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Canoe Safety


Righting a Tipped Canoe

The risk of swamping your canoe can be greatly minimized by loading it carefully, using paddling techniques that enhance stability and maneuverability, and knowing when to stay off the water. But a key part of canoeing safety is being prepared for the worst–don’t wait until you and all your gear are swimming in the lake to figure out how to get out of such a messy situation.

> Righting a tipped canoe



Inclement Weather: Lightning and Thunderstorms

Weather changes often and quickly in canoe country, particularly in the North. It’s not unheard of to wake up to a sunny day and find yourself in the middle of a storm by afternoon. Knowing how to cope will help you stay safe and leave you ready to continue on with the rest of your trip once the bad weather passes. Reading Basic Essentials: Weather Forecasting, by Michael Hodgson will help you learn to read the weather, and researching safety will help you stay safe.

> Lightning



Inclement Weather: Wind Storms

The infamous July 4th storm that leveled parts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in 1999 wreaked havoc not with lightning or fires, but straight-line winds. Canoe country storms are increasingly accompanied by strong winds, the precautions for which are sometimes different than those of lightning. Read Our Wounded Wilderness: The Great Boundary Waters Canoe Area Storm by Jim Cordes to get a better understanding of high wind storms and their dangers. And, for weather forecasting we suggest Basic Essential Weather Forecasting by Michael Hodgson.

> Our Wounded Wilderness: The Great Boundary Waters Canoe Area Storm

> Basic Essential Weather Forecasting




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