For Your Safety

• Carry a map of the river with you. Know the location of dams and other hazards.
• Use PFDs. PFDs save lives! Each boat must carry an approved personal life jacket for each person. State laws require children 12 years and younger to wear PFDs at all times.
• Be prepared for cold water. Wear your life jacket, stay fueled and hydrated, avoid cotton, pack extra layers in a dry bag, and know the symptoms and treatment for hypothermia
• Always secure your boat. Don't simply "beach" it. River flows are affected by operations at dams, and water levels can fluctuate several feet without warning!
• Be careful near dams. Buoys may not be present early or late in the season. Be aware of strong and changing currents.
• Watch for poison ivy which is particularly prevalent along the river in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Utilize produces like Technu to protect yourself.
• Don't drink untreated river water. Bring your own water, or plan to lter or boil river water before use.
• In an emergency, call 911.
• Cell coverage is not reliable. Do not let your life depend upon a cell phone for emergency use