Dane County Declares Slow, No Wake Restriction for Lake Mendota, Monona and Waubesa

August 21, 2018
County Executive

                                                         Slow, No Wake Orders Effective Immediately


Due to recent heavy rainfall, Dane County is declaring a slow, no wake for entire surface of Lakes Mendota, Monona, and Waubesa. The restrictions for watercraft to slow down will take effect immediately today. 


Given the amount of rain last week and again last night, the high lake levels exceed the threshold for slow, no wake requirement. The rainfall last night broke the record for the State of Wisconsin of rainfall in a 24 hour period.


Deputies from the Dane County Sheriff's Office Marine and Trail Division will be enforcing the slow, no wake restrictions on area waterways.


During high water levels, it is important for property owners on all lakes to prevent their piers from floating and creating navigational hazards by securely fastening the pier sections to the frame, adding weight, or removing the pier from the water.?