Higher water levels spell risk for canoeing

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) –The summer rain has caused headaches for many adventure seekers this year.

According to Deron Castle, a worker at Mad Creek Adventures in Springfield, says it doesn’t take much for river currents to become faster.

“People don’t realize how strong this current is. As soon as you take it for granted, it’ll get you,” Castle added, “Every six inches or so that the river rises, it doubles the speed of the river.”

Castle has worked for different Miami Valley water adventure companies over the past 18 years. He says people sometimes take for granted how fast the current is.

“Yeah, they don’t, they see the water come up, they just want to get on it and think they’re going to have a faster ride.”

Castle says stronger currents equal less paddling, but also can wreak havoc if a person in a canoe ends up in the water.

“When you get out of the boat, that’s when it can be a whole lot worse for you,” Castle says.

Weather isn’t the only factor in being safe while on the water. Drinking while canoeing or kayaking can become a hazard.

“I wish people would think about what they’re bringing on the river more so than what they do. They’re floating the wrong things down the river.”

The company has been in its current location for almost 2 years now. And with downed trees in the river potentially causing a safety hazard to canoers, Castle says they always check the river for rising levels and any debris.

“We make ourselves responsible for it. We can’t safely float our customers without the river being safe and we’re the ones who take care of that. We do it ourselves.”


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