Due to the number of spectator vessels expected at the event, additional navigational restrictions will be put into place on Saturday, August 25, only, the press release stated.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced navigational restrictions for the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in August.
MSHP General Headquarters issued a press release on Monday about these safety plans for the boating event that draws thousands to the 34-mile marker area of the main channel of the Lake. The event requires a regatta permit from the MSHP.
The no wake restriction for the Shootout includes the main channel from the 31.5-mile mark to the 36-mile mark. Due to the number of spectator vessels expected at the event, additional navigational restrictions will be put into place on Saturday, August 25, only, the press release stated. An extended idle speed area will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will include the main channel from the 31.5-mile mark downstream to approximately the 21-mile mark. The extended idle speed area is in addition to the no wake restriction implemented for the event itself. The majority of the boating traffic exits the event in a downstream direction. Thus, the extended navigational restrictions will assist in maintaining a safe boating environment and preventing property damage.
“In order for an event the size of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout to occur, it is necessary to place restrictions on area boating traffic,” said Colonel Karsten. “Our priorities must be public safety and protecting property when issuing a permit for an event of this magnitude.”
The race event takes place on August 25 and 26, 2018, with a significantly larger crowd expected on the first day. The Patrol will conduct enforcement operations throughout the restricted areas during the affected times.
The Shootout had similar restrictions in place last year, but issues with boat wakes created by spectators leaving the event at the end of the no-wake period prompted the MSHP to extend the no-wake period later in the day on Saturday. It should be noted that by state law there is a night-time speed limit on the Lake of 30 mph.