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Okoboji boating

Boaters move their crafts on the waters East Lake Okoboji in the Iowa Great Lakes on July 5, during a time in which boats were restricted to moving no faster than 5 miles per hour. The ruling, which lasted on all lakes for eight days, was put into effect in an effort to protect shoreline banks compromised by heavy rains that caused lake levels to rise.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The lakes-wide 5 miles per hour rule for East and West Lake Okoboji, put into effect July 3 amid regional flooding, has ended. 

According to a press release from Dickinson County Emergency Management, East and West Lake Okoboji are now under the 600-foot rule, in which boaters must travel 5 miles per hour or less within 600 feet of the shore. 

The same rule is also in effect in Big Spirit and Little Spirit Lakes. Upper Gar Lake has a permanent 5 miles per hour rule.

In Lower Gar and Minnewashta Lakes, where the 600-foot rule is in effect, boaters are encouraged to only go 5 miles per hour, due to their small size. 

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