There are endless ways to get out and enjoy the beautiful lakes and streams in your area this season. Boating, paddling, fishing, swimming, and reading at the beach are all great ways to take advantage of the multitude of water bodies in the state.
Unfortunately, there are also many ways to spread invasive plants and animals that threaten the health of these water bodies. It’s not just boaters who need to take precautions — aquatic invasive species (AIS) like zebra mussels or milfoil can travel via canoes, docks, and boat lifts. They can also spread when people dump a bait bucket or aquarium into a water body or storm drain.
Anyone bringing a boat, canoe, kayak, paddle board or other water-related equipment into a new body of water should thoroughly clean, drain, and dry it before entering and after leaving.
Those who hire a professional to remove their dock or boat lift should make sure the person or business is a certified Lake Service Provider from the MN DNR, which ensures they have received training on how to prevent the spread of AIS. Dump bait and aquarium plants and fish in a waste bin, not in a lake, stream or storm drain.
AIS can cause significant long-term damage to Minnesota’s precious water bodies, and can keep us from enjoying them in ways we have in the past. Learn more about steps you can take to prevent the spread of AIS at www.minnehahacreek.org/AIS.
For any neighbors looking for something fun to do this coming weekend. Saturday, July 12th, is the Tonka Mud Run at Lake Minnewashta Regional Park. It is a family friendly mud run. Mini-Tonka Mud Run starts at 8:30 and the Tonka Mud Run starts at 9:30. The Chanhassen Fire Department will be there to hose you off when you are done. There are many activities including the US Marine Pull Up Challenge, face painting, bounce house, DJ and more. All proceeds go to Kids Against Hunger-West Metro.
Bring the family and enjoy a morning of fun and help a good cause too!
Google Tonka Mud Run if interested.
With the month of June being one of the rainiest on record, our lake was filled to the highest level ever recorded. To prevent further property damage on the land owned by our residents, a “Slow-No Wake” restriction continues over the entire lake by the City of Chanhassen. Speeds above 5 MPH are forbidden. Please help out your neighbors dealing with flooding and observe the limits. As the water levels decrease to a level where boat wakes will no longer damage property, the city will release the restriction.
JULY 3rd UPDATE: This morning the water level was 0.04′ feet above the last confirmed pre-storm elevation. That means that at some point today it will be below that elevation. The city of Chanhassen will lift the restriction after we experience three days below that elevation which is on Sunday, 7/6/14 at noon.
Thanks for your cooperation, patience and understanding. It is a difficult balance between shoreline protection, property damage and recreational enjoyment.
The fireworks display over Lake Minnewashta is solely funded by Lake Minnewashta area residents. DONATIONS ARE TAX- DEDUCTIBLE! Please send in your contribution ASAP!
Please make checks payable to: KABOOM (Keep America’s Birthday Observance On Minnewashta) and forward to Beth Ginther 3611 Ironwood Rd. Excelsior, MN 55331
**The cost of the show has increased with our new vendor, so we appreciate donations from all households (including those in associations) that are able to enjoy the fireworks display. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! Thank you for your support and happy 4th of July!
Please be sure to submit your donation today! We are low on funds and want to ensure the continuation of this great Lake Minnewashta tradition!
PER TERRY JEFFERY….”The “zero” elevation is 942.87 meaning the lake level right now is 946.13 feet. To put this into perspective this is 1.63 feet above the Ordinary High Water mark (944.5), 1.33 feet above the 100 year flood elevation (944.80) and 0.47 foot above the highest known water elevation. We will have an internal discussion but it is my feeling that the no-wake should remain in effect until we are below the 100 year elevation. This is the elevation that triggers the Lake Susan and Lotus Lake wake restrictions. I do not feel it necessary to wait until we are at the OHW. This is a snippet from the DNR expedited no-wake approvals. ”
Here is the release:
The Commissioner of Natural Resources has approved an expedited and extended approval for Counties, Cities and Towns to enact slow no-wake zones.
Due to the high water issues across the state….local government units (LGU’s) are being allowed to enact water surface use ordinances as outlined in the attached document (up to 30 days). LGU’s have primary responsibility to communicate and enforce the existence of slow-no wake (SNW) ordinances. To minimize impacts to water related tourism and businesses, the LGU has the ability design the SNW to protect the shoreline while allowing for normal recreation further out in the lake/river.
Questions? After reviewing this document, http://www.lmc.org/media/document/1/dnrhighwater.pdf contact Margaret Bergsrud of MN DNR Boat and Water Safety at 651-259-5400 email@example.com.
Terry Jeffery | Water Resources Coordinator
City of Chanhassen | Engineering Department
7700 Market Boulevard | Chanhassen, MN 55317
DESK 952.227.1168 | MAIN 952.227.1160