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How to float the Lower Payette River

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Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 4:00 am

It’s summer and time to get out on the water. The Lower Payette River is inviting, cool and full of nature. Invite other people and go as a group but don’t forget essentials like a flotation device or safety vests.

You will need to prepare a list of items ahead of time so you don’t forget them. Bring inner tubes or River Rats floatation device to fit your body, sunglasses, a hat, tennis shoes or water shoes, a trash bag and cooler attached to the tube. Bailing twine works great for tying on items. If you have never floated the river, find someone who has the experience of it. Many enter at the Plaza Bridge so tag along with an experienced group. Seasoned floaters recommend those who float need to be good swimmers. 1. You will need vehicles at both the input area and the take out area. 2. Keep your towels and an extra pair of shoes in the take out area vehicle. 3. Don’t forget to take the car keys. They need to be secured so not to be lost in the river. 4. Buckle everyone securely into their flotation vest. 5. Do not bring valuables and lock your vehicles. 6. Use large amounts of waterproof sunscreen to exposed body parts. Take it along to reapply.

Want to know more about this? Read the June 26 print edition of the Messenger Index on news stands or at the MI office, 120 N. Washington Ave. Call 365-6066 for more information.

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