Hazardous River Conditions
Before setting out, you should know the
flow condition of the river. To check flow conditions, click
on links below. During high flows, the fast current may draw
the unsuspecting paddler/rafter into other hazards.
These include entrapments in floating debris such as logs, sweepers
A sweeper is an overhanging branch or tree whose branches extend
into moving water from above. Running into a sweeper will
push a raft over or could push and hold the rafter below the
surface of the water.
A strainer is a tree of branches under the surface of moving
water. A rafter could become pinned against a strainer.
Submerged hazards, such as rock, logs and other debris, are not
easily seen in turbulent water. A collision can cause the
raft to upset; or the rafter may be injured in the collision.
Once out of the raft, the rafter may be overcome by the current or
pinned by the raft.
Flow Condition Links