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Question
·  What about jet skiing -- what are the rules?
·  How old must a boat operator be?
·  When do you use a Red or Orange flag?
·  What are the boating rules and regulations?
·  Does Lake Viking offer boat rentals?
·  What is the maximum size boat motor that is allowed on the lake?
·  Can guests of lakefront property owners bring their own boat to use on the lake?
·  Can I mail a copy of our current boat registration to security & have them sticker the boat while it is on the lot?
·  I live in Independence, Mo. Can I pay to put mt boat on Lake Viking for a day of fishing?
·  Can I use a 2-man fishing boat with a trolling motor on the lake?
·  We are considering purchasing a lot at Lake Viking. Is there a marina where we can rent a seasonal slip at Lake Viking?
·  My family has a lot a Lake Viking and I'd like to bring my kayak to our annual gathering there. Are kayaks allowed on the lake and if so what are the regulations?Thanks,Lisa

Answer
·  What about jet skiing -- what are the rules?

Jet ski violators will receive an automatic infraction ticket for any jet ski violation at Lake Viking; no warnings will be issued. This step has become necessary due to numerous complaints made by our members, and to aid in preventing a serious accident. Please note these common jet ski violations:

  • You cannot operate a jet ski or watercraft if under 14 years of age, unless such person is under the direct (on board) visual and audible supervision of a parent, guardian or other person 16 years of age or older.
  • You cannot ride a jet ski without a life preserver.
  • You cannot go closer than 50’ from docks and swimming areas.
  • You cannot operate a jet ski in the swimming areas.
  • You cannot go clockwise on the lake.
  • You cannot ride a jet ski in a careless and imprudent manner. "Careless and imprudent manner" will be at the discretion of the Lake Viking Patrol.
  • You cannot: ski behind a jet ski unless you have an observer or ski mirror on the jet ski.
  • You cannot: make wake behind the buoys.
  • You cannot: use the buoys in the lake as a slalom course.
  • You cannot: ride a jet ski after sundown unless the jet ski is equipped with lights.

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·  How old must a boat operator be?

The minimum age to operate any motorboat or personal watercraft is 14 years old. Parents and guardians are responsible for operators and their actions. Operators may be requested to produce proof of age to the Lake Patrol. Violation of this rule is subject to issuance of an Infraction Ticket.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to be informed of all safety rules and regulations, and to educate your guests.

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·  When do you use a Red or Orange flag?

The Board of Directors recommends that all members abide by the Missouri regulation which states "whenever a person leaves a boat and enters the water, and the engine of the boat is running, a red or orange flag measuring 12" square be displayed on the boat so that it is visible in all directions. When the boat and the person both start in motion, the flag is not to be in sight." This regulation is effective from 11:00 a.m. to sunset.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to be informed of all safety rules and regulations, and to educate your guests.

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·  What are the boating rules and regulations?

For your protection and safety, we have a patrol boat on the lake during the summer boating season. The patrolman will check all registrations to make sure that no unauthorized persons are using your lake; therefore, boat registrations or proof of ownership must be shown before boat is allowed on the water. Guest boats are not allowed.

FLYING TUBES BANNED: Any towable object that is designed to fly seperated from the vessel body by string or line is banned.

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH MISSOURI BOATING REQUIREMENTS. All boats and operators must comply with Missouri State Water Patrol guidelines, requirements and regulations. Exception: Lake Viking only requires a 75 foot distance be kept from the shoreline while underway.

FAILURE TO PROMINENTLY DISPLAY MEMBER IDENTIFICATION ON BOAT. All boats (other than air inflated non-motorized flotation devices) must have owner’s lot number displayed in at least three (3) inch numbers on both sides of the boat near the stern. The numbers and membership sticker of current year must be displayed in a color and manner which is prominent and readily visible. Due to vessel restrictions, Personal Watercraft may have the owner's lot number displayed in the same manner as described above, however towards the front of the vessel along with the current membership sticker.

