Boating activity is usually high during Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of summer.
However, drought and heat have taken their toll on river levels, including those in north Iowa.
That’s Jacob Fulk, DNR Conservation Officer for Floyd and Mitchell counties, where the Cedar River runs through both counties.
Fulk adds he’s unsure if the river levels are at historic lows, but says they’re low enough to cause issues for boaters if they’re not observant.
Fulk says boaters can also monitor river gauges for water levels before putting the boat in the water. He also reminds boaters that there must be a lifejacket for everyone on your boat, with kids 13-and-under required to wear their life jackets at all times.
And with temperatures forecast in the 90s all weekend long, alcoholic beverages combined with the rocking of the waves can have more impact on your body, so drink plenty of water.