No-Wake Restriction on St. Croix River in Effect Memorial Day Weekend

Updated: 05/22/2014 4:39 PM By: Megan Stewart

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Boaters and anglers wanting to enjoy Memorial Day weekend on the St. Croix might have to slow down their plans.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has placed a slow no-wake restriction on the river.

The DNR says water levels are still high. Boaters on the St. Croix from Taylors Falls to Prescott are placed on the restriction when water levels are at 683 feet above sea level or higher.

The river is currently sitting at 684.4 feet above sea level, the DNR says.

The DNR had lifted the no-wake restriction, but then discovered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gauge near the Stillwater lift bridge malfunctioned Wednesday and incorrectly read the river levels. 

The special restriction is meant to reduce shoreline erosion, which could result in property damage, the DNR says.

The slow no-wake restriction will end when levels are below 683 feet. The DNR's website will keep boaters up-to-date on the levels.

Boat and water safety officials at the DNR also point out high water often contains debris floating just below the surface that can present significant hazards. Boaters should slow down and use extra caution in such conditions.

The DNR also warns users the river is cold, with water temperatures around 60 degrees. With the high and cold water, boaters should wear life jackets.