Signs and bouys advising boaters to slow down and create no wake were installed on each side of the bridges on CTH M north of Chetek and on CTH D east of Chetek. The signs and bouys were paid for by the Chetek Chamber of Commerce, Walleyes for Chetek, Town of Chetek and the Chetek Resort Owners Association. The signs were installed for free by the Barron County Highway Department and nine bouys were put out by volunteers. Boaters speeding through the narrow areas erode the shoreline and create a safety hazard for kids and adults in the water in the swimming area north of the CTH M bridge. Boats must create no wake within 100 feet of shore. Jennifer Blatz, with the Chamber, asks people to not run over the bouys with their boats. “The DNR issues permits for the bouys, but they are taken out and put in by volunteers and paid for by local organizations,” Blatz said. Pictured above, putting up the new no wake signs on Wednesday, Sept. 1, were Matt Blatz, chamber volunteer, at left, and highway department workers Todd Boortz and Tony Posta, at right.

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