The Carver County Board of Commissioners met on June 21 at 8 a.m. and approved a temporary ordinance enacting an emergency slow-no wake zone for Lake Waconia, Lake Bavaria and Reitz Lake.
The slow-no wake restriction shall be lifted once the water body has been 0.1 feet below the elevation that triggers the slow-no wake for three days. Carver County has determined the ordinary high water level (OHW) established by the MN Department of Natural Resources shall be the elevation that triggers the slow-no wake restriction.
Sheriff Jim Olson intends to recommend slow-no wake restrictions for the entire surface area of all three lakes.
“The water level on all three lakes is high. In fact, the gauge used to measure water levels is several inches under water on two of the lakes,” Olson said. “The high water level is already damaging to property and added boat wakes will compound the problem.”
Slow-No Wake means operation of a watercraft at the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage, but in no case greater than 5 m.p.h.
Sheriff’s Deputies will place signs at public access points informing boaters of the wake restrictions. Buoys will also be placed on some portions of the lakes as a reminder. Sheriff Olson anticipates the Board of Commissioners will approve the proposed ordinance and he has instructed his deputies to begin enforcing the Slow-No Wake ordinance upon approval.