Many boaters will take their celebrations out on the water for the Fourth.
With increased boat traffic and current high-water conditions, Brown County is asking recreational boaters to use extra caution and remember to follow boater safety rules.
Dean Haen, Director of the Port of Green Bay.
The Fourth of July is a popular time for people to go boating and, with the weather finally being warm enough for people to enjoy time on the water, the waterways will likely be crowded during the next week.
Boaters should be wary of the high-water levels in the bay of Green Bay and the Fox River, which can hide navigational hazards that are normally visible.
This, coupled with fast moving water, can also make navigation a little trickier.
Boaters need to be aware of their surroundings since commercial ships will still be moving in and out of the Port on their regular schedule.
Whether you’re using a motor boat, sailboat, kayak or canoe, it’s important to stay a safe distance away from commercial vessels.
Remember, they can’t always see you and they cannot stop or change course as easily as a small recreational boat.
It’s recommended that recreational boats do not come within 100 yards of a commercial ship.”
Other safety reminders for boaters include the following:
- Carry an approved Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) for each person onboard a recreational boat. Make sure everyone onboard is either wearing the PFD or has easy access to one.
- Always travel at a safe speed and slow down when you see the signs for the Fox River Cleanup Project equipment.
- Follow all buoys, markers and signs and pay attention to the “No Wake” areas on the river.
- Do not mix boating with alcohol or drugs.
- Designate a lookout to identify obstacles that don’t necessarily appear on GPS and need to be located visually. These include, but aren’t limited to, man-made spoil areas like Renard Island, cleanup barges, navigational buoys, swimmers and other watercraft.