USE OF UNAUTHORIZED OR UNAPPROVED BOAT. Members only will be allowed to have up to three (3) gasoline-powered boats on the lake. Guest boats are not allowed. Boats must display current year validation sticker on both sides near the lot number.

UNAUTHORIZED USE OF SPECIAL PERMIT BOAT. Additional boats may be approved under a special permit classification. Special permit boats include ski-jets, water bikes, sail surf boards and others with similar design and purpose. These units must have lot numbers and membership stickers displayed where visible. All such vehicles shall follow boating rules.

FAILURE TO DISPLAY APPROVED LIGHTING. All boats operating between sunset and dawn must display state-approved navigational lighting when underway. All stationary boats not moored to dock or shore shall display a white or yellow light which is readily visible from 360 degrees. Boats powered by electric trolling motor or hand and operating within fifty (50) feet of shore are required to display approved lights when another vessel approaches within the immediate vicinity.

FAILURE TO YIELD TO OR MAINTAIN DISTANCE FROM NON-POWERED CRAFT. All mechanically powered boats shall maintain a distance of fifty (50) feet from and yield right-of-way to non-powered or stationary craft.

SPEED CREATING EXCESSIVE WAKE. Trolling speed will be used when approaching within seventy five (75) feet of boat docks, marina, coves marked with buoys, or other areas marked with permanent or temporary buoys so that no wake will be created.

WATERCRAFT ENTERING RESTRICTED AREA. During specially approved events, watercraft may be restricted from entering specific areas on the lake as designated by the Board of Directors or the Security and Lake Patrol. Entry into these areas after notice is prohibited.

HOLDING RACE OR REGATTA WITHOUT PERMIT. No race or regatta may be held on Lake Viking without first obtaining written permit and authorization of Lake Viking or its assigns.
OPERATING BOAT IN RESTRICTED AREA. Boats and attachments under way must stay clear of swimming beaches and must keep at least fifty (50) feet from shore docks, and other areas marked by buoys.

UNAPPROVED BOAT OR USE OF BOAT. No boat with a sink, toilet or sanitary system capable of discharging waste into Lake Viking will be permitted. Under no conditions will any boat be used as a dwelling.

MOVEMENT CONFLICTING WITH NORMAL TRAFFIC. Counterclockwise flow of traffic shall be maintained by all power boats.
EXCEED MAXIMUM SOUND LEVEL. The operation of any watercraft which emits sound at a level exceeding eighty-six (86) decibels on an aweighted scale when measured from a distance of fifty or more feet is prohibited.

OPERATE OPEN ENGINE OR UNMUFFLED BOAT. High-powered racing boats described as flat-bottomed, open engine unmuffled or similar type crafts are prohibited from operating at Lake Viking.

EXCEED NIGHT SPEED LIMIT. Any watercraft operating between sunset and dawn must reduce speed to trolling speed.

FAILURE TO CARRY OBSERVER OR SKI MIRROR. Water skiing boats must carry an observer other than the operator or have properly mounted and approved ski mirror.

VIOLATE SKIING TIME RESTRICTIONS. Water skiing in coves is permitted only from 9 a.m. until sunset. Water skiing in main channel is permitted only from sunrise to sunset. No skiing after sunset or after patrol warning by siren or red light. Both boat operator and skier may be cited for infraction.

SKIING WITHOUT PRESERVER. Water skiers, tubers, surfers, etc., must wear an approved life preserver. An infraction ticket in the amount of $150.00 will automatically be issued to the property owners for violation of failure to wear an approved life preserver. This rule apllies to all family members and guest of property owners.

SKIER FAILING TO MARK POSITION. All skiers must hold up a ski or other highly visible device to mark position and warn other boaters of downed skier.

FAILURE TO YIELD TO CRAFT TOWING SKIER. All powered boats must yield right-of-way to and maintain a distance of one hundred (100) feet from boats, attachments, and skiers.
OPERATE WATERCRAFT UNDER INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS. The operation of a watercraft while under the influence of intoxicants including alcohol, narcotics, drugs, etc., is prohibited.

