Marine board warns boaters of low water levels in rivers, lakes

Marine board warns boaters of low water levels in rivers, lakes »Play Video
Obstructions in the North Santiam River near Jefferson (Photo: Oregon Marine Board).

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Oregon Marine Board is warning boaters about low water levels in many lakes and rivers this summer.

The low water could expose potentially dangerous hazards like stumps, rocks and logs that could damage boats, the board said.

The levels are low because of lower rainfall amounts and less snow pack last winter.

The board is urging boaters to plan ahead and scout waterways before heading out on the water.

"No matter where you boat, most of our rivers and lakes will have obstructions that may not have been a problem earlier in the summer," said Ashley Massey, Oregon State Marine Board spokeswoman. "Water levels are changing quickly, so boaters need to assess the waterway each time they go boating."

Boaters can check the Marine Board website to see what's been previously reported.