Slow, no wake issued for some area lakes


John Ryan of Randall shared this view of Benedict Lake Thursday. As of Friday morning, there are no speed restrictions on Randall lakes like Benedict.

High water in some west of the I lakes is causing slow, no wake orders to be issued. The concern is generally that under high water conditions fast boat traffic aggravates shore erosion. Slow, no wake means boats must travel at a slow enough speed that they do not create a wake.

It’s likely the lakes will still see some boat traffic this weekend, however, because game fish season opens Saturday.

I don’t know if it’s scientific, but it seems like the trend is that the further east the more likely the lakes are to be slow no wake.

Here’s a rundown of lakes we have info on:

  • Paddock Lake: Slow no wake order issued Thursday.
  • Salem lakes: Slow no wake signs going up Friday.
  • Randall lakes: No restrictions yet due to insufficient height as monitored on Powers Lake, said town Chairman Bob Stoll.
  • Lakes Mary and Elizabeth (Twin Lakes): No restrictions yet. Levels are “probably more than an inch or two below” slow, no wake levels Friday morning, said village administrator David Cox.
  • Lilly Lake: No restrictions and none under consideration for now, said town Clerk Sheila Siegler.
  • Silver Lake: Slow no wake order placed in effect by village President Roger Johnson Thursday evening until further notice.
  • Lake George: Red flags for no wake are posted currently.

We will update with additional info when it becomes available. Check back! — Darren


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