Wake Ordinance

Lake Augusta, if approved, would be subd. 6, to be amended and triggered at the same point as Pleasant Lake.

 

Wright County Water Surface Use Ordinance


Section 1.00 –Title
This Ordinance shall be known, cited and referred to as the Wright County Water Surface Use Ordinance.
Section 2.00-- Intent and Purpose
This Ordinance is enacted under the general powers delegated to Counties by the State of Minnesota, and pursuant to Minn. Stat. Chapters 86B.205 and 375.51, and all enabling State Rules based thereon. It is the intent and purpose of this Ordinance to:
(1) To promote the full use and enjoyment by all of the people, now and in the future, and to promote safety for all persons and property in connection with the use of the waters of Wright County;
(2) To conserve the quality of the natural environment; and
(3) To Promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Wright County, Minnesota
Section 3.00—Definitions For purposes of this ordinance, the terms related to boating are defined in Minnesota Statute § 86B.005. The following are added in addition to the definitions contained in Minnesota Statute § 86B.005: Subdivision 1. Channel - “Channel” means any area on a public body of water in which the distance between the shoreline on opposing sides of the public body of water is less than three hundred feet (300 ft.).
Subd. 2. Congested Area - “Congested Area” means a crowded condition on the surface of a public body of water that occurs when there are three or more motorboats, swimmers, buoys, or flags concentrated in a small or narrow space.
Section 4.00 – Surface Zoning of Waters and Restrictions on Speed.
Subdivision 1. Cedar Lake (86022700). The following surface water restrictions shall apply to Cedar Lake.


(a) When lake level reaches or exceeds an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine feet and Two inches (999.17 feet) above sea level, motorboats shall be restricted to a slow-no wake speed within Three Hundred feet (300 feet) from all shoreline unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety-Nine feet and Two inches (999.17 feet) above sea level for three (3) consecutive days, said restriction shall be promptly removed. Subd. 2. East and West Lake Sylvia (86028900, 86027900). The following surface water restrictions shall apply to East and West Lake Sylvia.
(a) No person shall operate a motorboat, including seaplane, in excess of slow-no wake speed within the channel between East and West Lake Sylvia.
(b) When lake level reaches or exceeds an elevation of One Thousand Fifty feet and 1 inch (1050.08 feet) above sea level, motorboats shall be restricted to a slow-no wake speed within Three Hundred feet (300 feet) from all shoreline unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of One Thousand Fifty feet and One inch (1050.08 feet) above sea level for three (3) consecutive days, said restriction shall be promptly removed. Subd. 3. Howard Lake (86019900). The following surface water restrictions shall apply to Howard Lake. (a) No person shall operate a motorboat, including seaplanes, in excess of slow-no wake speed within 150 feet of the shoreline, 24 hours a day, between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. (b) When lake level reaches or exceeds an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety-Eight feet and Seven inches (998.58 feet) above sea level, motorboats shall be restricted to a slow-no wake speed within Three Hundred feet (300 feet) from all shoreline unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety-Eight feet and Seven inches (998.58 feet) above sea level for three (3) consecutive days, said restriction shall be promptly removed. Subd. 4. Lake Ann (86019000). The following surface water restrictions shall apply to Lake Ann. (a) No person shall operate a motorboat, including seaplanes, in excess of slow-no wake speed within 150 feet of the shoreline, 24 hours a day, between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water.


(b) When lake level reaches or exceeds an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety feet and Six inches (990.50 feet) above sea level, motorboats shall be restricted to a slow-no wake speed within Three Hundred feet (300 feet) from all shoreline unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety feet and Six inches (990.50 feet) above sea level for three (3) consecutive days, said restriction shall be promptly removed. Subd. 5. Pleasant Lake (86025100). The following surface water restrictions shall apply to Pleasant Lake. (a) When the water level at the Grass Lake Outlet Dam (860243TW) reaches or exceeds an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety Two feet and One inch (992.1 feet) above sea level, motorboats shall be restricted to a slow-no wake speed within Three Hundred feet (300 feet) from all shoreline on Pleasant Lake (86025100) unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water. When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of Nine Hundred Ninety Two feet and One inch (992.1 feet) above sea level at the Grass Lake Outlet Dam (860243TW) for three (3) consecutive days, said restriction on Pleasant Lake shall be promptly removed. Section 4.10 – Water Safety Regulations Subdivision 1. No person shall operate a watercraft on the public waters of this county while towing any person on water skis, water tube, aqua plane, surfboard, saucer, or similar device on a federal holiday, on Saturday or Sunday or in a congested area at any time unless another person is on the watercraft and in a position to continually observe the person being towed. Subd. 2. No person shall operate a watercraft on the public waters of this county while towing a person on water skis, water tube, aqua plane, surfboard, saucer, or similar device, while going into or through a channel. Subd. 3 No person shall operate a watercraft or seaplane on the public waters of this county so as to overtake, pass, or meet any watercraft or seaplane in a channel or narrow passageway so as to endanger other watercraft, seaplane or property or at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions. Subd. 4. No person shall operate any watercraft or seaplane on the public waters of this county in a manner so as to obstruct, or tend to obstruct, or interfere with the passage of a watercraft or seaplane through a channel or narrow passageway. Subd. 5. No person shall swim in a channel or jump or dive from a channel bridge in the public waters of this county. Section 5.00 – Enforcement


The Primary responsibility for enforcement of this ordinance shall rest with the Wright County Sheriff. This, however, does not preclude enforcement by other licensed peace officers. Section 6.00 – Exemptions All Authorized Resource Management, Emergency and Enforcement Personnel, while acting in the performance of their assigned duties are exempt from the foregoing restrictions. Section 7.00 Notification It shall be the responsibility of the Wright County Sheriff to provide for adequate notification of the public, which shall include placement of a sign at each public watercraft access outlining essential elements of this ordinance, as well as the placement of necessary buoys and signs. The Wright County Sheriff, at their discretion, may delegate these duties to a local lake association. Section 6.00 – Penalties Any person, firm, corporation, or other entity that violates, or assists in violating, any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Section 7.00 - Effective Date This Ordinance amends and replaces, in its entirety, the Amended Wright County Ordinance relating to Public Waters located in Wright County adopted on March 2, 1976. This ordinance shall be in effect from and after the date of its passage and publication. Originally adopted by Wright County Board of Commissioners this 21st day of August, 2012 and amend on December 11, 2012.

__________________________ Rose Thelen Chairperson, County Board

_____________________________ Richard W. Norman County Coordinator

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