With river levels high, Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers safety tips for boaters:
Always use a personal flotation device that is properly fitted and designed for whitewater boating or paddling and wear a helmet.Dress accordingly. The air temperature may be hot, but the water is cold.Research and check current river conditions.Be confident you can handle the conditions you are paddling in.Raft with a buddy and avoid floating alone, especially during high flows.Do not attempt to stand up after a fall into swift water. Doing so may result in a foot entrapment. Swimmers should point their feet down river and swim to shore as soon as possible.Never leave children unattended by a river.Scout rapids and unknown sections of the river. Rapids change at varying water levels.