All outdoor recreational activities include risk, and boating is no different. Every time you step into a boat you accept this. You reduce this risk by wearing a life jacket and other appropriate safety gear, and learning the basic skill and knowledge to navigate the risks.
When you take a boat down a river, you offset the increased risk by taking more precautions. SCOUT THE WATERWAY BEFORE running it. All rivers are dynamic. Boulders move, trees fall, currents shift, and changing flows can increase or decrease difficulty.
The Marine Board works with local county sheriff's offices to review reported obstructions. Not every log or snag can be removed due to safety concerns or excessive costs. If an obstruction creates a serious hazard and cannot be mitigated, the Marine Board may choose to close the waterway to ALL boating.
Also...float toys, air mattresses, inner tubes and many rafts are not designed for use in rivers. They do not provide adequate flotation and puncture resistance. Using the right equipment, carrying the right gear, and gaining the necessary knowledge will help ensure your safety on the water.
Contact your local Marine Patrol Office to report an obstruction.
The Marine Board works with local county Sheriff's Offices and the public to report navigation obstructions. The Marine Patrol will investigate heavily boated areas and make recommendations to the Marine Board for mitigation. Not every log or snag can safely be removed. If law enforcement deem a waterway too dangerous for recreational boating, the Marine Director has the authority to close the waterway to boating.