

- President Abe Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving to be the fourth Thursday in November. However, in 1939, President Roosevelt moved it up to the third Thursday in November. He hoped it would help the shopping season during the Depression era. It never caught on and it was changed back to the fourth Thursday in November two years later.

- The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is watched by over 20 million people and features large balloons, Broadway shows and marching bands. However, it had a humble beginning in 1924. It included 400 employees marching from Convent Ave to 145th street in New York City. Instead of large balloons, it featured only live animals from Central Park Zoo.

- The NFL has held the Thanksgiving Classic since 1920 and since then the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys have hosted games on Turkey Day. In 2006, a third game was added with different team hosting.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The team at Backwater Jack's wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving! If you are traveling, we hope you have fun and stay safe. If you are visiting the Lake of the Ozarks, we hope to see you soon! Lake of the Ozarks best waterfront bar and grill is still open SEVEN days a week, so stop by and join us for a bite to eat. 


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

5 Fun Activities You Can Enjoy This Autumn

Summer isn't the only time to visit the Lake of the Ozarks! Autumn is full of fun activities for you and your friends to enjoy. From fishing to spelunking, fall is one of the best times to come to the Lake. After a fun filled day of adventures, swing on by the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks. We are still open SEVEN days a week throughout the season and offering the best daily specials at the Lake of the Ozarks. Check out all the fun you can have this season at the Lake.

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1. Bass Fishing

Fishing is one of the most popular activities to do during the fall. In addition, the Lake of the Ozarks offers some of the best fishing in the midwest. The Lake is loaded with a variety of fish species including largemouth bass, spotted bass, black and white crappie, blue catfish, channel catfish, flathead catfish, white bass, hybrid stripers, paddlefish, walleye and bluegill. 

2. Holiday Shopping Excursions

Many people come to the Lake of the Ozarks solely to shop. From the outlet mall to small boutiques, the Lake has it all. With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to come down to shop. With over 50 stores within 50 miles, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list. However, shopping is one activity you can indulge in year-round at the Lake. So whether you are shopping for the holidays or for yourself, you'll find what you're looking for at the Lake.

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3. Spelunking in the Ozarks

A great way to enjoy the outdoors is to explore some caves. Missouri has 6,300 registered and mapped "wild" caves with Camden, Miller and Morgan counties having 300 of them. The Lake of the Ozarks is home to several show caves. Show caves have been "tamed" by installing paved walkways, bridges, handrails and lights so that we can enjoy the underground beauty safely. Caves are great to enjoy all year long, as they stay around 50 - 60 degrees. 


4. Enjoy The Outdoors

Another great way to get outside is to enjoy the beautiful state parks. The Lake has been blessed with a beautiful weather this fall, so let's get out and enjoy it while it lasts! The Lake of the Ozarks has two state parks, one of them being the largest in the state of Missouri. From hiking and biking to swimming and kayaking, these parks offer fun activities all year long. 

5. Eat Delicious Food!

Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar and grill is still open SEVEN days a week throughout the season. We're still offering our great daily specials like Crabby Ol' Mondays, Tequila Tuesday and Wine Wednesday. 

Gotta Get Back To Backwater Jack's!

While you're out and about enjoying all the fun activities that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer, make sure you leave yourself time for a delicious meal at the best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks. At Backwater Jack's we serve up traditional Midwest favorites with a Caribbean twist. From Grouper fingers to Jumbalya, there is something for everyone!


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Friday, November 11, 2016

Fun Facts About Your Favorite Lake!

The Lake of the Ozarks is one of the more popular places to visit in the Midwest during the summer month. However, it is also a great place to visit in the autumn, as there is so much more to the area other than the Lake. There are also a lot of interesting facts about this popular destination spot. Here are some things that you may not have known about your favorite place to vacation, brought to you by Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront bar and grill.


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Interesting Facts About Lake of the Ozarks

- The Lake of the Ozarks is 92 miles long end to end.

