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.