Reminder: Flags

Just a reminder about Safety Flags:

  • In the left-hand menu on this website (or the bottom of the mobile app), there is a “flag” indicator that is updated in (semi) real time as the river level and water temperature change. The indicator is color coded to match the safety flags we display above the desk at the launch site (red, yellow, blue, brown). See this page for Safety Flag meanings.
  • The website “flag” is for guidance. It is changed automatically based on data retrieved periodically from the USGS site. “Flags” displayed on the website cannot take into account conditions that are not related to water level and temperature. Conditions observed at the river may necessitate a more restrictive flag posted at the desk (e.g., heavy debris).
  • Flags flown at the desk always take precedence over the website.
  • Any member encountering what they consider unsafe conditions may post a flag and must write in the log book why it was posted and by whom.
  • Only a board member may remove or downgrade a flag.
  • If you arrive at the site and find a flag you feel is posted erroneously, or perhaps posted when conditions were worse and have since improved, contact a board member to have it downgraded.
  • If you are in doubt about your ability or the river conditions, err on the side of caution, and don’t go out.