The Importance of Watching Your Wake on Lake Granbury

The Importance of Watching Your Wake on Lake GranburyLake Granbury is always a hub of buzzing activities around the holidays and with the Fourth of July upon us, it is good to be mindful of staying safe out on the lake especially if you are planning to take your boat out. One of the biggest things to be mindful of is the wake you create on the water from your boat.

There are many water sports that are popular on Lake Granbury especially wakeboarding and wake surfing. These two sports are increasing in popularity day by day throughout Lake Granbury and the Brazos River area. But it is good to note that as a boat operator in the state of Texas, you are responsible for the wake created by your watercraft until the water becomes smooth again.

The Texas Water Safety Act

In the Texas Water Safety Act wakes are addressed. It is not only boat operators that need to be responsible for their wake but also operators of any watercraft that create a wake. Whether you are operating a JetSki or a small yacht you will need to make sure you know what is happening with the wake created until it is dissipated. Some watercraft are specifically designed to create large waves behind them with a built-in system known as a bladder. They maximize the wake created by building extra weight.

A watercraft operator needs to be aware that they are responsible for the wake that their watercraft creates no matter what position they are in in the reservoir. They also need to be aware that on Lake Granbury there are areas where no wake is permitted.

No Wake Areas on Lake Granbury

The Brazos River Authority has no wake buoys that are strategically located across Lake Granbury to let watercraft operators know where they are prohibited from creating a wake in the water. They are easy to spot with the bright orange coloring and the words no wake. The buoys are a tall slender white shape with black capital letters that say slow no wake. The word no is in the center of an orange circle to help grab the attention of watercraft operators.

A no-wake zone means a watercraft operator must go at a very slow speed so that their watercraft does not create any wake or swell in the water. These zones include areas that are within 100 feet of the shoreline, a boat house, a dock, or a shoreline facility. This includes areas where people are swimming or diving in the Brazos River area. These no-wake areas are meant to keep Lake Granbury safe for both non-boating and boating people using the lake. Some no-wake zones are set up specifically to keep watercraft operators safe such as in narrow and shallow waters or waters with obstruction to viewpoints. You may also find a no-wake zone in a typically congested watercraft area to keep watercraft operators safe around each other in close quarters.

BRA Lake Patrols

There are lake rangers who work for the Brazos River Authority who routinely patrol the bodies of water in the area to check not only that the buoys are in place and in good shape but also that watercraft operators are adhering to the requirements of safe operation. If a watercraft operator is found in violation of a no-wake zone it is a class C ticket which can cost $500.

Water safety in all forms is highly important to the Brazos River Authority and to keeping everybody who visits Lake Granberry as safe as possible. We want everyone to enjoy their time on the lake, especially around the holidays. Knowing about boating and water safety is key to enjoying the gorgeous lake that brings so many people to the town.

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