No-wake advisory in effect on all Otter Tail County lakes
Due to high water levels, the Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners has established a no-wake zone on all lakes within the county, effective now.
The no-wake restriction means all watercraft operating within 300 feet of the shoreline should not exceed a speed whereby a wake or wave is produced behind the craft. All boaters and watercraft operators are encouraged to use caution and slower speeds when operating near the shore of all lakes within the county while the water remains high.
The no-wake zone restriction is an effort to protect the shoreline of the lakes, reduce property erosion, and minimize environmental damage. The advisory is in effect until each lake level drops below its ordinary high-water level.
On June 19, the Commissioner of Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources approved an expedited and extended approval for counties, cities, and towns to enact slow no-wake zones. Due to the high water issues across the state, local units of government are being allowed to enact water surface use ordinances.