The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks joined Governor Kristi Noem in declaring no-wake zones within 300 feet of shore on four bodies of water in several counties Thursday night.
The governor signed an executive order affecting:
Lake Poinsett in Hamlin and Brookings County.
Lake Madison in Lake County.
Swan Lake in Turner County.
And Brant Lake in Lake County.
Boaters will be limited to a maximum of five miles per hour in those no-wake zones until further notice.
The order further declares no-wakes zones may be declared for three other bodies:
Lake Andes in Charles Mix County.
Lake Herman in Lake County.
And Wall Lake in Minnehaha County.
All are popular spots for fishing and pleasure boating. The intent is to protect land, homes and other property from wave action or extremely high water levels.
The order notes: “Motorboat usage and the resulting wave action on some of these waters will likely cause unnecessary and additional damage to private property or endanger public peace, health and safety of the citizens of this state.”
Governor Noem and Secretary of State Steve Barnett signed the order. The governor designated Game, Fish and Parks Secretary Kelly Hepler to assist in decisions regarding the order.
Hepler’s department has temporarily closed many public access areas along rivers and lakes already this spring because of flooding, heavy rains and high snowfall. Those can be found at https://gfp.sd.gov/pages/2019-flood-closures/.