Cool Forecast May Reduce Holiday Weekend Boat Traffic

Iowa DNRThe high temperatures for the Memorial Day weekend forecast are only expected to reach in to the low 70s, which may lead to fewer boaters on Iowa lakes and rivers for the long holiday weekend.

Susan Stocker, boating law administrator and education coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, said even with the less than ideal weather prediction, boaters should review Iowa boating laws and plan to have patience at the ramp and on the water.

“We may see fewer boaters out with the cool forecast, but it will still be plenty busy on the water,” she said.

One way boaters can stay on the water is by inspecting their vessels prior to heading to the lake.

“There are a few simple things boaters can do to have a safe weekend on the water and number one is to have a designated boat operator who abstains from alcohol,” she said. “Operators will also need to watch their speed and be on the lookout for others.”

She said boaters should make sure lifejackets are in good condition and the right size for each person onboard. Check the fire extinguisher, boat and trailer lights, whistle, and throwable floatation.

2013 is also a boat registration renewal year. Registrations were due April 30. Iowa has 235,000 registered boats.


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