Prior Lake Could Discuss Tougher 'No Wake' Guidelines

Updated: 06/09/2014 6:02 AM
Created: 06/08/2014 9:45 PM
By: Jay Kolls

Prior Lake is now under "no wake" speed restrictions for boaters and now there's a push to strengthen "no wake" guidelines. 

When water levels reach 904 feet below sea level in Prior Lake, a "no wake" rule goes into effect immediately under a Prior Lake city ordinance. Now, there are Prior Lake shoreline homeowners who would like the city to make those guidelines even stronger.

Wes Mader has lived on Prior Lake for more than 20 years. He says he's had to replace three retaining walls due to erosion.

Mader says boating has changed dramatically over the years with bigger boats, and other watercraft that are built to create a larger wake. That's why he would like to see the city of Prior Lake reduce the "no wake" threshold below 904 feet below sea level.

Mader says without a change, the lake will eventually have too much pollution from the erosion and Prior Lake will lose its beauty. Mader says other shoreline homeowners have experienced erosion problems similar to his.

The mayor of Prior Lake tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS  the homeowners have some good points and he will probably discuss the issue, informally, with the city manager. However, there is nothing official, or concrete, to be discussed in a public forum right now.

Even if the city of Prior Lake would like to lower the "no wake" threshold, before it could be written into law, it would need approval from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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