MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In what is believed to be an unprecedented move, a minimum wake restriction is going into effect for Lake Minnetonka — yes, all of it.
Due to high waters, officials are enforcing a minimum wake restriction for the entire lake. That means boats, jet skis and other watercrafts cannot go above 5 mph while the restriction is in place.READ MORE: For Derek Chauvin's Defense Attorney Eric Nelson, It's All About Raising Doubt
The minimum wake rule is effective immediately.
The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District Board of Directors approved an emergency high water ordinance on Thursday, making it unlawful for anyone to operate a watercraft at a speed that results in more than a minimum wake.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: MDH Reports 1,784 Cases, 13 Deaths Sunday
“If your wake behind your boat (or watercraft) is causing problems to other watercraft or to the shoreline, that’s not minimum wake,” said Greg Nybeck, executive director for the Conservation District. “The standard in most cases is five miles per hour.”