COLUMBUS – Ohio has experienced steady rains and rising waters in the past several weeks. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources urges Ohioans and visitors to avoid high, fast-moving water in rivers and streams.
Lakes, rivers and streams will remain high and swift moving, creating and concealing hazards. These conditions pose dangers for boaters, swimmers, paddlers and anglers.
High and fast stream currents, downed trees, undercut and eroded banks, debris and other underwater obstacles can be dangerous to people walking, wading or boating in or near a waterway.
ODNR recommends “scouting” a stream before launching a boat or wading in an unfamiliar area. Boaters are urged to file a float plan with a responsible person. Capsizing or falling unexpectedly into high, fast water can be life-threatening. Additional paddling safety information is available on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources webpage.
ODNR further advises Ohioans and visitors to properly wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating and when wading and fishing in rivers, lakes or streams.
Info from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.