As we see our first sneak peek of summer, it is important to remember that we are still seeing the ramifications of a wet winter with heavy snowmelt here in the Pacific Northwest.
According to the Columbian article, Water Warnings, by Andy Matarrse, the rivers and lakes in Clark, County, Washington, are much higher and faster than normal.
According to the article, "With the water moving that quickly, boats - which aren't that maneuverable as it is - have a harder time avoiding trouble should something go wrong."
So as you make your way toward a river or lake this weekend, keep in mind that wearing a life vest is critically important. Be hyper-aware of objects floating in the water, and be sure to let people know when and where you will be going.
Also remember that the water temperatures are still quite cold, only 50 degrees Fahrenheit - so it is still unwise to be jumping in or swimming.