The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Water Division is letting Lake Area boaters know about the restrictions for the upcoming Lake Race.
According to the Patrol, powerboat testing will begin Saturday at 9AM and boating in the area will be restricted to no wake / idle speed from the Dam to the 4-mile marker of the main channel.
They say the no wake restrictions go into effect at 8AM and will remain 1 hour after the races are completed.
Boaters should expect the area to be congested and Troopers will be stationed around the area to help direct the traffic and assist spectators with any anchoring issues, should they arise.
The patrol says to anchor near the race course; you will need an anchor line that is at least 100 feet or longer for the depth of the area.
Captain Corey J. Schoeneberg, commanding officer of Troop F, would like to inform boaters of an offshore boat race event. The race will take place on June 4, 2022, near Bagnell Dam on Lake of the Ozarks. Powerboat testing will begin at 9 a.m. and the event will start at 11 a.m. Boating traffic will be restricted to no wake and idle speed from the dam to approximately the 4-mile marker of the main channel. The no wake, idle speed restriction will be enforced approximately one hour prior to the event start time and will continue to be enforced up to one hour after the last race.
Every attempt will be made to minimize inconvenience to boaters navigating near the race, but boaters should expect congestion in the area. Troopers, as well as event volunteers, will be located around the course and will assist boaters in locating the designated areas for spectator anchoring. Spectators wishing to anchor should anticipate needing enough anchor line for water depth in excess of 100 feet.
Captain Schoeneberg urges boaters to use heightened caution while exiting the area following the event due to conditions caused by the heavy boat traffic and to report ALL impaired operators to Troop F at 573-751-1000 or by dialing *55 on a cellular phone.
Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!!