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Safety

Suggestions:

 Be sure your boat and motor are in good condition and carry spare parts.

  • Required  equipment for your size boat is required, i.e. oars, bail buckets, throwable cushion.
  • Carry enough fuel, in approved fuel conatiners,  to be able to travel 99 miles. That the distance between Mineral Bottom (fuel stop) and MGM bottom (take out point).
  • Proper flame arrestor on motors.
  • U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required for each passenger.
  • Be sure to carry safety equipment such as a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.
  • Carry extra food.
  • Use wakeless speed in launching, fueling, and docking areas as well as passsing other boats and users of the river.
  • Avoid overloading your boat.
  • During low water the first 20 miles below Green River has some shallow sections.  Drift through areas where you’re in doubt about the depth.
  • Watch for rocks, sandbars, and driftwood.
  • It’s best to have 2 or more persons on board capable of driving the boat.
  • Don’t drink and drive.  Operating a boat while intoxicated is not only a violation of the law but it endangers your life and the lives of others on the Cruise.
  • Night travel on the rivers is not recommended.  If you must travel at night you are required to have the U.S. Coast Guard approved light system.
  • The Slide- After makeing the turn up the Colorado River from the confluence, in about 1 mile you encounter “the slide”.  The slide is a restriction in the river caused by a landslide many years ago.  It is the fastest water you will encounter on the river.  With little extra effort and alert driving, boats do not have trouble going through the slide.  However, we do insist cruisers take a few pecautionary measures pertaining to “The Slide”.  Cruisers must wear life jackets while going through the slide. Boats going up the slide have the right of way. Be aware that other boaters and rafters are on the river and may be coming down the slide at any time. Before you power up and go through the slide, make sure there is no raft or boat coming down.  Search and Rescue Boats will be stationed at the slide to insure safety and  assistance if needed.
  • Reminder – The Green and the Colorado are multi use rivers.  Please watch for various water craft.  (canoes, rafts, etc.)
  • Wakeless speed within 150 feet of other boats.
  • We urge you to be courteous and use caution at all times.
  • Always give a hand to a fellow boater in trouble.
  • If you need assistance, tie your boat where it can be seen on river and display a bright object such as an orange life jacket as high as possible.
  • DO NOT ENTER CATARACT CANYON. We have Seach andRescue Boats at the confluence, they will check to make sure you are aware of your position and direct you to begin your trip up the Colorado River.

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