Water Safety


Rules and Regulations

The following are prohibited at fishing and boating access sites:
- Consumption or open container of alcoholic beverages
- Swimming or bathing
- Camping
- Open fires
- Discharge of firearms, fireworks or explosives
- Parking that obstructs ingress or egress, except when launching


Safety Tips

- Notify a friend or relative of your planned paddling route and return time
- Don’t depend on cell phone service as it is not reliable on the river
- Always wear a life jacket
- Be prepared for inclement weather
- Wear close-toed protective footwear
- Portage around obstacles if necessary
- If capsized, stay on the upstream side of the boat and float feet first while
  maneuvering to safety 


Practice Leave No Trace Principles

- Respect wildlife
          - View wildlife from an appropriate distance
          - Stay clear of nests and dens
          - Do not touch or feed wild animals
          - Do not allow pets to interact with wild animals
- Dispose of waste properly
          - Pack it in and pack it out (food, litter, solid human waste)
- Leave what you find
          - Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch, cultural or historic structures
            and artifacts
          - Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them
- Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species
- Be considerate of private landowners and other visitors



Plan Your Trip

Download the Cacapon and Lost River Valley Guide
Read about water trail segments
Explore place to go throughout the Cacapon Watershed

Learn about water safety
Discuss the trail