In an effort to maintain a safe boating environment and prevent unintentional property damage, the Missouri State Highway Patrol announced additional navigational restrictions for the 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout held in late August in Sunrise Beach, Mo.
Time will tell if the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout spectator fleet is going to be affected by this year’s extended idle-only zone that lasts for a few hours following Saturday’s top-speed event. Photo by JB Simpson/LakeExpo.com
The changes are an extension of a new no-wake zone that was put in place for the 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout that extended the idle-only zone until 5:30 p.m. from mile marker 31.5 to mile marker 24 following the top-speed event on Saturday—the busiest of the two days of competition in terms of the spectator fleet.
While some boaters were disappointed with the additional seven miles of no-wake zone last year, after gathering feedback following the 2017 Shootout, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division issued a press release stating that the duration and distance of the no-wake zone is being increased for the 2018 event, which takes place August 25 and 26 at Mile Marker 34 in front of Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill.
The new restricted zone for the Shootout includes an extended idle speed area that will be in effect from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and will include the main channel from the 36-mile mark to the 31.5-mile mark and downstream to approximately the 21-mile mark. The extended idle speed area is in addition to the no-wake restriction implemented for the event.
According to Ron Duggan, who owns Captain Ron’s and has overseen the event for almost 10 years, the water patrol is going to be reevaluating the changes following the 2018 event. Duggan also wanted to make it clear that the additional zone isn’t a complete no-wake zone but rather an “idle speed” area, which just means no plowing.
The team at LakeExpo.com, which focuses on Lake of the Ozarks news, has put together a detailed story on the No-Wake Zone changes as well as some ideas on what to do when the Shootout action is complete. Check out the story here.
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