The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory for the Arkansas River. Advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second. Even though flows have receded below that threshold, Corps officials urge boaters to always use caution when on the river, according to a news release.
Before setting out in a pleasure craft, dress for the weather, check flow conditions and file a float plan with friends or family. Wear a life jacket, and never operate a boat while intoxicated. Give commercial towboats an extra wide berth for safety’s sake. They are heavier than freight trains and not nearly as maneuverable as pleasure boats. It can take a towboat more than a half mile to stop.
Daily river information can be obtained at www.swl.usace.army.mil/Missions/WaterLevels.aspx or the Corps’ mobile App.