The time period for an extended idle speed area around the boat races has been changed.
Navigational restrictions for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout are being adjusted again prior t to the late August boat races.
A press release issued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced changes for the time trial boat races at the 34 mile marker of the main channel August 25-26, 2018.
Revised navigational restrictions will be in effect during the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout regatta. The no wake restriction for the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout event 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. An extended idle speed area will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and will include the main channel from the 31.5-mile mark downstream to approximately the 21-mile mark.
Navigational restrictions announced earlier this year had previously placed the time of the extended idle speed area as noon to 8 p.m.
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, the press release stated.
“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 MSHP Colonel Sandra Karsten. “Our priorities must be public safety and protecting property when issuing a permit for an event of this magnitude.”
A significantly larger crowd is typically expected on the first day of competition, Saturday. The Patrol will conduct enforcement operations throughout the restricted areas during the affected times.