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NO WAKE: Ripples rule this 4th of July

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From the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers to Lake Minnetonka, high water levels are taking some of the fun out of the upcoming Fourth of July weekend because no-wake restrictions will still be in place.

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Heavy rains have kept many boaters at a crawl, which is a tough thing to swallow since the summer season is so short -- especially after a winter that seemed to never end. For those who like to get outside, it's been a tough year. Even though the temperatures are topping out in the 80s these days, many popular pastimes are still off-limits.

"Unreal," Leah Palmer summed up. "I've never seen the parking lot flooded, and there's little sunfish swimming through the parking lot."

It seems ironic that in the land of 10,000 lakes, there's simply too much water to boating. For businesses that depend on boat traffic during the short summer months, it's a big dig on their bottom lone.

"It's probably been the slowest week ever since I've been a part of the boat club," Dallas Capesious, of Your Boat Club, told Fox 9 News. "We just aren't sending that many boats out even though it's been 80 degrees and sunny every single day."

Prior Lake is one of many lakes and rivers where boating and wake restrictions are in place -- and that's not sitting well with those who hoped to launch away their winter blues with a wake.

"A lot of the members just aren't happy with no wake, and no longer going underneath the bridge to get to upper Prior," Capesious said. "It's been an adjustment for us and the members."

Those adjustments include dodging a storage shed that floated off someone's yard.

"I can honestly say we've had parts of docs float up, but never a full shed before," Capesious said.

Although many boaters are anxious to get on the water, the options are very limited for anyone who does.

"We talked about Captain Jack's for dinner, but I don't think we can get out there and get back," Palmer admitted.

Lakeside bars and restaurants are usually packed in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July, but that's only possible if people can get there. At a 5 mph crawl, that's a tall order for a lot of regulars -- especially those who can't get under the bridge.

"Now that the water level is up so high that they can't get under the bridge, that's changed things," Ritch Sweet, of Captain Jack's, confirmed.

The lakeside dock at Captain Jack's is just a few inches from being underwater too. With some predicting that the lake will rise another 6 inches, the business is now putting together a Plan B.

"We would've never anticipated having to sandbag our building, but we did," Sweet said.

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