Lake St. Clair rules on Thurston County agenda

Public hearing will address whether to continue no-wake zones and speed limits adopted last year

lpemberton@theolympian.comDecember 9, 2013 

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposed resolution that would continue emergency no-wake zones and a 5 mph speed limit when water levels are above 69.5 feet at Lake St. Clair.

The regulations would replace a resolution that was adopted last year and is set to expire at the end of the month.

“The public hearing is to consider whether to make the current restriction permanent or not,” said county manager Cliff Moore.

More than 60 people attended a public hearing Aug. 15 about shoreline permitting and the lake’s hydrogeology, according to a staff report in the board’s agenda packet.

“Many property owners commented on the shoreline erosion of their properties caused by high water and waves from recreational boating,” the report said. “However, many also expressed their desire to maintain the opportunity for recreational boating, especially water skiing.”

The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Room 280 of Building One of the County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia. For more information, go to or call 360-786-5440.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 @Lisa_Pemberton

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