The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced navigational restrictions and information for the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Invitational Powerboat Race, known also as Lake Race.
The rules for the annual one-day event for high-speed boat races near Bagnell Dam are pretty much the same as previous years.
Scheduled for Saturday, June 2, racing will take place from approximately 10 a.m. to 5 p.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, according to a press release from the MSHP. The no wake, idle speed restriction will be enforced beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m., 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.
There will be an approximately 100-foot buffer zone maintained between the course perimeter buoy markers and the spectator boats.
Spectator boats will be allowed to anchor in locations which do not restrict the normal flow of traffic around the event. Generally, anchoring near the mouth of coves will be encouraged, if congestion does not hinder ingress/egress into the cove locations, the press release states.
Troopers, as well as event volunteers, will be located around the course to assist boaters in locating the designated areas for spectator anchoring. Spectators wishing to anchor should anticipate needing enough anchor line for water depth potentially greater than 100 feet.
Boaters are urged to use heightened caution while exiting the area following the event due to conditions caused by the heavy boat traffic.