OSAGE BEACH, MO (KPLR) – The Missouri State Highway Patrol is making the entire Lake of the Ozarks a no wake zone. Governor Jay Nixon tweets that he expects the order to be lifted by Saturday, weather permitting.
WDAF-TV reports that the conversation was not started by drinking and boating accidents in the past. Instead, it is the high water levels at the lake are a cause for concern. The Highway Patrol says that for safety reasons, boaters should not create wakes at the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend due to the high water levels there. This is a temporary restriction due to water levels that have not been this high since the mid-1980’s.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the decision was made in an effort to reduce or prevent damage to docks, hoists, ramps, sea walls and other personal property.
The flood gates are open at the Bagnell dam. This is the first time in years this has happened. Ameren Engineer are trying to balance the waters between the lake and the Osage river. Lake visitors are being warned to turn off electricity to docks because of the risk. KSPR-TV reports that water is rushing out twice as fast as it was a day ago.