Boating Bummer: Lake Minnetonka Wake Restrictions Remain for 4th of July

Updated: 07/03/2014 6:36 AM
Created: 07/02/2014 3:48 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Boaters will still have to drive slowly on all of Lake Minnetonka this Fourth of July.

The "Emergency High Water" declaration remains in effect through the holiday weekend. It’s been nearly a month since the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District implemented the declaration, due to high water levels.

The declaration means boaters will have to keep their wake to a minimum so it does not affect other watercraft or impact the shoreline.    

So when will this end?

Officials say water levels are gradually declining. On Wednesday, the lake level reading reported by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District was 930.85 feet above sea level, which is down about three inches from the high of 931.11 feet on June 23.

Officials say minimum wake restrictions will remain in effect until the Lake level remains below 930.30 feet for three consecutive days. In order for this declaration to be terminated, the lake level must drop approximately seven inches. 

In Edina, water levels are receding. On Bryant Lake the slow-no wake restrictions are expected to be lifted as of Thursday. The restrictions will remain in effect for Lake Riley until further notice.

Photo: Lake Minnesota Conservation District

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