Personal watercraft banned on Lake Austin for July 4

June 28, 2017 - 7:05 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) - Austin Police want to remind you that personal watercraft are banned from Lake Austin for the July 4 holiday.

The ban goes into effect at sunset on Monday, July 3, and runs until sunrise on Wednesday, July 5. The ban covers the use and operation of personal watercraft, jet skis, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices; non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards may be used.

Police say the annual ban of personal watercraft is necessary to ensure the safety of the large number of people that make use of the lake and parks over the July 4th Holiday Weekend. This ban only applies to Lake Austin.

Police will be patrolling Lake Austin this weekend and urge people using waterways to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. Police urge all boaters to practice safe boating and to call 9-1-1 for all reckless operation of boats or emergencies.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department want the public to enjoy the parks and lakes but urge people to make this a safe holiday. For more information, contact the APD Lake Patrol Unit at 512-329-8841.


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