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Group Making Waves Over Motor Boats At Lake Wheeler

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WAKE COUNTY, N.C. — Some people like to kick up the waves on a fast boat while others prefer the calm of kayaking and canoeing. Right now, both are allowed on Lake Wheeler during regular hours.

The Raleigh Rowing Club wants restrictions on wake production, which comes from how some motor boats are used on the lake. The rowers say some boats produce waves too strong and large for safe rowing, canoeing and kayaking.

An advisory board of Raleigh's Parks and Recreation department meets Monday at 7 p.m. to consider the the group's request for no wake hours.

Lake Wheeler is the only one of Raleigh's four lakes that allows motor boats. If the measure succeeds, some boaters said they will go to larger state-owned lakes, like Jordan Lake in Chatham County, and Falls Lake in Wake and Durham counties.

The meeting takes place at the Carolina Pines Community Center on Lake Wheeler Road and is open to the public.

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