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DNR: Watch your wake, water levels remain high

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STILLWATER, Minn. (KMSP) -

Close that throttle and watch your wake during the Fourth of July holiday – river and lake water levels should remain high. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding boaters to slow down and exercise caution when navigating Minnesota waters.

NO WAKE ZONES

A no-wake zone is in effect on the St. Croix River from Taylors Falls to Prescott, Wis.

In Hennepin County, both Fish Lake and Medicine Lake have declared high water.

Lake Minnetonka has not met the level requirement declare high water, but the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District is urging lake users to comply with the standard speed limits and minimum wake requirements: 40 mph during the day, 20 mph at night, 5 mph in minimum wake zones.

SAFETY TIPS

-Wear a life jacket, especially in high water

-High water levels create fast and strong current – be alert and aware when driving and swimming

-Watch for floating debris in rivers and lakes that could cause injuries or ruin your boat

-Canoe and kayak carefully – strong current can lead to capsizing

-If you're heading out on the water, let someone know where you're going and when you expect to return

-Watch your wake – a large wake can erode the shoreline and disrupt other boaters and swimmers

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