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.
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.