New Slow – No Wake Ordinance on South Twin Lake in Robbinsdale
A new ordinance is now in effect in Robbinsdale making South Twin Lake a full-time, slow-no wake lake. The City Council adopted the ordinance in part due to erosion concerns, but the main reason is to make it a safe recreation area for all, as Mayor Bill Blonigan says, “This lake is a park for all people to share, and to use in harmony. A lot of people come here and visit this lake, and they want to be knowing that when they come here, and it’s bathing suit weather, and they’re on a human powered thing out there, that they’re gonna be safe, their kids are gonna be safe, and it’s going to be peaceful.”
Previously boaters had to observe the slow-no wake speed limit only between the hours of noon and 6pm. This ordinance now makes the restriction full-time. But for those who do want to go fast Blonigan says, “If you’re in a boat and you do want to go fast, go under the bridge, takes you three minutes, you’re at a place where you can go fast. It’s not a problem for anybody. It’s a good compromise.”
The new ordinance also makes it unlawful to exceed 5 miles-per-hour while going under bridges or through channels. The new speeds will be posted at the Three Rivers boat ramp on South Twin Lake.