High Water Restrictions in Place on Lake Minnetonka

Updated: 05/14/2014 6:12 AM
Created: 05/13/2014 9:42 PM
By: Tim Sherno

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District has announced high water restrictions on the lake.

LMCD Executive Director Greg Nybeck says boaters need to watch their speed, "On a lake wide basis they need to stay away 600 feet from shore, unless they're going minimum wake speed."

Recent rains have pushed lake water up to near record levels, Nybeck says weather patterns raised the lake, they will also be the largest factor in lowering it.

"We need to get no more rain, we need warmer temperatures, we need to get some wind to get the evaporation going,"  Nybeck said.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District controls the water flow out of Lake Minnetonka into Minnehaha Creek. With the lake level at a near record of 930.25 feet, 300 cubic feet per second is being released into the creek, the maximum capacity.

In addition to the water released at the dam, any water above 903 feet flows over a nearby spillway. Telly Mamayek, Communications Director of the MCWD, says lake levels above the spillway is not a regular occurrence. "That doesn't happen very often. Sometimes when we get a lot of rain, we will see water going over the spillway, but it does not happen on a regular basis,” Mamayek said.

She ads that in the event of a major rainfall, the flow of the water over the dam would be reduced to help prevent flooding along the creek. Mamayek says the creek levels rise much more quickly than lake levels.

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