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Dane County Slow-no-wake Requirements

On the Yahara Lakes, Dane County has in effect a slow-no-wake ordinance, see Chapter 72, that goes beyond the minimum state boating requirements.

The ordinance establishes a 200-ft slow-no-wake zone along the entire shorelines of Lakes Mendota, Monona, Waubesa and Kegonsa. Within that zone, boaters must not travel faster than slow-no-wake speed, which means the minimum speed at which a motorized watercraft is able to move and maintain adequate steerage control.

There is an exception to this requirement on Lake Monona from Law Park to a point 1000 feet due north of the intersection of John Nolen Drive and Lakeside Street. Beware of water skiers practicing and performing in this area.

The entire surface of Lake Monona is a slow-no-wake zone from 8 pm to midnight on the day of the "Shake the Lake" event.

The slow-no-wake requirements were created to minimize conflict between various user groups, avoid accidents or lessen their severity, protect human life, provide safe swimming zones, assure and encourage multiple use of surface waters, reduce shoreline erosion, protect fish spawning areas and protect wetlands, bogs and other sensitive areas.

6/21/2016 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Monona
The Slow-no-wake Order for Lake Monona is from 8 pm to midnight on 6/25/2016 due to the "Shake the Lake" event.

6/24/2014 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
The Slow-no-wake Order for Lake Monona is from noon to midnight on 6/28/2014 due to Rhythm and Booms.

8/29/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Squaw Bay
Slow-No-Wake rescinded on Squaw Bay

8/9/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake
Slow-No-Wake rescinded on Crystal Lake

7/10/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake, Lake Waubesa
Slow-No-Wake removed for Lake Waubesa

7/5/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Squaw Bay
Slow-No-Wake declaration for Squaw Bay

7/3/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake, Lake Kegonsa, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Slow No Wake Orders for Lakes Monona and Kegonsa to be Removed

6/28/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake, Lake Kegonsa
Slow No Wake Orders for Dane County Expanded to Two More Lakes

6/27/2013 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Monona, Squaw Bay, Lake Waubesa
Slow No Wake Orders Issued for Two Dane County Lakes

6/22/2012 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake
Slow-No-Wake rescinded for Crystal Lake

11/12/2010 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake, Squaw Bay
Slow No Wake Discontinued for Lake Monona’s Squaw Bay

8/5/2010 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Monona, Squaw Bay
Slow No Wake Discontinued for Lake Monona

7/23/2010 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Monona
Slow No Wake Declared for Lake Monona

6/18/2010 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Squaw Bay
Slow No Wake Declared for Part of Lake Monona

4/23/2010 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake
Slow-No-Wake Order Crystal Lake

4/2/2009 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Crystal Lake
Crystal Lake Remains Slow-No-Wake

7/31/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Squaw Bay, Lake Waubesa
Dane County Lifts Slow No Wake on Lake Kegonsa; Orders Eased for Lakes Monona, Waubesa

7/24/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Dane County to Ease Slow, No Wake on Lake Mendota

7/22/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Dane County to Ease Slow, No Wake on Lake Kegonsa

7/11/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Slow, No Wake Zones Reinstated for Yahara Lakes

7/9/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Dane County Eases Slow, No Wake Rules on Yahara Chain of Lakes

7/2/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Lake Waubesa
Dane County to Ease Slow, No Wake on Lake Mendota

6/9/2008 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s): Lake Kegonsa, Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, Squaw Bay, Lake Waubesa
Slow No Wake Declared for Dane County Lakes
Crystal Lake in the Town of Roxbury is a Slow no wake zone.
Slow No Wake Restriction Map

Green Lake = Normal Slow-no-wake Restrictions

Yellow Lake = Emergency Order: slow-no-wake within 500 feet of shore

Red Lake = Emergency Order: slow-no-wake entire surface area

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