​Elkhorn River Safety Tips:
  • Always remember to have planned start/end time to your float and let someone know when you'll be back.

  • Bring Water! Dehydration leads to confusion and poor judgment.

  • Check local weather forecasts. Never float the river with inclement weather predicted, conditions can change fast!

  • River levels can change drastically in a matter of hours check the river levels at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/

  • Have fun but always remember to respect public and private Property.

Life jacket requirements:
  • Any child 16 or under is required by law to wear a CoastGuard approved PFD or life jacket at all times.

  • All others who are floating the river on a tube, kayak, or boat are required by law to have a Coast Guard approved life jacket within reach.

Water levels impact float times:
  • Normal water levels after the months of July are lower, expect longer float times.

What to do in an emergency:
  • Always have one or more in the group with a cell phone.

  • Keep your group together, know where you need to exit the river.

  • Call 911- state your last landmark, bridge, street sign or building you have seen. This information is critical to provide the rescuers.

  • In an Emergency situation find a location to stand and stay stationary. Wave arms above head to signal to rescuers you are in distress.