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No Wake Zones on Lakes

No wake speed is defined as a speed whereby there is no "white" water in the track or path of the vessel or in created waves immediate to the vessel.

Lakes greater than 35 acres

All watercraft operating on public lakes and reservoirs greater than 35 surface acres within the western fishing district are limited to no-wake speed from the shoreline to 200 feet from the shoreline. The exceptions include:

  • Personal watercraft which must maintain a minimum operating speed to remain upright and maneuver in the water may travel at that minimum operating speed following the most direct route through the no-wake zone to and from shore;
  • motorized watercraft towing a skier from or to a dock or the shore, except that watercraft must travel the most direct route through the no-wake zone;
  • the following lakes located within the Thompson Chain of Lakes in Lincoln county:
    • Crystal Lake
    • Horseshoe Lake
    • Loon Lake
    • Lower Thompson Lake
    • McGregor Lake
    • Middle Thompson Lake
    • Upper lobe of Upper Thompson Lake

Lakes 35 acres or fewer

All watercraft operating on public lakes and reservoirs in the western fishing district that are 35 acres or fewer of surface water are limited to a no-wake speed. The following list of lakes has been determined 35 acres or fewer by means of the 1:100,000-scale hydrography layer within the department's geographic information system (GIS).

List of Lakes Less Than 35 Acres in Size with Public Access 83 KB