Water Safety Weekend

ranger teaching child about life jackets

Join us for the 2019 Water Safety Weekend

May 25-26, 2019


A frantic call for help, shocked and shattered family and friends standing on the riverbank, an agonizing search for a victim's body by park rangers and rescue personnel. It is the sad but true reality that every spring we prepare for this tragic, unnecessary, and easily preventable scenario in our beautiful area parks and waterways. Every Memorial Day Weekend the National Park Service at New River Gorge National River and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Bluestone Lake presents their annual Water Safety Weekend to help visitors safely prepare for the season's activities on area rivers and lakes.

young visitor with a water safety tee shirt

Each Ranger-led activity is designed to demonstrate simple water safety practices that everyone can use to protect their family and friends when recreating in or around area waterways. Proper fitting and use of a PFD (personal flotation device) or life jacket, boating safety on whitewater, flat-water, and lakes, plus safe ways to wade, fish and swim, will be highlighted.

The mission of the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not only to protect and manage our public waterways, but to protect and educate visitors on safe enjoyment of these beautiful public lands. All programs are FREE. Stay safe on the water!


Saturday, May 25

Water Safety Roundup

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Lansing.
Can you throw a water rescue bag to save a life or make sure you’ve got the best life jacket for you? Try your hand at these water safety techniques - from the safety of land.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Water Safety Festival

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
“The Pits” boat-launch area on Bluestone Lake, Route 20, Hinton.
This hands-on festival for all ages features watercraft safety, life jacket fittings, water rescue demonstrations, and much more. See how you can put these smart water safety tips into action at every turn.

Last updated: May 20, 2019

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