Safety guidelines

  • Hawks Nest staff strongly recommends that you wear of life jacket when on the water

  • Wear personal flotation devices

  • Do not stand up in your boat. Avoid weight shifts that may cause capsize.

  • If you capsize, stay on the upstream side of the boat

  • Balance your boat evenly and keep weight low for stability

  • Do not carry more weight or persons than your boat is designed to safely accommodate.

  • Diving can cause spinal injuries

  • No slapping the paddles or pushing off with paddles

  • No ramming of boats

  • Lean into obstacles if you hit one

  • Know where you are on the river and how to get help

  • Store ropes properly and do not tie people or pets to your boat

  • What you take in your boat may get wet or lost

  • Wear shoes and use a strap on eyeglasses

  • Carry beverages in non-breakable containers

  • Alcohol products (to minors) and drugs are illegal. The D.N.R. does monitor the water and can give you a citation.


personal behavior

  • Obey local rules and regulations. Use only public lands and access points.

  • Respect private property and wildlife. Never trespass to gain access.

  • Be considerate of others while on the water. Give anglers a wide berth.


leave no trace ethics

  • Dispose of waste properly. Never litter. Always pack out your trash.

  • Use portable toilet or other approved method to pack out solid waste and paper products.

  • Dispose of liquid waste 200 ft. from water, away from camps and trails.

  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces whenever possible. Minimize impacts to shore when launching, portaging, and scouting.

  • Consult Leave No Trace (www.LNT.org) and local resource managers for additional guidance.

  • Do not build campfires, except in established fire rings.