According to a press release from the MSHP, preliminary statistics show troopers have issued 12 citations and 84 warnings to boaters on Lake of the Ozarks related to navigation lights between May 26 through June 12. These citations and warnings have ranged from navigation lights being burned out and displaying lights other than prescribed on a watercraft to simply not displaying navigation lights.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding boaters on Lake of the Ozarks to properly use navigation lights after a number of recent encounters with vessels that are failing to do so.

According to a press release from the MSHP, preliminary statistics show troopers have issued 12 citations and 84 warnings to boaters on Lake of the Ozarks related to navigation lights between May 26 through June 12. These citations and warnings have ranged from navigation lights being burned out and displaying lights other than prescribed on a watercraft to simply not displaying navigation lights.

The required navigation lights differ depending on the type and size of your vessel. State law requires boat operators to display the required navigation lights between sunset and sunrise. 

Generally speaking, vessels are required to display a red light on the port (left) side of the vessel and a green light on the starboard (right) side. The red and green lights should be visible from at least one mile away on a dark, clear night. Additionally, an all-around white light must be visible from at least two miles on a dark, clear night. 

Section 306.100 of Revised Missouri Statutes provides the complete description of vessel navigation lights based on the length of the vessel. Section 306.100 RSMo. can be read in its entirety here.