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Slow, no wake order lifted from Lake Monona, remains on Lake Kegonsa

November 16, 2018

The slow, no-wake order on Lake Monona will be lifted at noon Thursday, ending the ban that has been in effect since torrential rainfalls overfilled the Yahara River lakes beginning in late August.

Boaters venturing onto the lake before it freezes over will be able to travel at speed, so long as the boat is farther than 200 feet from the shore.

Slow, no-wake zones also were ordered on lakes Mendota, Waubesa and Kegonsa following the historic rains beginning Aug. 20. That night’s storm and rain through subsequent filled the chain of lakes to the brim with stormwater and flooded Madison’s Isthmus and shoreline neighborhoods in Monona. Slow, no-wake orders were lifted from lakes Mendota and Waubesa earlier this month but remain in effect on Lake Kegonsa.

Navigational and hazard buoys have been removed in preparation for winter, so boaters are advised to take caution.

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