All of Prior Lake Under 'No-Wake' Restrictions

Updated: 06/08/2014 10:00 PM
Created: 06/08/2014 12:35 PM
By: Megan Stewart

After a damp weekend, Prior Lake in the south metro has been placed under no-wake boating restrictions.

Officials announced the changes Sunday, saying the no wake conditions affect the entire lake. A city ordinance mandating the restriction went into effect after the lake exceeded a water level of 904 feet above sea level Saturday. The Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) is in charge of measuring the lake.

The Lake Minnetonka Water Conservation District imposed a no-wake restriction for the all of the Hennepin County lake for the first time ever last week. Lake Minnetonka is the biggest and often busiest lake in the Twin Cities metro.

The no wake rule means jet skiing and water skiing are definite no-no's until further notice.

The special restriction is meant to reduce shoreline erosion, which could result in property damage, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says.

The slow no-wake restriction will end when levels are below 904 feet for three consecutive days.

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.

A "no wake" order was also issued for the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls to Prescott on Tuesday. 

Stearns County issued a "no wake" advisory for all lakes.

Photo: Facebook/PLSLWD

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