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Boating restrictions deactivated on Zone 5 of Suwannee River

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Last zone means boaters free to speed up

Santa Fe River floodwaters at the Three Rivers gauge fell below 17 feet Tuesday, June 10, allowing deactivation of boating restrictions in effect since March 19.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) lifted the idle-speed, no-wake restriction on this area, Zone 5, which runs from River Rise in O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River. This 32-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet, as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.

“All the zones on the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers have been deactivated,” said Maj. Andy Krause, regional commander at the FWC’s Lake City office.

In addition, Levy County boat ramps were reopened on Friday, June 6, after having been closed since late March.  

An idle-speed, no-wake restriction means a vessel must proceed at a speed no greater than what is required to maintain steerageway and headway in that river zone. At no time is any vessel required to proceed so slowly that the operator is unable to control it or anything it may be towing.


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