Slow-No-Wake Lakes Gaining Popularity
Slow-no-wake lakes are becoming targeted more often by prospective lakefront property owners looking to fullfill their dreams. There are a plethora of reasons why this is happening, but it all starts with affordability. The overall cost to buy a home, land, or summer cottage on a full recreation lake is becoming unaffordable for most people. Besides skyrocketing prices, property taxes are going through the roof, too. You may be able to get the property you desired, but you may not neccessarily be able to keep it. There are many more smaller lakes out there than bigger ones, and opportunities abound. It's basic supply and demand. Many buyers are seeing that, and the other benefits associated with slow-no-wake lakes, and are going that route.
Slow-no-wake lakes cause less damage to your shoreline. On larger lakes, the shoreline takes more of a pounding from high wind/high wave storm damage and the constant pounding of wake from boaters. Often times shorelines have to be repaired every few years. If the shoreline hasn't been riprapped already with rock, the chances of you getting a permit for that type of work is extremely low. Most state natural resource departments try to fray from that these days. They want a more organic approach to shoreline restoration. Slow-no-wake lakes take less of a beating from natural waves and boat wakes.
Slow-no-wake lakes tend to be safer. You can go out there in your canoe, kayak, paddle boat, paddle board, etc., and not ever worry about a boater, water skier, or jet ski operator giving you a wake from hell or possibly hitting you. You rarely even see motors being used on slow-no-wake lakes. Waves do not get as big on slow-no-wake lakes from storms/wind. And, when you see a storm coming, you can typically get off the water quicker because you're dealing with a smaller lake.