Motorboats restricted in some Noble and LaGrange lakes

(Photo courtesy of Indiana Department of Natural Resources)

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has issued emergency orders to restrict motorboat operation at the West Lakes Chain in Noble County and the Indian Lakes Chain in LaGrange County until further notice because of recent flooding.

The West Lake Chain consists of Waldron, Steinbarger, Tamarack and Jones lakes.

The Indian Lakes Chain consists of Witmer, Westler, Dallas, Hackenburg and Messick lakes.

Regardless of whether a “Boating Restrictions” order is enacted, Indiana Conservation Officers encourage property owners to report all damages that are attributed to the recent flooding. An Indiana property owner can contact the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Joint Information Center, which is the central repository for all flood-related questions and claims. The preferred reporting method is online at or and select Damage Reporting under featured topics. If you do not have access online, they can be contacted 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at 317-238-1784.