Water Patrol opens inspection stations on Missouri lakes

Jim Cunningham
May 18, 2018 - 6:05 am

As boating season kicks off, Missouri's Water Patrol is opening 16 inspection stations on lakes around the state.

There's an old saying in boating... know before you go. That includes knowing the type of environment, conditions on the waterways and any equipment you may need before you leave the dock or boat ramp.

Captain Matt Walz, with the Missouri Water Patrol, says you also have to make sure you're licensed, the boat is inspected and all the proper safety equipment is on board.

"Your lifejackets, if you have fuel on board, you have to have a fire extinguisher, a sounding device, all that different equipment that's going to help you stay safe on the water," said Walz.

Here in the KC Metro, the water patrol will have open an inspection station at Camp Branch Marina at Smithville Lake from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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