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Early Season Paddling

While daytime temperatures are rising, water temperatures may remain cold throughout the spring because of cool nighttime temperatures. Be prepared:

  • Check river levels often before planning your trip. Select a river with water levels suitable for you to safely enjoy based upon your individual or group’s level of experience.
  • Wear your life jacket – this is the single most important factor in surviving cold water immersion. Learn about cold water.
  • Let someone know the route you are taking, and when you expect to return.
  • Bring warm clothes and your cell phone in a dry bag, but know that some areas don’t have cell service.
  • See more paddling safety tips.