For those of us who like to get out on the region’s rivers for fishing or paddling, it’s been a frustrating several weeks. As I wrote in my column in today’s Roanoke Times, it’s especially frustrating for businesses, such as fishing guides and canoe liveries, that rely on the water.
You simply can’t put people on the river when conditions are dangerous.
Today’s paper also carried a story about a river tragedy. According to the story from our sister paper the Lynchburg News & Advance, a woman died while tubing on the James near Lynchburg. According to the company that set up the trip, river flows were within their normal safety parameters.
The American Whitewater Association maintains an excellent site for gauging river levels. Be sure to check it out before heading to the water. And always err on the side of caution. Rivers are inherently dangerous playgrounds even when the flows are normal and not raging. Be careful out there!