Personal watercraft banned on Lake Austin this weekend

Lake Austin Pennybacker Bridge
By Talk 1370

AUSTIN ( -- Personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards, and other similar devices are banned on Lake Austin for the Memorial Day weekend, officials announced Thursday.

The annual ban goes into effect at sunset on Friday and runs through Tuesday morning, May 26, at sunrise.

Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards can still be used, along with watercraft designed for the conventional manner of sitting or standing in the vessel.

The annual ban, which only applies to Lake Austin, aims to ensure safety for the large number of people that typically use the lake and parks over the Memorial Day weekend.

Austin Police will be patrolling the lake and urging people to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. If you see reckless operation of boats or emergencies, call 911.