Local lakes under no-wake policy

Boaters on area lakes are being asked to exercise a no-wake policy through Wednesday next week.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department made the request in light of the heavy rainfall the area has received in the past week. A department media release indicated lake, stream and river levels are excessively high, making activities such as fishing and boating more hazardous than usual.

Wakes created on high lake levels have the potential to cause shoreline damage, and docks and boats could come unattached, causing dangerous floating obstacles.

The owner of a vessel operated on waters in Michigan is responsible for damage to life or property resulting from a wake or swell created by the negligent operation of a watercraft.

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