Personal watercraft banned on Lake Austin this weekend

May 25, 2017 - 4:32 pm

(Austin/KJCE) If your Memorial Day weekend plans include Lake Austin, leave your personal watercraft at home.

The use and operation of personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin is prohibited by city ordinance during the Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day holiday weekends. The ban will go into effect beginning at sunset on Friday and ending on Tuesday morning at sunrise.

Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can still 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 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.

The 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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