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NO WAKE ZONES DECLARED ON CENTRAL MN LAKES


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In the paper today several Central Minnesota lakes have been declared "Total No Wake Zones". Two that were mentioned were Horseshoe chain and Rice lake. The article stated it would include the entire lake. DNR web site once its up should probably contain a total listing....The article also stated this would be in effect and enforced as of 1201am tonight.....

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Beaver ,Carnelian and Two Rivers were also on that list.

I know the chain is a mess right now. I have never seen the water as high as it has been this summer . It's going to be a while before it's back to normal.

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river: we don't anymore major rain for awhile thats for sure. Yes the lakes you mentioned were on that list I just couldn't remember them when I posted. Must be the hot weather.....LOL

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Guess we'll need to start trolling right from the access. That's right. I frequently do that anyways.

The lakes and rivers are very high for sure. Lots of docks underwater and smaller back yards for folks.

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Wont be able to cover as much water on the larger lakes, but will take that trade off any day from the lack of recreational traffic.

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Two Rivers is pretty bad. It has gone down some since Tuesday evening. The access is not doable and probly wont be workable for a few weeks. This otta bring us to the dawgdays of summer when most people trade rods for camo suits. The brightside is that these lakes should have a nice crop of fish next year due to low pressure this year. who knows.

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Passed through Holdingford on the way to Big Birch yesterday. The river in town was still incredibly high. Can't imagine how high the lake must still be.

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Fished Big Birch yesterday, and by the numbers of pleasure boaters, jet skiers, tubers, and 2 float planes I would say it is not on the No Wake list. Lake is up, but all docks and lifts seem to be fine.

The fishing was fine too. smile

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The chain has been slowly going down the last two days from an high sometime Thursday. Its very quite on the chain. The no wake is great for fishing if I could figure out where the fish went......

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Welcome to the St Cloud area forum Reel_Magic.

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They added Pleasant to the no wake list today...

Which Pleasant?

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The one by Rockville, drove by it after the rains and WOW!

Looked at the website after the announcement and said it was going to last for five days, must be at least five days now. Does anyone know if it is still in effect?

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The no wake zone went off yesterday for all the lakes except Pleasant and that goes off today.

I know the water is still real high on Pleasant and the chain. It has gone down a bit in the last few days but still crazy for the end of July. I would not advise racing around on most of our area lakes right now. The poor shorelines sure are taking a beating this year frown.

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Was on koronis Sunday and couldn't believe how high the water was. There was only about a foot and a half or so of the dock posts showing at the public access. Crazy high water for any time of year really. If this doesn't go down by freeze up considerably and we get even marginal snow this winter there will be a real mess next spring.

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Builders

found this on the net

Wright County Board of Commissioners adopted the emergency ordinance Tuesday. Boats cannot travel faster than slow on these lakes: Albion, Augusta, Bass, Caroline, Clearwater, East and West Lake Sylvia, Henshaw, Locke, Louisa, Marie, Mill Pond, Nixon, Pleasant, Swartout and Sugar.

On Cedar Lake, the board implemented a 300 foot no-wake zone from the shoreline.

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Two Rivers is pretty bad. It has gone down some since Tuesday evening. The access is not doable and probly wont be workable for a few weeks. This otta bring us to the dawgdays of summer when most people trade rods for camo suits. The brightside is that these lakes should have a nice crop of fish next year due to low pressure this year. who knows.

Fished Two Rivers tonight. The access is nicer than it has been all year. Everything has been graded and smooth. The dock is straight again and had no problem getting on or off the lake.

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Wether needed or not, looks like Stearns county may soon enact a no wake ordinance as did Wright. Might end up being a slow go this fall!

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I just got off the phone with the Stearns County Sheriff and the lady I talked to said that there no temporary No-Wake ordinances on any lakes in Stearns County and there were no plans to enact any more ordinances in the near future.

War Eagle!!!

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Stearns county has a meeting set for the 16 of this month to see if the no wake zone will be put back in efect.

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I think the meeting is actually for the boarder lakes between stearns and wright. It doesn't sound like Wright was very pleased when Stearns said they would not enforce the no wake zone on the boarder waters. Of course in Stearns defense, I would think it would be tough justifying a no wake zone on the wright county lakes that are 2-3 feet above normal high water when they have lakes like Beaver and Carnelian that are much higher and they are not putting them in no wake zones. Afterall, you have only so many to enforce the laws that you put in place.

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Yeah, the commissioners stood pretty tough against the outcry, actually surprised me, I really have no feelings either way as i no longer own shorefront. Can see both sides though. A big pet peeve of mine is people ripping it up on the lakes, but would not be an issue if the weather pattern was a little more "normal". Ultimately, too bad it is an issue and common sense can't prevail. If your in the middle of the lake, let those 250's go, but when getting closer to others and shore just have some respect and back off. Should not have to be an issue!

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The public hearing for this is Tue Aug. 16 at 10:25 am at 705 couthouse square. There was a article in the times today about it. I wonder what the county board will do on this. Sounds like they may put the no wake zone on some or all of the lakes in the county. I know the water is still super high for Aug. but it has come down a couple feet since the emergency no wake zones were put into efect. I for one am all for it for the rest of the summer.

I was on a Wright co. lake today and I have to admit it was kinda nice out there with no jet ski's buzzing around and only the guys that can not read flying around in boats grin

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RFM, truth be told, I am with you, was out this weekend and was close to getting swamped from a boat pulling a tube; also, neither one of my boats can go very fast anyway smile I suspect they will single out the problem lakes. Should be an interesting day tomorrow!

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

Heck I finally get a boat with a little horsepower and now I might not be able to use it.

I hope someone remembers to turn off the water faucet soon. If this keeps up it could get ugly.

I when golfing last night and many fairways have new water hazards in places they never have before.

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Well the Stearns co. board met this morning and came to a decision. There will be no new manditory no wake zones, instead the county will be placing signs at the public access points asking people to keep the speed down and the wake they cause to a minimum. I'm not to sure how this decision will help our already over flowing lakes but there it is. crazy. Oh ya it's pouring again as I type this frown.

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