Swimming Safety Tips

Staying Safe

Children should wear life jacketsPlease follow all water safety warnings and these state park swimming safety tips:

  • Learn to swim.Formal lessons can help protect swimmers from drowning. Children swimming in lakes and rivers should wear life jackets.
  • Closely supervise children. It only takes a moment for a child to slip below the surface. Drowning is the second leading cause of ac­ci­den­tal death among children.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Lakes, rivers and streams are natural environments. Watch for sudden drop offs, changing bottoms and unseen limbs, rocks, and other objects.
  • Stay hydrated. Take breaks, wear sunscreen, drink water and avoid alcohol.
  • Never swim alone. Even experienced swimmers can get tired or experience muscle cramps. Having a buddy helps.
  • Assess your skills. Avoid taking chances. If you do not know how to swim, stay out of the water, even with a raft or an­oth­er flotation device.
  • Swim only in designated areas. Park leaders make careful decisions about the safest and best places to swim.

Consider Currents

  • Water can look calm on the surface, but be aware of currents under the surface. In a lake, river or ocean, underwater currents can put you in danger. If you are caught in a current, swim with it until conditions are calm enough for you to reach safety.

On the River

  • Be aware of changing conditions. Swift currents from flash flooding can happen in an instant. If you notice water rising, turning muddy or changing, leave immediately.

Wind, tide and currents can contribute to water conditions. If you have questions or concerns about water safety, please ask park staff.

In Case of Emergency

If anyone is in danger, please contact a park ranger or call 911 immediately.


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