Boaters on Lake Minnetonka

Boaters took advantage of all Lake Minnetonka had to offer despite expanded no wake restrictions. This photo was taken on Saturday, June 8.

WAYZATA — Lake Minnetonka boaters can resume going fast again.

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) lifted the expanded no wake restrictions on Lake Minnetonka on Wednesday, June 12.

Water levels continue to be high, the LMCD website says, and the district encourages boaters to slow down if their wakes hit the shore. It is also prohibited to operate a watercraft in a manner where the wake endangers or unnecessarily interferes with another person’s property.

The high water declaration went into effect at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 31, and was in effect for 13 days. The expanded no wake restriction did not cover the entire lake — it included within 600 feet of shore and specific bays.

Lake Minnetonka water levels will continue to be monitored by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The lake is unusually high this year because it is the third wettest spring in the Twin Cities since 1871 — the National Weather Service in Chanhassen measured 15.61 inches of precipitation between Jan. 1 and May 27.

Frances Stevenson is a reporter for the Lakeshore Weekly News, covering the communities around Lake Minnetonka.


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