Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, has announced navigational restrictions for The Lake of the Ozarks Invitational Powerboat Race.

This race is an annual one-day event involving high-speed boat races near Bagnell Dam on Lake of the Ozarks.

The race is scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2018. The event 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 four-mile marker of the main channel. 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 approximately a 100’ 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. 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.

Captain Turner urges boaters to use heightened caution while exiting the area following the event due to conditions caused by the heavy boat traffic.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!! Follow Troop F on Twitter for the most current news @MSHPTrooperF .

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