No-Wake Restriction in Limbo

Fountain Lake Swim Area

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ALBERT LEA, MN — The cold weather has not been the only thing keeping tubers and skiers from the water in Albert Lea.

For almost the entire spring, Freeborn County has enforced a no-wake restriction on Fountain Lake. That means boats cannot go faster than when they are coasting, but earlier this week that was lifted.

The only problem is Friday morning’s storms may force the restriction to go back on soon.

”I highly expect between Friday morning’s rain and what we’re expected to get Friday night, it’s going to be back on really quickly. It takes anywhere from 12 to maybe 15, 16 hours to get an idea on one particular rain,” said Chuck Malepsy with the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

That is something that could keep some from coming to visit town.

“It does deter a few people, we’ve had incidents or situations where people come from out of town that don’t understand what the situation is,” Malepsy said.

He said Albert Lea Lake has never enforced a no-wake restriction so those looking to use the water could always use that lake. He said that is because of its large size and barren shoreline.

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