No-wake zone expected on St. Croix beginning May 24

The St. Croix River in Stillwater is predicted to exceed 683 feet above Sea Level early morning on Wednesday, May 24, triggering a no-wake zone from Taylors Falls to the Mississippi River in Prescott, Wis., the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is telling the public.

As of 11:45 a.m. May 23, the river was expected to crest at 683.3 feet and remain above 683 feet through the weekend.

Marinas and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) public water accesses along the St Croix River will be posted advising of the no-wake zone. “Slow-no wake” means the operation of a watercraft at the slowest possible speed necessary to maintain steerage, and in no case greater than five miles per hour, the sheriff’s office says.

According to the sheriff’s office, the no-wake zone protects boaters from flood-related hazards such as floating debris and river currents. The no-wake zone also helps minimize damage to shorelines, levees and islands which are more vulnerable to damage from wakes during high water events.