- With 1,150 miles of shoreline, the Lake of the Ozarks is longer than California's coastline. 

- It cost approximately $30 million to build Bagnell Dam, which would be nearly $360 million in today's money. 

- Lake of the Ozarks cover 61,000 acres and contains 617 billion gallons of fresh water. To put that in perspective, that is how much the city of St. Louis uses over a decade. 

- The Lake of the Ozarks welcomes around 3.5 million tourists between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

- The Lake of the Ozarks State Park is the largest park in Missouri. It covers 17,741 acres of land. 

- The Lake was the largest man-made lake in the United Staes, when it was completed in 1931 by the Union Electric Co. of St. Louis. 


- The Lake of the Ozarks is also known as the "Magic Dragon" because of its unique shape. 

- The town of Linn Creek is in its second location. The original town was in a part of Osage River valley that was buried under water when Lake of the Ozarks was created. 

- Nicholas Cage's Porsche was found in the lake. His car had been stolen while being transported across the country. In 2002, divers discovered it submerged in the lake. 

- Freshwater jellyfish can be found in the lake, however, the conditions have to be right for them to appear. 

Visit Backwater Jack's!

The next time you come down to the Lake of the Ozarks, make sure you stop by Backwater Jack's. With the best frozen drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks and live music six nights a week in the summer, it's the perfect place for lunch, dinner or drinks with friends. In addition to our drinks and live music, Backwater Jack's also offer great daily specials like Crabby Ol' Mondays and Friday Steak Night. You gotta get back to Backwater Jack's! 


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Weekends at Backwater Jack's

The best waterfront bar and grill at the Lake of the Ozarks is still open seven days a week! Now that autumn is in full swing, Backwater Jack's is going all out during the weekends. From live music to fun games, there's no better place to spend your weekend. Whether you are looking for a fun night out or the best place to watch the game at the Lake of the Ozarks, Backwater Jack's is the place to be. Check out all that we are offering this autumn during the weekends.


Friday Steak Night

Every Friday night from 4:00 pm to close, Backwater Jack's is offering a delicious steak meal for you to enjoy. The meal includes a 7 oz filet mignon complete with your favorite side dish for just $13.99. In addition, there will also be deals on glasses of wine, so you can pair your favorite vino with our premium cut of steak! Live music is the best part of coming to your Lake of the Ozarks' favorite waterfront bar and grill. During our Friday Steak Night, you can enjoy some of the best live music at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you are looking for a fun date night location or relax after a long week of work, stop by Backwater Jack's Friday nights! 

Tailgating Party

If you love football, yard games and draft beer specials, you need to visit Backwater Jack's Saturday and Sundays this fall. Your favorite Lake of the Ozarks waterfront bar has added a fire pit and three giant outdoor TVs! So beginning at noon, you can watch your favorite college or NFL teams on one of our giant outdoor TVs. We will have draft beer specials and brats and hot dogs cooking on the outdoor grill. The weather has been beautiful this fall, so let's get outside and enjoy it while we can! However, we have plenty of TVs inside, so if the weather doesn't cooperate, we can bring the party inside.

But wait, there's more!

The fun doesn't stop when the game ends! We have classic tailgating games like washers and cornhole to keep the party going all night long. With the best drinks at the Lake of the Ozarks and delicious appetizers, there is no better place to watch the game than Backwater Jack's! It's going to be a beautiful fall weekend, so let's enjoy the weather while we can and play some fun tailgating games. 

Weekends at Backwater Jack's

From delicious steaks to fun, tailgating games, there is no better way to spend your weekends than with Backwater Jack's. We will be offering our Friday Steak Night special throughout the winter. We will also be cheering on our favorite teams every Saturday and Sunday and enjoying fun tailgating games like washers and cornhole. No matter who you are cheering for, everyone is welcome at Backwater Jack's tailgating events! We hope to see you soon! 


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