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Labor Day watercraft ban in effect on Lake Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lake Austin now has a personal boating ban in place over Labor Day weekend.

The ban came into effect at sunset on Friday. It will rise at sunrise on Tuesday.

The ban applies to personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar equipment. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are not affected.

The ordinance states that people jet skiing on Lake Austin must stay on the right side of the lake except when assisting a fallen water skier.

The Austin Police Department’s Lake District Patrol will enforce the order. If the vessel operator sees a spinning or flashing blue beacon, they should immediately reduce power, set the vessel to a no-wake speed, and shut down the water safety craft.

The city’s annual ordinance to enhance public safety will also go into effect around Memorial Day and the July 4 holiday.

Lake Travis is not affected by the boat ban. Lake Austin stretches from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam.

Boaters should call 911 in an emergency or report careless boating.

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