Planning a Safe Trip
A variety of sources of information are available for paddlers to not only plan where they would like to put in and take out, but to also make river users aware of the conditions that impact river use and safety. Take advantage of these resources. Remember that all river users are responsible for their own safety and assume the risk inherent in river usage. So Paddle Smart, and Paddle Safe.
Water sports can provide enjoyable recreational experiences, but all river users must practice safe boating, including:
For any river trip paddlers need to assess their experience and skill level. Plan a trip commensurate with your experience and skill level.
Safety first! Follow these links to canoe and kayak safety information:
Education classes and materials. Follow this link to the American Canoe Association: www.americancanoe.org
Wear a PFD (personal flotation device) at all times.
Check river conditions, stream flow levels, and water quality information, and the Friends of the Red Cedar Facebook Page to determine if there is any other information that will help inform your trip.