The Shootout boat races are nearly upon us, and boaters are making plans to attend the largest annual event at Lake of the Ozarks. Those plans need to involve accounting for the Shootout's special no-wake zone, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the no-wake restrictions for this year's event.
The no-wake restriction includes the main channel from the 31.5 Mile Marker to the 36 Mile Marker, 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, an extended no-wake (idle-only) designation will be in place on Saturday, August 29, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. That extended no-wake zone 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 leaves the Shootout, heading in a downstream direction, so the Patrol explained the extended no-wake zone is meant to 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.
Here's a map of the Shootout No-Wake and Extended No-Wake Zones:
“The Patrol’s marine enforcement troopers will be available to protect and assist the public throughout the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout event,” said Col. Olson. “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.