Water enthusiasts warned about river temperatures and debris

Kayakers on Maquoketa River in Manchester

Waverly, IA – RadioIowa – Water safety experts are warning canoers, kayakers and boaters that Iowa’s bodies of water have been slow to warm. Certified paddling instructor Darrin Siefken of Waverly says even though the air temperature feels spring-like, the water can be ice cold and dangerous.

Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in Iowa. Charles City has a world-class course built in 2011 and similar venues are under construction in Manchester and Elkader. Siefken instructs his students, before they hit the water, to let others know where they’re going and when they expect to return.

He warns that many rivers in Iowa are full of debris that has washed downstream and could cause navigation problems.