Rain Leads to Boating Restrictions on St. Croix River

Updated: 06/03/2014 2:52 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 1:26 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The recent rain has led to boating restrictions on the St. Croix River.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed a slow no-wake restriction on the river. The DNR says water levels have risen after the storms over the weekend and Monday morning.

Boaters on the St. Croix from Taylors Falls to Prescott must follow the restriction when water levels are at 683 feet above sea level or higher.

The special restriction is meant to reduce shoreline erosion, which could result in property damage, the DNR says.

The slow no-wake restriction will end when levels are below 683 feet. The DNR's website will keep boaters up-to-date on the levels.

Boat and water safety officials at the DNR also point out high water often contains debris floating just below the surface that can present significant hazards. Boaters should slow down and use extra caution in such conditions.

Photo: KSTP/File

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