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Northern California District
Release Date: 06/20/11
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. CA-NC-11-57

BLM Stresses Safety for Susan River Recreation

Thanks to a heavy mountain snowpack, wet spring and quickly rising temperatures, the Susan River near Susanville is flowing higher, faster and colder than normal for early summer.  The Bureau of Land Management is advising anyone recreating on the river to be careful.

Those taking to the water in kayaks, rafts, canoes and even inner tubes should wear life jackets or life vests, helmets and shoes suitable for rocks and swift current.  They should be constantly alert for hazards.

“Trees that have fallen across the river are especially dangerous,” said BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Stan Bales.  “The current can move you quickly into a tree where you could become pinned or trapped in underwater branches.  It’s best to get out of the water and walk around these obstacles.”

Boaters should also watch for undercut boulders protruding from river banks, rocks in rapids, partially submerged trees and fast current.

Additionally, cold water can lead to hypothermia and delayed reflexes, both of which are very dangerous conditions.
A list of river safety guidelines is available at this BLM website:

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-20-2011