ST. PAUL, Minn. –As we begin our 4th of July celebrations across the Upper Midwest, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, wants to remind everyone to celebrate it safely, especially near the water.
As COVID-19 continues to change plans and traditions, boating and swimming are becoming better opportunities to enjoy the summer while practicing social distancing. There are several great areas to get out on the water whether you are looking for a leisurely float on a lake or a chance to catch a walleye on a river. Regardless of your plans, Corps staff want to remind everyone to do it safely and to always wear your life jacket.
In addition to the 4th of July, Corps staff want to remind everyone that this weekend is Operation Dry Water, a water safety and boating safety campaign created by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. This means more law enforcement will be on the water patrolling to ensure you are safe and sober while operating your boat. Remember, drunk boating is drunk driving.
Finally, here are a few additional tips to ensure you are safe while on the water:
- Carry a marine radio – tuned to channel 16, designated as the international distress frequency;
- Carry an appropriate-sized anchor – the anchor should be able to still your vessel, with enough line to remain secure at alternate depths;
- Observe restricted areas – set at 600-feet upstream of a dam and 150-feet below; and
- Be courteous of other vessels – especially commercial tows, which will be more prevalent on the water and take up to a quarter-mile to stop.
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Release no. 20-058