St. Croix River Still Under No-Wake Restrictions, Affecting Businesses

Updated: 06/17/2014 3:15 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 12:29 PM
By: Kate Renner

With all the rain this summer, Minnesotans have needed to change their boating and fishing plans with many "no wake" restrictions in place, and it's impacting local businesses also.

The St. Croix River needs to get below 683 feet, and as of Tuesday morning, the DNR observed it at a quarter of a foot higher than that. It's close, but the rain in the forecast isn't providing boaters with any hope.

At Sunnyside Port, the manager says most of the boats remain docked this summer. It's not worth it for them to pull out of the slip when they can't go anywhere and just have to leave the boats idling.

Because of that Sunnyside is losing a big source of revenue. They say if people aren't using their boats, then their boats aren't breaking down, so they lose out on revenue from maintenance service. Also if boaters aren't using up gas, they're not making any money at their gas dock.

"A typical good weekend day at our gas dock is probably $5,000 and last weekend we didn't break $1,000 on either day," said Rick Chapman, Manager of Sunnyside Port.

The "no wake" zone on the St. Croix has been in effect for three weeks, from Taylors Falls to Prescott, Wisconsin.

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