SALEM — The Oregon Marine Board advised paddlers, rafters and tubers to look out for trees and other river obstructions.

While the trees benefit fish, they can prove a risk for people on the river, according to the written statement from the Marine Board, and some obstructions will become more dangerous as river levels drop, requiring people to portage around them.

“We urge every boater to plan ahead, prepare carefully, check the online resources, and scout each section of river before boating through it,” said Randy Henry, boating safety manager for the Marine Board. “Life jackets are crucial, but may not help if a boater gets entangled in a submerged tree.”

Henry urged several more precautions, including using the Marine Board’s obstruction web page to see where there are reported obstructions, and filling out a float plan and providing copies to let others know where you are boating and when to expect your return.

Check out the Marine Board’s “Paddling Oregon Safely” brochure for more tips and information at boatoregon.com.

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