5/2/2014 9:50:00 AM Slow no-wake boating restriction in effect on St. Croix River
Anglers venturing out onto the St. Croix River for the border waters fishing opener this weekend will need to slow down as a result of persistent rain and high water levels, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Boaters on the St. Croix between Taylors Falls and Prescott must operate at slow no-wake speeds when the river’s level reaches 683 feet above sea level at Stillwater. The special restriction, authorized by state rules in both Minnesota and Wisconsin, is aimed at reducing shoreline erosion and resulting property damage in areas not usually susceptible to wave action at lower water levels.
Officials from Wisconsin, Minnesota and the National Park Service will post signs regarding the slow no-wake requirement at all public accesses, and marina operators have been notified. The slow no-wake rule will remain in effect until the water level again recedes below the 683-foot level. Boaters should check the DNR’s website. Boat and water safety officials at the DNR also point out that high-running rivers often contain debris floating just below the surface that can present significant hazards. Boaters should slow down and exercise extra caution in such conditions. Water temperatures at this time of year also pose serious risk of hypothermia.