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Applegate Lake's watercraft speed limit won't budge

Jet Skiers and waterskiers won't be crisscrossing Applegate Lake any time soon.

The Oregon State Marine Board has denied a request to lift the lake's 10 mph speed limit, keeping the 33-year-old restriction intact.

Water-skiing enthusiasts had sought to lift the limit so Jackson County's second largest reservoir could be a skiing alternative to congested Lost Creek and Emigrant lakes.

But the vast majority of Applegate users as well as the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest opposed the change because of its potential effects on low-impact recreation here.

The Marine Board unanimously denied the petition during its Thursday meeting in Salem.

— Mark Freeman