Safety on the Red River:
All boaters should have a working knowledge of the basic maritime rules and regulations.
The law requires:
Coast Guard approved life jackets for all passengers.
Be water wise and wear yours while afloat.
Basic Rules & Regulations:
All boaters should have a working knowledge of the basic maritime rules and regulations. Maintain all required equipment in ship-shape condition and equip boat with a first aid kit. Do not overpower or overload your boat Always inform another person of your boating intentions – where you are going and when you intend to return. Stay ashore in threatening weather. Obey all fire safety rules when filling with gasoline. Gasoline vapors are explosive, and being heavier than air will settle in the lower parts of a boat. The law requires Coast Guard approved life jackets for all passengers. Be water wise and wear yours while afloat. Avoid navigating close to pile or rock structures. It is particularly hazardous to navigate immediately upstream or off end of dikes. Some dike ends and revetments are submerged and not visible. Yield the right-ofway to all large commercial tows. Avoid navigating in the vicinity of construction work or dredging operations. Avoid bridge piers, drift and snags when operating out of the buoyed channel. Very shallow water may reach well into the river, particularly in bends across revetments. Observe all port regulations. Navigate in the vicinity of port areas with caution. Always stay alert for other boats, fishermen, and partly submerged logs. Be courteous, watch your wake. Travel in buoyed channel. Don’t anchor in a buoyed channel. If your boat capsizes or swamps, hang on to it. Do not try to swim to shore. Swim the capsized boat toward safety. Land your craft headed upstream when operating in the current of the river. Downstream landings are dangerous in swift current.