Cold water greets spring paddlers

After a long winter many people in our area are itching to get out on the rivers, streams and lakes when the ice is out.

But the Iowa DNR wants to remind folks that there are some dangers that can come along with paddling in the early spring.

They say recent ice breakups can cause streams to gather with downed trees and debris, and even though the air temperature may be warming, the water temperature can still be dangerous.

“The water temperature at this time of year obviously is very frigidly cold yet. So a wet suit or a dry suit that’s able to withstand those temperatures is a must at anytime this time of year,” says Ben Bergman, Iowa Conservation Officer.

Besides that he says you should always wear a life jacket when paddling this time of year and let others know when and where you’re going.

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