Paddlesports have taken off!
Americans are paddling in record numbers, according to the Outdoor Industry Foundation. About 20-22 million Americans have paddled a canoe. A similar number have gone rafting.
Paddlesports are flexible, fun ways to be outdoors and stay in shape, but like any other water sport, safety has to be the top priority.
"The most important safety step paddlers can take is to wear a personal flotation device or life jacket when on the water," said Ron Jendro, FWP recreational boating safety administrator.
Other safe practices for paddlers recommended by the American Canoe Association include:
For more on paddlecraft fun and safety, go to the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov and click Recreation, Activities and Boating, Floating & Kayaking.