MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — If you’re planning on hitting the water this weekend, try not to make any waves.

No-wake zones remain in effect on several area lakes because of the high water.

On Prior Lake, a wall of sandbags is all that stands between the lake and several neighborhoods.

Every wave that hits shore threatens the floodwall’s integrity. Homeowner Matt Brie fears boaters won’t follow the rules.

“To be honest, we just moved out here in November and before that we boated out here for years, and you just didn’t understand what a wake could do to a shoreline,” Brie said.

DNR officers are out patrolling the water. They say their focus on the Fourth of July weekend is usually drunk boaters. But this year, protecting property is also a priority.

If you’re caught going faster than the no-wake speeds, you will get a ticket. You can also be cited again by the county for violating the temporary law.

Together, the tickets will cost upwards of $100.


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