The Austin Police Department Lake Patrol Unit wants to remind everyone that the use and operation of personal watercraft, jet skis, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin is prohibited beginning at sunset on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and ending on Thursday, July 5, 2017 at sunrise. Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards may be used during this time.
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 holiday. 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.
City Ordinance: 8-5-81 WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN.
(A) A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:
(1) from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day;
(2) from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or
(3) from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
(B) A person operating a motorboat on Lake Austin shall stay on the right side of the lake, except when assisting a downed water skier.
(C) A person may not operate a watercraft on Lake Austin at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent under the existing circumstances.