High water impacting Lake Minnetonka

No Wake restrictions take effect Friday

Mark Freie
May 31, 2019 - 5:58 am

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The third wettest start to a year in the Twin Cities since 1871 is forcing No Wake restrictions at Lake Minnetonka. 

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District is issuing a High Water Declaration at the lake on Friday due to atypically high water at the lake. Watercraft may not operate at a speed greater than 5 miles per hour, or at a speed that creates more than a Minimum Wake in regulated areas of Lake Minnetonka.

The speed limit is typically 40 mph during the day, 20 mph at night, and 5 mph in Quiet Areas within 150 feet of shoreline, beaches, docks, anchored boats, and swimmers.

Regulated areas include anywhere within 600 feet of any shoreline and all areas of specific bays. The High Water Declaration will remain in effect until Lake Minnetonka's water levels measure below 930 feet for three consecutive days.

Lake Minnetonka remains remains open to the public, however visitors are encouraged to take extra safety precautions while the water remains high.

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