Enjoy the holiday, play it safe on or near the water; wear your life jacket - Mississippi River

Published July 3, 2014

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, reminds boaters to use extreme caution or refrain from boating on the Mississippi River at this time due to dangerous river conditions. Swimming or wading in the Mississippi River during these high river stages and swift current is highly discouraged. If recreating on or near the Mississippi River, wear your personal floatation device (life jacket) at all times. If you don’t own one, borrow, rent or buy a life jacket before engaging in river activities; it can save your life.

Please make visits to any recreation area safe and enjoyable. Taking water safety precautions saves lives. Have a fun and safe summer, learn to swim and remember to WEAR IT!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the nation’s largest federal provider of outdoor and water-based recreation, managing more than 400 lake and river projects in 43 states and hosting more than 370 million visits per year. With 90 percent of these recreation areas within 50 miles of metropolitan areas they provide a diverse range of outdoor activities close to home and to people of all ages. For more information on Corps recreation sites and activities, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.

Samantha Heilig

Release no. 14-040