Boat size will be limited at Arcadia Lake

Published online: Jan 27, 2011 News Diana Baldwin -
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A new ordinance prohibiting most boats longer than 26 feet on Arcadia Lake will go into effect Feb. 23.

City council members approved the ordinance this week.

Police Capt. Tim Dorsey said the boat size limit was recommended for safety reasons.
City Attorney Steve Murdock said the size of Arcadia Lake prompted the move to amend the ordinance to include a boat size limit.

The change was recommended by the Edmond Fish and Game Commission before the 2010 lake season. The recommendation was to wait until the end of the boating season to amend the ordinance.

An exemption in the new law allows pontoon boats to be 28 feet long.

Edmond police Sgt. Rex Demoss said the exemption for pontoon boats is because they rarely have large motors and do not travel very fast.

Only 150 watercrafts are allowed on Arcadia Lake at any time. Officials said they did not know how many boats will be affected by the ordinance.

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