DNR launches site to post lake restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) The state’s Department of Natural Resources has launched a website where it says it will list boating restrictions or closures of lakes.

The page, located at dnr.IN.gov/boatingadvisories, will aim to keep the public and property owners in the loop with current conditions on area lakes, the department said. It comes after a rainy season which forced speed restrictions on several area lakes in northeast Indiana.

The department said its Law Enforcement Division uses an established policy based on conditions and the specific lake to guide it’s recommendations. The decisions come from a joint investigation between that division on an Indiana Conservation officer, and from there, the director of the Department of Natural Resources makes an approval.

The director can restrict boats to the daytime, limit them to idle speeds, close all motorboating, close makes to boats altogether and make any other restrictions depending on unusual conditions.

Once a temporary order is put into place, conservation officers monitor water conditions and study weather forecasts.

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