Boat Traffic to increase this weekend at Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks will see heavy boat traffic this weekend for the offshore boat race The Lake Shootout. The race will take place between the 33 and 35 mile mark at the Lake, Saturday and Sunday. Powerboat racing will begin at 8:30 a.m. each morning. The Highway Patrol Marine Division reminds everyone that boating traffic in the area will be restricted to no wake and idle speed beginning at 8 a.m. each day from the 31.5-mile mark to the 36-mile mark on the Osage Arm. On Saturday, the no wake and idle speed restriction will be extended down to the 21.5-mile mark from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Sunday, the no wake and idle speed restriction will begin at 8 a.m. from approximately the 31.5-mile mark to the 36-mile mark and will remain in effect one hour past the last race of the day.

Boaters are reminded to expect congestion in the area and are urged to use extreme caution while exiting the area. Highway Patrol Troopers, as well as event staff, will be located around the course and will assist boaters in locating the designated areas for spectator anchoring. Those who wish to anchor their boat in spectator areas should expect water depth in excess of 100 feet and prepare accordingly.