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Green Lake now has a 1,000-foot no-wake zone advisory from shore, Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog announced Wednesday. Restrictions, which were in effect Sunday when this photo was taken at the city dock in Spicer, were put in place June 18. They have been lifted on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Elkhorn Lake and on the Little Crow River in New London. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton

Kandiyohi County modifies no-wake restrictions on area lakes

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WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said Wednesday that no wake restrictions, which were put in place June 18, have been lifted on Eagle Lake, Diamond Lake, Elkhorn Lake and on the Little Crow River in New London.


Hartog said Green Lake will now have a 1,000-foot no wake zone advisory from shore (approximately three football field lengths).

Hartog said other lakes will have a 500-foot no wake zone advisory from shore.

“This is asking watercraft operators to start boating activities such as water skiing, tubing, accelerating with your personal watercraft, etc., at the above-mentioned distances,’’ Hartog said.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced that no wake restrictions recently placed on all Stearns County lakes have been lifted effective Wednesday.

Sanner said deputies have been regularly monitoring lake levels throughout the county. He said deputies have noticed that lake levels, while still a bit high from recent heavy rainstorms, have decreased to levels more consistent with pleasure boating.

Sanner urges boaters to operate watercraft safely and sensibly and to avoid creating a wake near shorelines.

He said previously designated restrictions on marked no wake zones will still be enforced.

No wake advisories are continuing in Meeker County. Sheriff Jeff Norlin said high water levels will cause property damage and further shoreline erosion. Norlin is asking all watercraft operators to reduce the speed of their watercraft so as to not create a wake.

Norlin said deputies will be patrolling the lakes to remind boaters of the advisory. Norlin said this advisory will be in effect until water levels have retreated.

David Little
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