A long Fourth of July holiday weekend means that many people will be enjoying their favorite outdoor activities: The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner is alerting boaters to potentially dangerous conditions during the upcoming holiday weekend. Also, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reminds everyone who participating in outdoor recreation to take precautions to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Parks officials are warning boaters beware of high waters and fast-moving rivers and streams following the recent heavy rains. Boaters are advised to wear life jackets, carry essential safety gear, signaling devices and whistles... and ALWAYS let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. They say boaters should also refrain from drinking while boating.
The DEC says significant rains the past few weeks have raised waters to unusually high levels for this time of year. Rivers and streams have fast, powerful currents, and high waters can also wash logs, docks and other floating objects into rivers and lakes, creating potential hazards.
The following tips are recommended for outdoor recreation:
- Swimmers and waders should avoid swift currents, especially near waterfalls and rapids.
- Anglers and others recreating on the banks of streams and rivers should wear personal flotation devices.
- Paddlers and boaters should be aware and plan for faster currents. Watch closely for floating objects and be aware that logs, rocks and other obstacles that normally can be seen above water may be just below the water surface.
- Hikers and backcountry campers should be prepared for muddy conditions on trails. Wear waterproof footwear and gaiters and walk through - not around - mud and water to prevent eroding and widening the trails.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation in the Adirondacks and need assistance, or see someone in need of help, contact 518-891-0235, for the rest of the State 518-408-5850.