The new course for the Lake Race has been approved for the upcoming 2019 event by the Missouri Highway Patrol's Water Patrol Division.
The new course for the Lake Race has been approved for the upcoming 2019 event by the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division.
The race scheduled for June 1 is sanctioned by the Offshore Powerboat Association.
In previous years, the event was held between Bagnell Dam and the four-mile mark of the main channel. This year's event proposed location is between the five- and nine-mile mark of the main channel. at Camden on the Lake. A similar event has taken place between the five- and nine-mile mark on three previous occasions between 2007 to 2009.
Captain Matt Walz said there were no navigational issues or safety concerns which would prevent the state from approving the application for the permit to hold the race.
"A similar race event was safely held at the same location in the past, on multiple occasions, so that was a consideration, also,” he said.
The idle speed restricted area will begin at the 5-mile mark and extend to the 9-mile mark from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p,m, on race day. It will also extend into the Gravois Arm to the 1/2- mile mark which intersects at the 6-mile mark of the main channel.
Lake Race draws thousands of spectators for the only OPA sanctioned race on Lake of the Ozarks.
Members of the public who would like to provide input on the modified location of the event may contact the Water Patrol Division. Correspondence may be directed to the division's email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the division's main phone number at 573-751-5071.