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Photo by Sara Giles/USFWS.

Photo by Sara Giles/USFWS.

Know Before You Go
Recreational Safety – Best Practices

Whether you and your family are out in winter or summer conditions, it is important to stay safe while you are out adventuring. Keep these best practices in mind as you plan your next outing:

  • Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately
  • Dress in layers regardless of the time of the year
  • Plan your route and be comfortable reading your map
  • Share your route and travel plans with someone, along with a timeline for when you plan on returning
  • Go with a friend or group
  • Bring a rescue whistle
  • Use extra caution if traveling on frozen rivers, especially during spring breakup

By Tina Shaw

Last updated: April 10, 2014