MINNEAPOLIS - Talk about a buzz-kill.
Boaters will have to stash the skis, wakeboards and tubes this Fourth of July holiday weekend due to high water on a handful of Twin Cities lakes and rivers.
No-wake zones have been declared on the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls, Minn., to Prescott, Wis., and on Medicine Lake in Plymouth. Fish Lake is also under a high water declaration, while Prior Lake is near no-wake territory but is trending downward.
The declarations involve concern over shoreline erosion and property damage on lakes caused by large wakes that accompany watersports or high-speed operation. Generally no-wake declarations involve speeds of 5 mph or less.
And then there's the concern over floating debris.
DNR boating safety specialist Kara Owens says there's a lot of floating trees, branches and debris in the Mississippi and St. Croix rivers, raising the danger of damage to boats and serious injuries to boaters.
A log jam near Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul, has doubled in size since last Friday.
Officials have also warned canoeists and kayakers to stay off Minnehaha Creek, where flows are too dangerous for paddling and downed trees add to the risk.
Minnehaha Creek flows from Lake Minnetonka, through the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, to the Mississippi River.
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