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St. Croix Speed


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I did a little research on the St. Croix before the past weekend to be sure of the regulations regarding speed on the stretch of river from William O'Brian down to the Arcola Sandbar. I read that there is a "Slow Speed Zone" in this area. I took this as not "redline your motors so you don't get hung up on a sandbar" speed. Now, I can that at least 75% of the boats I saw this weekend on that stretch had their boats at top cruising speed. Does everyone just ignore this rule or what?

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Ya...I was wondering about that as well...I've always kind of took it easy in that stretch...just opening it up when no one was in sight...but i've seen others just "can it" all over the place...I know I'd be the first to get nailed if I started doing that and it was illegal.

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I hear ya Jake....I guess I'm just curious to as what the real interpretation of the rule is. If I'm goin slow for no reason, I'd love to cut down the time on that 45 min trip downstream. Anyone else want to chime in offer their opinion or advice?

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Usually there are buoys out that limit the speed through the Kinnie and other neckdown areas to no wake speed. I did not notice those this weekend.

My observation on the river is that when those buoys are not out, it becomes a speedway in the usual no wake areas.

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True to point. Even though there's no bouy say no wake, we should atleast be observent incase another boat is coming the other direction in such a narrow area like the kinni. The 94 bridge to the rr swing bridge is always a no wake zone even if the bouy's aren't there because the no wake sign are posted on the bridges.

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last year I wanted to fish north of the Arcola bridge, but couldn't because of the navigation limitations. So what I was wondering is, can you run a 20 ft. boat down river from Marine? HTB

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I haven't been up there yet this year,but from what i hear about how the water has dropped already, i would't reccommend it. Its tough with my 16 footer 70 hp, and i spend alot of time up there.

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