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Stay safe while enjoying water activities

Photo by Natalia Zurita -- A lifejacket is a necessity for all those who plan on boating, skiing, canoeing or kayaking. Always leave the water if inclement weather approaches.
Photo by Natalia Zurita — A lifejacket is a necessity for all those who plan on boating, skiing, canoeing or kayaking. Always leave the water if inclement weather approaches.

Whether you enjoy swimming, boating or rafting, Rexburg, Idaho, and its surrounding areas have something to offer.

According to the Madison County Parks and Recreation website, there are two parks in Madison County that offer access to the Snake River: Twin Bridges and Beaver Dick. If you are willing to travel, you also can go to Henry’s Lake or Lava Hot Springs. You can also go to Rexburg Rapids, a local waterpark.

Some strategies that you can use to avoid danger while on or near the water.

According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation website, “Be knowledgeable of the water and environment you are in and its potential hazards. Be aware of deep and shallow areas, currents, changes in depth and obstructions. Know where the entry and exit points are.”

The Outdoor Resource Center (ORC), which is located beneath the BYU-Idaho stadium, has many different types of rafts, canoes and kayaks. River tubes, river boards and one-man kayaks called river bugs. The ORC is concerned about water safety.

“Every boat that we rent comes with a life jacket, so it is pretty safe. We do not give lesson on how to safely operate them, but most people who comes to rent equipment tend to know what they are capable of,” said Brandon Ledbetter, an ORC manager and a junior studying geology.

Ledbetter said that it is important to do your research about where you are going and that if you still need help understanding something, that the ORC can help.

Ledbetter said that for the beginner there is the outdoor activities gro.  The BYU-Idaho webpage for Outdoor Activies has many water events listed for those who are interested in the outdoors.

Beaver Dick Park is located 4.5 miles west of Rexburg on State Highway 33.

Twin Bridges Park is located 12 miles southeast of Rexburg on Lyman, Archer and Ririe Highway.

Henry’s Lake, which offers boating ramps and launching docks, is located
72 miles north of Rexburg on U.S. Highway 20.

According to Visit Idaho, each of the five heated pools have free flowing hot mineral water that varies in temperature between 44-112 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Rexburg Rapids, an outdoor water park, provides a safe water experience and is located on 50 W. 2nd N. Rexburg.It’s open Monday through Saturday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. for everyone and can be reserved on specific nights.

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