Carver County issued slow, no-wake restrictions for Lake Waconia, Lake Bavaria and Reitz Lake, effective immediately.
The restrictions are a temporary ordinance for 30 days, or until the lakes drop 0.1” below the stated triggering elevation for three consecutive days. The restriction covers the entirety of Lake Bavaria and Reitz Lake. On Lake Waconia, the county implemented a slow, no-wake restriction 600 feet from shore for the entire lake.
The city of Chanhassen has issued a no wake restriction for Lake Minnewashta, according Renae Clark, Chanhassen water resource coordinator.
The restrictions mirror what’s happening in many other cities, counties and watershed districts in the area. Lake Minnetonka enacted a no-wake restriction within 600 feet of shore, while the city of Chaska enacted no-wake restrictions on the portions of Lake Bavaria it oversees on June 3.
“These restrictions ensure the protection of shoreline and property, as well as the safety of all lake users, due to the unprecedented water levels on county lakes,” County Administrator David Hemze said.
Lake Levels—all measurements in feet.
- Lake Waconia: OHW* 963.1; May 30, 963.4; June 3, 963.4; 2014, 963.6.
- Lake Bavaria: OHW* 972.7; May 30, 972.9; June 3, 972.8; 2014, 973.5.
- Reitz Lake: OHW*, 937.8; May 30, 938.7; June 3, 938.2; 2014, 938.5.
* OHW-Ordinary High Water (typical high-water event). Elevations over this number are usually a sign of exceptional circumstances.