Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail

 Water Trail Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Always study the shoreline on the chart and review exit points. Plan your trip before you leave shore. Inform someone of your plans.
Practice your paddling skills and know what you are doing! Wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation device
Travel with a companion and make yourself conspicuous. Kayaks and canoes are not easily seen by larger boats.
Dress appropriately for the weather and for the water temperature. Hypothermia is a killer!
Be prepared for emergencies. Extra items to carry with you might include a paddle, rain gear, lights and a compass.
Respect private homes and property. Please take breaks only on publicly owned land or designated access sites.
Anticipate changes in the weather. Early morning fog is common. Use your common sense and use caution.

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This is the alarm call of the common loon. Boaters should stay 150 yards or more from loons.  Boating too near loons may cause them to abandon their nest or young. You can help conserve loons by enjoying them from a distance.