Early season paddling can be deadly without serious preparation. Never paddle alone! Let someone know your plan! Dress for the water temperature! In very cold water this means a dry suit or winter wet suit. Learn how to reboard. Learn about cold water. Pack your cell phone in a dry bag, but know some areas don’t have service. A personal locator beacon allows you to signal for help anywhere in the world. See also paddling safety tips. If you may encounter ice – read the ice safety web page.
Please check river levels before planning your trip. You may find that river levels in some parts of the state are running very high with travel not recommended. Select a river with water levels suitable for you to safely enjoy based upon your individual or group’s level of experience.
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