These are the tips you should know

From remembering your keys to taking out the trash, here’s what you need to know before you float

(currency) – The rivers that criss-cross central and northern California have been a summer destination for inner tubes for years. But like any body of water, it can be dangerous.

While most people heading to any of the state’s waterways know that safety should be top of mind, there are other things to keep in mind to make getting out on the water a smooth one.

Below are several tips the Clackamas County Parks and Forestry Manager shared with FOX40’s sister station currency to help keep floaters safe: tips that are relevant when floating any river.

1. Remember your keys

Floating the river often requires a parked vehicle at the beginning of a floating trip and a vehicle at the end. A fun day on the water can take a negative turn if the floats reach the end of their trip, only to realize they don’t have the keys to the parked vehicle at the end.

Bonus tip: Tom Riggs, manager of Clackamas County Parks and Forestry, says it’s good to check if there are shuttle services that can provide transportation to tubers and some people have been using taxi or ride-share services to avoid parking a car at the end of his carriage.

2. Take note of float times

The trick to requesting a ride to pick you up last is knowing your float times. The strategy can work very well as long as people know how long it will take to get from point A to point B. Riggs said that as the water gets shallower later in the summer, floats take longer, and that’s important to have. consider.

“A float that may have taken a certain amount of time one week could be different the next week,” he said. “So you have to plan ahead and make sure you can get out of the river in time.”

3. Don’t get towed

Riggs recommends that people start floating earlier in the day, as any cars left in park lots or other places are at risk of being locked out overnight or even towed away.

Clackamas County spokeswoman Kimberly Webb also warns floaters that waiting until 4 p.m. to get to a park isn’t the best idea. Parking lots fill up quickly and people may not be able to find a place to park. It is best to arrive early in the day.

4. Pack out the trash

Pack it up, pack it up: It’s the classic phrase taught to campers and the same guideline applies to floating down the river. Any food or drink brought in on a float must come out of the river with floats. It might not be a bad idea to tie a garbage bag to your inner tube to store items. Floaters are asked to respect private property along the river.

5. Transport empty

Like garbage, empty bottles and cans must leave the river. Alcohol is not allowed in county parks, but anyone who comes across discarded bottles and cans is asked to remove them. It is never a good idea to take glass bottles to the river. They can break and pose a danger to other people in the water. Not to mention they could burst someone’s pipe!

6. Be prepared

Just because you’re in an inner tube doesn’t mean you don’t need to wear a life jacket. Clackamas County reminds people that life jackets save lives. People should also have a whistle in case they need to call for help.

Riggs said one of the most important things he would ask people to do is be prepared to walk through shallow water with their inner tubes. Pipes often burst in shallow places.

“Every weekend, we have people who go out and buy inflatable pool toys to basically float down the river and every weekend, they throw them in the dumpster at the other end because they have a hole in them,” he said. he said she.

Bonus tip: Webb wants people to stay safe on the water without using drugs or alcohol. These intoxicants can disorient people, making it easier for them to drown. Individuals must also have swimming and survival skills before floating in the river and must supervise non-swimmers.

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