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Normal ‘Slow, No Wake’ takes effect on Squaw Bay

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Joanne Haas, Office of the County Executive (608) 267-8823
Elise Schaffer, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, (608) 284-6162
Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell, (608) 266-4122


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Final change ends emergency order issued in August

The water level on Squaw Bay on Lake Monona has receded to a level allowing for a return to the normal 200-foot “Slow, No Wake” zone from the shoreline effective Wednesday morning, officials said today.

Today’s order from Dane County’s three top officials ends entirely the emergency no wake order issued in August for Madison’s four major lakes after heavy rainfalls created water levels that posed significant risks to public safety and property.

The zones already had been returned to the normal 200 feet from shorelines on lakes Mendota, Kegonsa, Monona and Waubesa in previous weeks.

A Slow, No Wake Zone means a boat must move as slowly as possible while still maintaining steering control and produce no wake.

Today’s order comes from the Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney and Dane County Board Chairman Scott McDonell. All three officials thanked boaters for their compliance with the emergency declaration.

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