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Local Lake Ordinances


Recreational activities on Ramsey County Lakes are popular for many citizens.  In order to enjoy these activities safely, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has provided the following information online.  This is a summary only and is subject to change.  Please contact the specific local, state, or federal agency for more information.  Information as of December 31, 2010.

City
Lake Name
(Lake Number)
Rules and Regulations Date of Last Revision
Arden Hills Lake Johanna (62-78)
  • 5 mph within 250 feet of shore and in center of lake at all times
  • 5 mph within the open speed zone from 11 am to 3 pm and 7 pm to 7 am daily
  • 40 mph at other times and counterclockwise travel is required
10/28/74;
amended 10/16/87
Little Canada / Maplewood Lake Gervais (62-7)
  • Open water: slow-no wake zone within 150 feet of any shoreline and on the entire surface when the lake elevation exceeds 860 feet at the public access
  • Winter: 15 mph limit for any motor vehicle within 150 feet of shore, fish house, or person, and no entry on skating rinks or sliding areas within 150 feet of shore
7/11/97
Maplewood All lakes, Lake Phalen (62-13)
  • Slow-no wake speed within 300 feet of shore occupied by swimmers or anglers
  • Slow-no wake speed in the channels of Phalen, Keller, and Kohlman Lakes
  • No water-skiing, etc. within 300 feet of shoreline, docks, swimmers, or other boats
  • Damaging wakes prohibited within 300 feet of occupied boats
  • Also see special Lake Gervais (62-7) restrictions
1965; 1982; 1997
Mounds View Spring Lake (2-71)
  • Slow-no wake speed within 300 feet of shore, anglers, swimmers, and occupied boats
  • No water skiing within 300 feet of shore, docks, swimmers or other boats
  • Also in Fridley and Spring Lake Park, Anoka County
6/6/53
New Brighton Long Lake (62-67)
  • Slow no wake speed at all times within 100 feet of shore
  • Open speed zone and counterclockwise travel from sunrise Monday to sunset Friday, and from 12:00 noon to 6 pm on weekends and holidays; all other times slow-no wake speed
  • Slow no wake zone on entire lake when water elevation exceeds 866.22 feet
  • Restrictions when ice is on lake
5/19/82
North Oaks Pleasant Lake (62-46)
Gilfillan Lake (62-27)
  • Electric motors only.
  • Restricted by private land
1950
North Saint Paul Casey Lake (62-5)
  • No motors allowed.
8/15/84
Roseville All lakes: Little Johanna (62-78), Langton (62-49), Bennett (62-48) & McCarrons (62-54)
  • Slow no wake speed within 150 feet of shore, anglers, swimmers or occupied boats
  • No water skiing within 300 feet of shore, docks, swimmers or other boat
8/18/53
Roseville / Shoreview Lake Owasso (62-56) (also Ramsey Co. Ordinance)
  • 40 mph speed limit
  • Slow no wake speed within 150 feet of shoreline
10/97
Roseville / Shoreview Lake Josephine (62-57)
  • Slow no wake speed within 150 feet of shoreline
3/18/53; amended 1/25/99
Shoreview Island Lake (62-75)
  • Slow no wake speed within 150 feet of shore
  • Slow no wake speed on the entire lake when water elevation reaches 947 feet
  • All lakes entirely in city

9/16/97; 3/9/09

Saint Paul All lakes in parks: Lake Phalen (62-13), Como Lake (62-55), and Lake Crosby (62-47)
  • Electric motors only
  • No inflatable devices
  • No boating allowed after dusk or before daylight
1956;
amended 1982
Mississippi River

Slow no wake speed zones:

  • River Mile 839.5 (Wabasha St. Bridge) to 840.5 (Smith Ave. or High Bridge)
  • River Mile 844.6 to 845.1, near the Watergate Marina
4/26/90; amended 6/7/05
Vadnais Heights Lake Vadnais (62-38)
Sucker Lake (62-28)
  • No boats allowed
  • Shore fishing only, no one allowed on ice
  • Water reservoir for St. Paul
 
White Bear Lake
Conservation
District (WBLCD)
White Bear Lake (82-167)
(also in Washington County)

Visit the White Bear Lake Conservation District website at www.wblcd.org.

  • 35 mph max. speed limit
  • Slow no wake speed in shore zone (200-300 feet from shore), or within100 feet any person in the water
  • No operation of watercraft within 100 feet of person in the water or on a raft

Water skiing restrictions:

  • Towboat operator must be 13 years old
  • 100 feet maximum length tow rope
  • Type I, II, or III USCG PFD required to be worn by person being towed
  • No skiing (except straight out from shore) within 100 feet of shore
  • Boats and skiers must stay 100 feet away from docks, other boats, rafts and swim areas
  • Memorial Day through Labor Day: observer required weekends and holidays from 12:00 noon to dusk and weekdays from 4 pm - dusk
  • Personal watercraft restrictions.

Note: WBLCD restrictions do not require Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approval

 

 

 



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