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Starting Wednesday, April 15, the waters of Lake Lowell will open to boaters, but with some new regulations in place this season.

A new management plan for the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge outlines some of these regulations, such as additional no-wake zones on the east and south ends of the lake and through the Narrows. The no-wake zones force boaters to slow down for wildlife in the area, like osprey, bald eagles and grebes. 

According to a news release from the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, there aren't any on-water closures for seasonal nesting, but as wildlife begin their nesting seasons, closures could be implemented. The 15-year refuge management plan allows continued recreational activities on and around Lake Lowell, including fishing, hunting, boating, hiking and environmental education programs, while making improvements to wildlife habitat.

Along with the waters opening up to boaters on Wednesday, the refuge will also re-open the Lower Dam Recreation Area and all boat ramps. 

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