Boat-Generated Wake and Propeller Wash

Impacts on Minnesota Lakes


A Project of SAFL's Healthy Waters Initiative



This initiative focuses on conducting robust research on Minnesota's lakes and rivers. Our Phase I project began in fall 2020 and focused on characterizing the wake waves of various recreational boats. The report was published February 2022 and can be found here. Our Phase II project will focus on characterizing the propeller wash of recreational boats under various usage scenarios.


Thank you Phase II Major Donors!

Tonka Bay Marina, Tonka Bay, MN - $30,000

Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, MN - $10,000

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association- $10,000

Joseph N. and Leslie Ross Shneider Foundation - $10,000

Greater Lake Sylvia Association, Annandale, MN - $7,500

Whitefish Area Property Owners Association, Crosslake, MN - $7,500

Gull Chain of Lakes Association, Pequot Lakes, MN - $5,000

Minnesota Coalition of Lake Associations - $2,000

Crow Wing County Lakes and Rivers Alliance, Pequot Lakes, MN - $2,000

White Bear Lake Conservation District, White Bear Lake, MN - $2,000

Citizens for Sharing Lake Minnetonka, Crystal Bay, MN - $1,000

Plus over 70 donations from individual and organization