Life Jacket Loaner Program


Park visitors may borrow life jackets free of charge to use while at the river. Please use them and return them when you leave the water.

Life jackets available at the Tyler Bend Visitor Center and the Buffalo Point and Steel Creek information stations.

poster with information about borrowing a life jacket at the park
Borrow a life jacket. You may save the life of someone you love.

NPS poster

Swim Safe. Life jackets save lives.

The emergency instructions on an airplane tell you to put your own oxygen mask on first, then help your child.

Do you have on a life jacket so you can help your child if he/she falls in the river? Can you swim fast enough, maybe against the current, to reach him/her in time?

A child can drown in as little as twenty seconds.

Wearing a life jacket can allow time for a successful rescue.

photo of toddler girl modeling a yellow life jacket and straw ranger hat

It's great to cool off at the river on a hot day.

But remember: The river is not you backyard pool. The current can be swift and unpredictable. The river bottom may be uneven making steady footing difficult.
Inflatable toys, arm bands, loungers and swim noodles are fun to play with but they are not life jackets.

Wear a properly fitted, U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket while in or near the water. It might save a life.

Last updated: January 15, 2017

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