Slow-no-Wake

Emergency Orders and Press Releases

9/1/2017 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
Crystal Lake
Slow-no-wake rescinded for Squaw Bay (Lake Monona) and Lake Waubesa starting sunrise Saturday, September 2. Crystal Lake slow no wake still in effect.
Press Release
8/12/2017 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
Slow-no-wake rescinded for Lake Monona starting sunrise Saturday, August 12.
Press Release

Normal Slow-no-wake Restrictions

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.

What is the Purpose of Slow-no-wake Restrictions?

The slow-no-wake requirements were created to minimize conflict between various lake recreational users, reduce or lessen the severity of boating accidents, protect human life, provide safe swimming zones, assure and encourage multiple uses of lakes, reduce shoreline erosion, protect fish spawning areas and protect wetlands, bogs and other sensitive areas.

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 the requirement stated above for Lake Monona from Law Park to a point 1000 feet due north of the intersection of John Nolen Drive and Lakeside Street. Lake users should be aware of water skiers practicing and performing in this area.

Previous 10 Emergency Orders

7/25/2017 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
Lake Monona
Press Release

7/24/2017 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
Lake Waubesa
Press Release

7/22/2017 - Slow-no-wake orders have been issued for the following lake(s):
Crystal Lake,Squaw Bay
Press Release

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.
Press Release

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.
Press Release

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Slow-No-Wake rescinded on Squaw Bay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

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Slow-No-Wake rescinded on Crystal Lake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

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

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

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