Early Spring Boating

You’ve been pent up all winter and spring arrives suddenly. The temperatures jump into the 60s and 70s, the waters opened up and you can’t wait to get out there. There are a couple of things to consider before you head out. The water temperature is in the 30s which means the air temperature on the water is also in the 30s. Dress accordingly.

If you are in a small boat safety should be your top concern. You have less than 15 minutes in the water at that temperature if you capsize and there are fewer if any people on the water to rescue you. Stay close to shore and be mindful of the wind. If it is windy or the wind is going to pick up ( listen to the weather ) plan on boating where you will find some protection. Rivers, small ponds and protected bays are great early spring boating spots. Plus they warm up faster. By all means enjoy the early boating season but be mindful of the hazards.