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Inland lakes running high, boating restrictions for some

A pair of lake chains in Northeast Indiana have been placed under boating restrictions courtesy of very high water levels. They are the Indian chain of lakes in LaGrange County and the West Lakes chain of lakes in Noble County. These chains include the following lakes:

Indian chain of lakes: Dallas, Hackenberg, Westler, and Witmer lakes

West Lakes chain of lakes: Jones, Steinbarger, Tamarack, and Waldron

The Indian chain of lakes (north) and West Lakes chain of lakes (south).
Officially, the DNR has placed what's referred to as an idle speed restriction on the lakes mentioned above. These restrictions are put into effect when surface water levels are high enough to enter structures along the lake's periphery when boats cause wake. 

Lake Maxinkuckee water levels since 2007.
The restrictions are in effect until further notice. It's not just those two lake chains experiencing higher-than-normal water levels, though. Lake Maxinkuckee in Marshall County is a lake monitored by the USGS. And, as of May 6th, the level is running higher than normal by a good amount. It isn't expected to reach a record level, but it is running high. Other lakes, such as Bass Lake, Koontz Lake, Lake Manitou, Lake Wawasee, and Diamond Lake, are likely running at least a little higher than normal for early May standards. There are no official charts or graphs for these lakes, however.

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