Life Jacket Requirements

The following are life jacket requirements in Minnesota: State law requires children under 10 years old to wear a life jacket while a boat is underway. A readily accessible and wearable life jacket is required for each person onboard a boat, this includes canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and waterfowl boats. One Type IV throwable is required on boats 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) and must be immediately available. Personal watercraft operators and passengers must each wear a life jacket.

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Personal Watercraft Laws

Personal watercraft must travel at slow no-wake speed (5mph or less) within 150 feet of non-motorized boats, shore (unless launching or landing skiers directly to or from open water), docks, swim rafts, swimmers, or any moored or anchored boat. Operation of personal watercraft is allowed only from 9:30 a.m. to 1 hour before sunset. You may not weave through congested watercraft traffic, or jump the wake of another watercraft within 150 feet of the other watercraft. This includes other personal watercraft.

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Ice Out !

Arlen Bowen
April 5, 2016 started out rather dreary. Little sun and 27 degrees early in the morning made the day nippy. At sunrise, there was more blackish ice than open water. The wind hit 15 MPH later in the day and we were reminded of ole-man “winter”. Waves ripped down the long fetch, east to west, pushing surface water and ice west. The dense, but “warm”, 39 degree water was forced to the surface on the east end, only to mix with ice. Ice disappeared quickly that afternoon without the air temperature getting above 36.
The definition of “ice out” used here is when less than 10% of the lake has ice. And that day does not have to be warm and sunny. Some of us might use a less formal definition of ice out … perhaps when you see no ice from your kitchen window?
Ice out history gathered by SLA, since 1981, has the earliest date on March 25, 2012. The latest was on May 13, 2013. That difference spans 49 days, which is certainly not very certain. Nesting waterfowl and boat docks will certainly show up in less than 49 days.
Enjoy Spring.

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Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Recommended preventive practice includes the following:
Drain water from boat, motor, live well, bilge and bait containers. Travel with your boat’s drain plug removed.
Remove any plant parts or mud from all watercraft, as well as motor or trailer surfaces.
Don’t retain live bait in water from an infested lake [prohibited by state law, whether infested or not].
When possible, rinse watercraft and trailer with high-pressure water spray, or hot water of at least 140 degrees.
Avoid launching a watercraft in a different lake without drying for at least five (5) days after boating on infested waters.
By law, boat lifts and docks must be air-dried for at least 21 days before being transferred to another body of water.

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Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 18th.

The Annual Meeting of the Serpent Lake Association will be held on Saturday, June 18th at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. Registration and Coffee/Rolls will be from 8:00 – 9:00. The meeting will begin promptly at 9:00 and usually takes about 90 minutes. Please come to this important meeting to elect officers, learn about Serpent Lake and our association.

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