Lake Report

June 28, 2017
Ofc Ray Jagger
Lake Report

Next week is the Fourth of July, and a lot of people are setting off fireworks. It’s important to remember that they are not allowed at either of the lakes. It is more important to get out and have some fun…just be safe so no one gets hurt!

The weather was pretty chilly this last weekend but the water was fine and a lot of young people were still out using the beach and practicing their kayaking and canoeing skills at Forrest Lake. The Kirksville Parks and Recreation Crew have been working on the swim docks, replacing some of the boards and putting on some new anchors.

I have had several people that were confused about using the skier-down or orange flags required for towing people behind the boat. You should not have it displayed if you are under way. Their purpose, is to let other boats know that they need to stay back 50 yards because there is someone in the water that they may not see; so they should only be used when you are loading or someone has fallen off the tube.

Any boat that is closer than the 50 yards should be operated at idle or no wake speed. It is also against both state law and city ordinance to tow skiers after the sun goes down.

If you have a boat with a motor, please be sure that your fire extinguisher is both charged and that the powder is not caked in the bottom of the extinguisher so that it won’t come out. It is also important to be very careful when you are fueling your boat and be sure that your battery is tied down so it cannot jostle around and create a spark that ignites the fumes from your gas tank. Fuel tank fires still happen, and the whole swimming to shore while all your stuff burns up, is not going to be a positive experience.

If you see someone breaking the law at any of the city’s three impoundments, I would encourage you call 911 if it is true emergency or Dispatch at (660) 665-5621, so they can send an officer and hopefully prevent someone from getting hurt.

Summer is a wasting so …It’s time to get on the water and have some fun!

Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email


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