Heading to the water? Know these safety tips

With the weather warming up, now’s the time to start preparing for safe and fun water recreation. Use our graphic (below) for tips to help you enjoy your favorite water adventure on DNR-managed lands while preserving both Washington’s landscapes and yourself.

DNR-managed lands offer a wide variety of boating opportunities, such as catch-and-release fly-fishing on Merrill Lake, kayaking the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, and sea kayaking to Cyprus Island.

Follow these tips for safe and fun water recreation on DNR-managed land.
Follow these tips for safe and fun water recreation on DNR-managed land. (CLICK image to enlarge.)

 

Don’t let warmer weather mislead you, water temperatures are cold. Before heading out for a day on the weather, remember to dress for the water, have a life vest, and be prepared for changes in weather. For safety information check out our sister agency’s  boating program and check in with your region’s DNR office for local conditions:

Kayakers take advantage of nice weather to paddle around in puget sound. Photo: DNR.
Kayakers take advantage of nice weather to paddle around in puget sound. Photo: DNR.

Northwest Region (Bellingham, Everett, Sedro Woolley) 360-856-3500

South Puget Sound Region (Olympia, Enumclaw, Seattle) 360-825-1631

Olympic Region (Olympic Peninsula, Forks, Ocean Shores) 360-374-2800

Pacific Cascade Region (Long Beach, Vancouver, Castle Rock) 360-577-2025

Southeast Region (Ellensburg, North Bend, Yakima) 509-925-8510

Northeast Region (Okanogan, Colville, Methow) 509-684-7474

For more information, check out our guide to safe and fun recreation on DNR-managed land.

DNR sustainably manages 3 million acres of state trust lands to earn revenue for trust beneficiaries (i.e. money for schools, hospitals, emergency services, and lots of other services Washingtonians need), provide wildlife habitat and help you access water (and land-based) outdoor adventures.

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