Canoeing and Kayaking Warnings and Safety Precautions
- The further you are away from a gaging station, the less reliable U.S.
Geological Survey real-time streamflow data are as an index of canoeing conditions.
- The river system may change rapidly due to precipitation or snowmelt. Summer thunderstorms may cause flash flooding.
- Recreationists should examine the area as a final safety precaution to determine river conditions.
- U.S. Geological Survey streamflow data on the Internet are provisional and subject to
- Always wear a personal flotation device.
- Avoid standing in a canoe or kayak.
- Be sure weight is centered and distributed evenly in the canoe or kayak.
- Avoid rushing water or rapids unless experienced.
- Bring an extra paddle.
- Carry a medical kit.
- If you capsize, stay with the watercraft.
- Notify someone of your plans and when you expect to be back.
Boating Safety Resource Center - from the U.S. Coast Guard
Water Safety Information - from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers