Paddling the St. Marys
- Check the weather before you leave.
When the weather is cooler, wear quick drying clothes and take layers. Avoid wearing cotton. Staying dry and warm makes a trip a lot more fun when it is cold outside.
- Check the water levels within the river before you head out. Higher water typically means the river will be muddy and flows might make paddling difficult. Low water can create more obstacles to maneuver within the river.
- Let someone know where you are going and when you will likely be home.
Be prepared to stay out longer than you expect. Unexpected water conditions or taking a more leisurely float might make your trip longer than you thought. Average paddling rate is roughly 3 miles per hour.
- Check the gauge of the section you plan to paddle. Not advised to paddle at flood stage. DANGER swift water!
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