WATER SURFACE USE ORDINANCE
STATE OF MINNESOTA
COUNTY OF SHERBURNE
TOWNSHlP OF PALMER
ORDINANCE NO. 115
AN ORDINANCE REGULATING THE SURFACE USE OF BRIGGS LAKE CHAIN
Be it ordained and enacted by the Palmer Township Board, State of Minnesota that the newly enacted
ordinance, upon its enactment becomes an ordinance No. 115
Section 1: PURPOSE, INTENT AND APPLICATION: As authorized by Minnesota Statutes 86B.201, 86B205,
and 459.20, AND Minnesota Rules 6110.3000-6110.3800 as now in effect and as hereafter amended, this
Ordinance is enacted for the purpose and with the intent to control and regulate the use of the
waters of Briggs Lake Chain in the Township of Palmer Minnesota, said bodies of water being located
entirely within the boundaries of Palmer Township to promote its fullest use and enjoyment by the
public in general and the citizens of Palmer Township in particular; to insure safety for persons
and property in connection with the use of said waters; to harmonize and integrate the varying uses
of said waters; and to promote the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Palmer
Section 2: DEFINITIONS: Terms used in this ordinance related to boating are defined in M.S.
86B.005. "Slow-No-Wake" is defined by Minnesota Statute and Rule as the minimum speed necessary to
operate a watercraft but no more than five (5) miles per hour (See Minn. Stat. 86B005.sub.16a or
Minn. R. part 6110.3700 for exact definitions).
Section 3: SURFACE ZONING OF BRIGGS LAKE CHAIN BY RESTRICTING SPEEDS DURING CERTAIN HOURS.
(A) Slow - no wake speed 24 hours per day when the lake level on Briggs Lake, Rush Lake, and
Lake Julia exceeds 964.2 feet, elevation, datum: NGVD 29, as measured by the gauge established
and maintained by the Palmer Township Board. Said gauge shall be recertified each season
before high water events begin or at such times as the Board determines. Such restrictions shall
become effective upon posting or on a specified date as determined by the Board, whichever is
later. All public watercraft accesses shall be posted prior to and during the time restrictions
are in place. In addition, notice of said restrictions shall also be posted at the Palmer Town
(B) When high water levels have subsided and have remained below an elevation of
964.2 feet above mean sea level for three (3) consecutive days, said restrictions shall be promptly
Section 4: CHANNEL RESTRICTIONS: Slow-no wake speed shall be enforced with in the water way
between Briggs Lake and Lake Julia; between Briggs Lake and Rush Lake and the Briggs Lake Bijou
Area throughout the open water season no matter what the water elevation. Water marker buoys shall
mark the beginning and end of said channel.
Section 5: ENFORCEMENT: The primary responsibility for enforcement of this ordinance shall rest
with the Sherburne County Sheriffs Department. This, however, shall not preclude enforcement by
other licensed peace officers.
Section 6: EXEMPTIONS: All authorized Resource Management, Emergency and Enforcement Personnel,
while acting in the performance of their assigned duties are exempt from the foregoing
Section 7: NOTIFICATION: It shall be the responsibility of the Palmer Township to provide for
adequate notification of the public, which shall include placement of a sign at each public
watercraft access outlining essential elements of the ordinance.
Section 8: PENALTIES: Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this Ordinance shall be
guilty of a Misdemeanor.
Section 9: EFFECTIVE DATE: This Ordinance shall be in effect from and after the date of its passage
Section 10: REPEAL: Upon adoption and publication of this Ordinance, Palmer Ordinance No. I 04