- Children aged 12 and under MUST wear Coast Guard-approved lifejackets at all times when on the river.
- Jackets must fit appropriately, and be fully fastened to be effective. Wearing a life jacket is not just common sense, it is THE LAW.
- Lifejackets aren't just for kids. Any person paddling or boating MUST have their own US Coast Guard approved lifejacket or PFD onboard and readily accessible in case of emergency.
- All boaters must wear lifejackets on boats less than 16 feet in length and on canoes and on kayaks, from November 1 through April 30, to protect boaters from cold water shock if they fall into the water.
- Always wear your lifejacket on and in the water.
A Lifejacket Can't Save Anyone If All People Onboard Don't Wear One
If Your Canoe, Kayak, or Raft Should Break or Capsize, Remain Calm!
Paddling is Hot Work and May Tire You Out!
River hazards include strong currents, boat traffic, and strainers (obstacles that allow water to pass through them, but trap boats and people). Watch where you and your vessel are going.
Last updated: November 3, 2017