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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 revision.

  • 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

Additional Water Safety Information - from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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