CARELESS AND IMPRUDENT OPERATION OF WATERCRAFT. Any careless, unsafe, reckless, or negligent operation of any watercraft which creates or increases the risk of bodily injury or property damage is prohibited.

OVERLOADING WATERCRAFT. Watercraft shall not have on board more than the maximum allowed weight including passengers and gear. The capacity plate limits are not to be exceeded. Sail surf boards shall not have more than two persons.

UNDERAGE OPERATOR OF POWERED WATERCRAFT. The minimum age to operate any mortorboat or personal watercraft is fourteen (14) years old. Parents and guardians are responsible for operators and their actions. Operators may be requested to produce proof of age to the Lake Patrol. Any operator under the age of sixteen (16) must be certified by understanding the rules and regulations of the lake be counseled and certified by the water patrol officer.

LIFE PRESERVES ON CHILDREN. Any child, eight (8) years or younger, shall wear a life preserver at any time such child shall be near, at or in the waters of Lake Viking. Any child under the age of ten (10) shall be required to wear a life preserver while on watercraft. Such life preserver shall be, at least, Type I, II or III U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device which suitably fits the child.

FAILURE TO SUPPLY LIFE PRESERVER. All watercraft must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life preserver readily accessible for each person on board. The operator of the craft is responsible for providing the preservers and displaying the preservers upon the request of the Security or Lake Patrol.

RIDING ON BOW, GUNWALE OR PONTOON. The operator of a motorboat shall not ride or sit, or allow any passengers to ride or sit on either the starboard or port gunwales, on the decking over the bow of any vessel or pontoon.

USE OF COMMUNITY DOCKS AND AREAS. Community docks and community areas must be available for all users. Boats may not be left parked on a community area overnight. Boats may not be docked at a community area overnight, unless in immediate use. When using a deck overnight, the owner must notify the Association office or the patrol.

JET-SKI AND EXCEED NIGHT SPEED LIMIT VIOLATIONS. Any Jet-Ski violations or exceed night speed limit will automatically be issued an Infraction Ticket.

HIGH WATER WARNING LIGHT SYSTEM. Three red flashing lights have been installed to signal boaters the lake has been shut down to night speed limit and/or for reasons such as high water conditions. They are located on top of the Yacht Club at the south end, Beach #1 and Beach #2. Violators may be subject to an Infraction Ticket.

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·  Does Lake Viking offer boat rentals?

Boat rental is not available at Lake Viking.  All boats must be titled in the property owner's name, and verified with Security prior to using on our lake.

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·  What is the maximum size boat motor that is allowed on the lake?

Currently, we do not have a horse power limit.  We do have a maximum boat and pontoon length of 24 feet.

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·  Can guests of lakefront property owners bring their own boat to use on the lake?

Guest boats are not allowed. Only boats titled in the property owner's name and verified by Security, are allowed at Lake Viking.

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·  Can I mail a copy of our current boat registration to security & have them sticker the boat while it is on the lot?

You can fax or mail a copy of your title or registration. We'll give Lake Security a list of members that have paid so that they can sticker boats and campers.

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·  I live in Independence, Mo. Can I pay to put mt boat on Lake Viking for a day of fishing?

No. You have to own property here and be a member in good standing to put a boat on Lake Viking.

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·  Can I use a 2-man fishing boat with a trolling motor on the lake?

If you are a property owner, yes. We would like for you to put your lot # on it, but it does not count toward the 3 watercraft that each lot owner is allowed.

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·  We are considering purchasing a lot at Lake Viking. Is there a marina where we can rent a seasonal slip at Lake Viking?

The Lake Viking Marina rents slips you will have to call them to see if they have any available @ 660-663-3722.

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·  My family has a lot a Lake Viking and I'd like to bring my kayak to our annual gathering there. Are kayaks allowed on the lake and if so what are the regulations?Thanks,Lisa

Yes kayaks are allowed. No special rules for non-motorized boats are in the handbook (other than motorized boats need to stay 50 feet away from non-motorized). You do however need to follow the normal rules for boating.

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