Summer water dangers

, Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, July 3 2014 at 2:53 PM, Updated: Thu, July 3 2014 at 3:58 PM

 Jackson County Sheriff's deputies are warning Southern Oregon boaters of changing environments around your favorite waterways this summer.

Sgt. Shawn Richards with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office points out troublesome spots along the Rogue River where high currents and drought are creating hazards for boaters.

Deputy Richards says,
        "If you see that log on the far right... there's some white marks on it, that's where a boat hit it this year."

Richards say's the past three years he's seen the river change.

"The current and the river moves rock around so the  navigational channels are always changing." Richards said.

Nearby, seasoned boaters are also noticing the trend.

Fisherman Doug Handel talked about the dangers of launching and docking at Touvelle park boat launch where drought conditions have made the water extremely shallow.

  "It's hard to come in there and idle, you have to kinda go fast on plane and then slow way down at the dock which is kinda dangerous."

With recreation picking up and temperature on the rise Richards says,

 "It's always busy."

Hoping people exercise caution in these changing waters.


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