Hennepin County  Sheriff's Office Water Patrol boat

A Hennepin County Sheriff boat cruises near Lake Minnetonka’s Big Island on Saturday, June 8.

WAYZATA — Lake Minnetonka’s expanded no wake restrictions could be lifted soon.

The Lake Minnetonka Conservation District (LMCD) issued an expanded no wake order on May 31 after a wet start to the year caused water levels on the lake to rise above 930 feet. Since then, boaters have been required to go 5 mph or slower within 600 feet of shore and in some bays to protect the shoreline from erosion.

Water levels have to be below 930 feet for three consecutive days for the restrictions to be removed, the LMCD's website says.

The water level fell below 930 feet on June 9, and depending on rainfall, the LMCD said on June 10 the lake could see regular wake zones "this week."

On Tuesday, June 11, the water level on Lake Minnetonka was 929.96 feet, with less than a half-inch of rain in the forecast for later in the day.

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