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St Croix in No Wake restriction

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The St Croix was at 683.17 feet this morning which automatically triggers the No Wake restriction.

For those that don't know about the No Wake rules on the St Croix this is the legal basis for the restriction. (Note paragraph H which denotes the reason for the current No Wake restriction):



Subpart 1. Slow speed zone. No motorboat shall at any time be operated in excess of a slow speed from the dam at Taylors Falls to the sandbars located approximately at mile 31.0.

Subp. 2. Slow-no wake speed. No motorboat shall be operated in excess of a slow-no wake speed in the following areas:

A. at the narrows located approximately at mile 28.6, which is 0.4 miles downstream from the Arcola High Bridge;

B. between the Coast Guard navigational buoys designating location of the navigation channel from the railroad swing bridge located at approximately mile 17.3 to the south side of the southernmost bridge in the Interstate Highway 94 corridor located at approximately mile 16.1 and from shore to shore in the area known as South Hudson Bay, downstream from the Hudson dike road to the embankment of Interstate Highway 94;

C. between the Coast Guard navigational buoys designating the Kinnickinnic River delta narrows from approximately mile 6.6 to approximately mile 6.0;

D. at the Prescott Narrows from the north side of U.S. Highway No. 10 bridge located approximately at mile 0.3 to the confluence of the Saint Croix River with the Mississippi River;

E. within 100 feet of shore (including the shores of islands) and of swimmers, from sandbars located approximately at mile 31.0 to the confluence of the Saint Croix River with the Mississippi River;

F. in that area known as Andersen Bay, located approximately at mile 20.0;

G. from shore to shore in the area known as Afton-Catfish Bar, located approximately at mile 11.4 to 11.8 as measured in the navigational channel, and established by regulatory buoys; and

H. between the dam at Taylors Falls to the confluence of the Saint Croix River with the Mississippi River, whenever the water level reaches 683.0 feet, mean sea level, as measured at the Stillwater gauge.

Subp. 3. Exception. Any motorboat designated for law enforcement shall be exempt from this part in circumstances involving emergencies or violation of law.

Statutory Authority: MS s 86B.205; 104.25

History: 15 SR 2492; 20 SR 1196

Posted: June 11, 2008

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Oh boy, I'll try not to throw a wake in my canoe wink

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Oh boy, I'll try not to throw a wake in my canoe wink

They are not too worried about your canoe but if you were driving a 25+ foot cruiser I imagine your 3 foot wake raises heck with the flooded shoreline. There are a lot more cruisers than canoes especially below the High Bridge. We just picked up another 1 1/2 inches of rain in a serious downpour - that is not going to help things either.

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I struggle with the difference between a 3' wake from a boat, and a bunch of 2' waves from wind.

I suppose one of them is preventable.

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