EMERGENCY RULES LIFTED

Big Spirit & Little Spirit Lakes: Ended at 7:45pm on July 16
East & West Okoboji, Upper & Lower Gar, and Minnewashta: Ended at 9:00pm on July 20

Emergency Management Commission High Water Plan adopted May 2018

DCEM PhotoEmergency rule signs placed at area boat ramps by the Iowa DNR.DCEM PhotoOn June 26, 2018, the level of East & West Lake Okoboji rose above 6.05 feet on the USGS Gauging Station. Per the Dickinson County Emergency Management Commission’s No-Wake Policy put into place on May 15, 2018, the 300-foot no-wake (5 mph) zone is hereby extended to 600-feet from shore on East & West Lake Okoboji, Upper and Lower Gar, and Minnewashta Lake.

At the request of Lake Park Mayor John Engel, the 600-foot no-wake rule will also apply to Silver Lake at Lake Park.

At the request of Spirit Lake Mayor Bruce Keenan, the 600-foot no-wake rule will also apply to Center Lake. (Silver Lake and Center Lake do not have water gages so action levels cannot be set for these two lakes.)

Significant lakeshore damage and potential impacts to critical public infrastructure is possible during high water periods.  Boat wakes can cause damage to private and public property and boaters are asked to be mindful of their wake on all lakes.

At this time, lake levels on Big Spirit are just below the threshold set by the Commission and therefore the emergency 600-foot rule does not yet apply there. Emergency Management will continue to monitor the levels on Big Spirit and if the lake does surpass the level of 15.65’ on the gage, it will be implemented. Other lakes in the county will be monitored to determine additional steps.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is the enforcement agency for this emergency rule and will be placing signs at the public boat ramps. The 300 ft buoys will not be moved so boaters are asked to use these buoys as reference and double their distance from shore before increasing speed above 5 mph.

This emergency rule will remain in effect on East & West Okoboji, Upper & Lower Gar and Minnewashta lakes until the lake level drops below 6.05 feet and remains there for three days (72 consecutive hours). The rule will remain in effect for Silver and Center Lakes until further notice.

Questions may be directed to Emergency Management Commission Chair Bill Maas or Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Ehret.

West Lake Okoboji

East Lake Okoboji

Upper Gar, Minnewashta, and Lower Gar Lakes

Center Lake

Silver Lake

Michael Ehret
  DICKINSON COUNTY
  EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Dickinson County Courthouse
1802 Hill Ave, Ste B103
  Spirit Lake, IA 51360
43.422°, -95.103°
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