As water temperature dips, DNR urges caution for boaters

As the days grow shorter and the water temperatures dip, the Department of Natural Resources urges hunters, anglers, paddlers and all boaters to use extreme caution, especially when venturing out in small boats.

People on small boats, such as canoes, kayaks, and fishing boats, should take extra precautions to prevent being suddenly thrown overboard, swamped or stranded in rough, cold waters.

“Cold water robs body heat 25 times faster than air of the same temperature,” said Lt. Col. Greg Salo of the DNR’s Enforcement Division. “Should you find yourself in the water, righting your canoe or small boat and climbing back aboard is extremely difficult in muscle-cramping cold water. It’s best to not boat alone and to always wear a life jacket.”The content you are trying to access is only available to members. Sorry.

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