The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lifted a small craft advisory for the Arkansas River on May 11. Small-craft advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second. While flows receded, 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. Always 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, according to the release.
More information about the Corps and daily river data can be found at www.about.me/usacelittlerock.