Paddling the Q River

Please be sure to follow these rules of Safety:

Instructions for Stops          

  • Stops are marked with yellow paint and numbers along river.

  • Map of trail in on back page of this guide.

  • Familiarize yourself with the take-out options.

Water Safety                         

  • Paddle with a buddy

  • Have a float plan! Let at least one person back on shore know when and where you are paddling and when you expect to be back.

  • Wear your lifejacket.

  • Take a cellphone. Put it in a waterproof case.

  • Take ID with you.

  • Do not overload the canoe. Read the manufacturers suggested weight capacity and stay under the recommended weight maximum.

  • Check and secure all your equipment.

  • Be familiar with the route you are taking. Scout the area before undertaking a canoe trip.

  • Bring first aid supplies, insect repellents, and other appropriate gear.

  • Fasten all ropes so they cannot get entangled with vegetation or people.

  • Travel at safe speeds and always be alert.

  • Beware of overhanging trees, log jams, rocks, and other obstructions in the river channel.

  • Do not stand up in your canoe. This may cause the canoe to tip over.

  • Dress appropriately for the weather conditions and always prepare yourself for inclement weather. Get out of water before a storm hits. Wear water shoes. Do not paddle barefooted. You may have to get out and portage.

  • Do not trespass on private property.

  • Please be quiet. Do not disturb wildlife whenever feasible.