Northern Forest Canoe Trail Urges Paddler Safety on Rivers, Lakes

For Immediate Release
April 21, 2010

Contact: Kate Williams, Executive Director
Northern Forest Canoe Trail

(802) 496-2285 or

WAITSFIELD, Vt. – The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) has highlighted its paddling safety and survival brochures on its website in light of recent kayaking fatalities reported by the U.S. Coast Guard 1st District. "Wear It! Life Jackets Matter" and "Cold Water Survival" are free to the public on the homepage of

"Paddlers are always eager to get back out on the water after the long winter, and we love this energy," says Northern Forest Canoe Trail Executive Director Kate Williams. "Our safety information helps paddlers plan and prepare for spring conditions which include cold water temperatures, variable water levels, and unpredictable currents."

"Wear It! Life Jackets Matter" stresses the importance of wearing a personal flotation device (PFD), how to choose the right type and tips on finding the perfect fit. Nearly 70 percent of all drownings involving canoes, kayaks or rafts might have been avoided if the victim had been wearing a life jacket according to the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary & Boating Safety.

"Cold Water Survival" gives suggestions on how to prepare for paddling in water temperatures ranging from 32.5 degrees to 60 and higher, how to assess and treat symptoms of hypothermia, and describes how cold water affects the body.

The brochures were created in partnership with Kokatat, the American Canoe Association, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

To learn more about the Northern Forest Canoe Trail visit or call 802-496-2285.



About the Northern Forest Canoe Trail:
The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a 740-mile inland paddling trail tracing historic travel routes across New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire, and Maine. NFCT, Inc. is internationally regarded as the preeminent water trail organization in North America, and connects people to the Trail’s natural environment, human heritage, and contemporary communities by stewarding, promoting, and providing access to canoe and kayak experiences along this route.


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