Large wakes created by watercraft have the potential to result in negative environmental consequences such as shoreline erosion, impaired water quality, and loss of shoreline vegetation which helps to stabilize the shore and provides habitat for fish and wildlife. These impacts are increased when water levels are high and shorelines are saturated. In order to preserve our lakes boaters need to be aware of how their actions have a direct impact on the environment. The following information will help you Own Your Wake and be a responsible boater. Have a safe and fun lake experience.


Under Minnesota law, the damage your wake causes is treated the same as damage caused by an actual collision. You may also be held accountable for injuries due to your wake.

Slow/No Wake Zones

On Crooked Lake Chain, the following Slow/No Wake Zones are established at all times:

  • slow/no wake zones

Boating Tips to Reduce Environmental Impacts

Be aware of your environment and what’s going on around you – this applies to everyone on and around the water. The following tips will help reduce environmental impacts.

  • Backing a boat up to lakeshore can damage the area and lead to erosion.
  • Travel slowly or avoid boating in shallow waters. Suspended sediment can reduce water quality such as releasing phosphorus into the water column that can result in algae blooms.
  • High speeds near shorelines lead to large wakes that cause shoreline erosion. It may reduce vegetation needed to stabilize the shoreline or provide habitat for fish or wildlife.
  • Minimize repetitive passes. Once you’ve run a line, move on to another area.
  • Comply with all buoys, signs and respect barriers, and any high water declarations and rules in effect.

Please respect the rights of others so everyone can enjoy their time on the water – keep the noise down, be courteous to other boaters, and show consideration to all recreationists on and around the water. Be extra aware of your wake when operating near shore or when water levels are higher than usual.

Learn More from the Minnesota DNR