Cities Pass Crooked Lake Wake RestrictionsOn a sunny fall day, a passing speedboat on Crooked Lake creates a postcard-like setting. It is an opportunity for peaceful recreation without leaving the metro. But the sounds of passing speedboats caused some homeowners to fear losing their shoreline during the summer of 2014.
After Rough 2014, Lake Minnetonka Businesses Welcome Big Holiday WeekendMinnesota’s lakes and rivers are always a top destination over the Fourth of July. But last year's record rain led to no-wake restrictions on several lakes around the state. For businesses that rely on that boating traffic it made for a quiet holiday on the water, but this year is a much different story.
After Mellow Summer, Lake Minnetonka Hosts Wakesurfing CompThe first ever organized wakesurfing competition on Lake Minnetonka is wrapping up, despite a set-back earlier this summer.
Man Allegedly Leads Police On High-Speed Boat Chase On Lake Minnetonka Boaters captured a high speed chase on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July. Authorities were called to the lake on a domestic dispute. The driver, 33-year-old Ryan Krueger sped away The chase lasted roughly five minutes and no one was hurt. With a lakefront home, Doug Ellefson and his family have watched the 4th of July lake traffic for the last eight years. But, this holiday brought a first.
No-Wake Boating Imposed On St. Croix RiverAuthorities have imposed no-wake restrictions on boaters venturing out onto the St. Croix River. Because of high water levels, boaters on the St. Croix between Taylors Falls, Minn., and Prescott, Wis., must go slow to reduce shoreline erosion.
High Water Levels Dash Many July Fourth PlansA frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.
Minnesota Officials Urging Boaters To Use CautionHigh water has Minnesota officials urging boaters to slow down and use caution as the Fourth of July holiday weekend approaches. A no-wake zone is in effect on the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls, Minn., to Prescott, Wis.
Lift Bridge Construction Leads To No-Wake Zone On St. CroixAnyone heading out onto the St. Croix River will have to abide by a new rule. The new bridge construction is underway and a no-wake zone is in effect for nearly a mile along the river. The St. Croix River offers an easy getaway during the summer months. Gail Plewacki of Stillwater takes out her pontoon whenever she can.