Buoys mark chan­nels, di­rec­tion on big rivers

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST / TELEVISION -

The heat of sum­mer of­ten leads an­glers to large rivers. The prom­ise of large cat­fish and an ex­tended pe­riod of fish ac­tiv­ity is thanks to cur­rent keep­ing sur­face wa­ter mov­ing and slightly cooler than in back­wa­ters and reser­voirs. But trav­el­ing on large rivers like the Arkansas can be a dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who don’t un­der­stand buoys and chan­nel mark­ers. Re­mem­ber the three R’s of boat­ing: red, right, re­turn­ing. It ap­plies in Arkansas and all over the na­tion. Re­turn­ing means com­ing up­stream. Keep the red buoys on the right when trav­el­ing up­stream. That means the green buoys will be on the left. Boaters go­ing down­stream just re­verse this. The red buoys will be on the left, green buoys on the right. Buoys are found in many sizes and shapes. Only red and green ones mark chan­nels. Others are white and are for in­for­ma­tion. This may be di­rec­tions to a fa­cil­ity, for con­trolled ar­eas such as nowake zones, and to iden­tify un­der­wa­ter dan­gers such as rocks or dams. A buoy with black and white ver­ti­cal stripes marks an ob­struc­tion; don’t travel be­tween it and the shore or bank. For more de­tails on boat­ing nav­i­ga­tion rules in Arkansas, visit www.agfc.com.

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