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Published August 19, 2020

Shootout navigational restrictions announced

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – The Missouri State Highway Patrol, Water Patrol Division, has set Navigational restrictions that will be in effect during the 2020 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 and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Due to the number of spectator vessels expected at the event, additional navigational restrictions will be put into place on Saturday, August 29, only.

An extended idle speed area will be in effect from 1 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.

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 Patrol will conduct enforcement operations throughout the restricted areas during the affected times.

A map of the area highlighting the designated no wake restricted areas has been posted to the Water Patrol Division page of the Patrol’s website Shootout 2020 Idle Speed map.pdf

“The Patrol’s marine enforcement troopers will be available to protect and assist the public throughout the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout event,” said Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “This is an extremely large marine event and permitting this type of an event on a public waterway requires additional restrictions. I appreciate the cooperation and patience of the boating public.”

The race event takes place on August 29 and 30, 2020, with a significantly larger crowd expected on the first day. Boaters are encouraged to observe social distancing guidelines during the Shootout event.

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