Just because the leave are starting to fall, doesn't mean it's time to pack away the boat just yet. Late summer and early autumn boating can be a beautiful time to enjoy some time on the water. But there are a few extra things to keep in mind if you are heading gout on the water this time of year.

The first piece of advice Darrell Crabbe, President of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation shares, is to check the weather forecast. Fog can appear quickly, as can high waves due to the mixing of warm and cold air. The most important thing to remember is to always wear a personal flotation device (PFD). 

"Most people who fall out of boats die of hypothermia and drowning and most of them of course, don't have life jackets on."

"There's a lot of new innovation in lifejackets. There's what's called the horse-collar that is very unobtrusive and you can actually throw a coat over top of it and you hardly notice it at all. So there's really no excuse not to take advantage of the new technology out there with PFDs."

Another good idea is to shares your fishing or hunting plans with another person who will know where you are going and when you are expected back. 

"It's a really good idea to let someone know, even a conservation officer whereabouts you are, where you're going in and when you plan on coming out."

He also adds that water levels may have changed over the course of the summer so be aware that your favourite fishing holes may be inaccessible.

"Especially up north, a lot of the lakes, the water levels might be down. That usually increases the probability of underwater reefs. So you'll have to take a little more time, take a few more precautions and make sure they get there safe and sound."

He added that this is also the time of year when many animals are on the move and drivers to and from the docks should be on the lookout.

"Maybe take a little more time with animals starting to move because of the rut. We've got a lot more deer and other ungulates are out more than we normally would have so it's a good time to take more precautions."

Estevan Weather Forecast

 

More Local News

Federal Budget 2019: Local MP Dr. Robert Kitchen

Souris-Moose Mountain MP Doctor Robert Kitchen didn’t sugarcoat his opinion on the federal budget delivered in Ottawa on Tuesday. “This is all staged to be a cover-up,” Kitchen said, alluding to the…

Wildlife Federation Voices Displeasure over Office Closures

Last week the Ministry of Environment announced the closure of 19 field offices, including the one here in Estevan. The decision was a result of budgte cuts and will impact 19 jobs, three of which…

Some Results From Last Nights EPS Board Meeting

The EPS held there police board meeting last night and while there was nothing extraordinary there were a few items of note. The police noted that there was a slight decrease in property crimes in…

Provincial Budget Investing In Intersection Safety

The 2019-20 Budget is balanced and is providing support for mental health and for vulnerable families to increasing funding to classrooms and improvements to highway safety. To improve safety at…

Street Closure Due To Sewer Replacement

There is a road closure in the Energy City today. Safety Coordinator with the City Of Estevan Helen Fornwald, "The City of Estevan would like to advise the public, that the 10 hundred block of Valley…

The Estevan Army Cadet Corp Holding 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered In April

The No.2901 Estevan Elks Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp will be hosting the 102nd Anniversary Vimy Remembered Presentation in April. Its a way for the…

Rock Your Socks Off For Down Syndrome Awareness

On World Down Syndrome Day, Thursday 21 March 2019, the Down Syndrome community is calling upon every person with Down syndrome to tell the world to “leave no one behind”. Kala Wock local resident on…

Recreational Needs Assessment

The announcement was made by the City of Estevan yesterday about a new Recreational Needs Assessment that has already started to gather information from our community about what our city needs moving…

City in Holding Pattern Awaiting Carbon Tax Impact

Even the most devoted fans of April Fools Day aren't looking forward to the first of the month this year as the federally instituted carbon tax looms. The exact nature of the tax's impact on…

Provincial Budget 2019: First Look

A balanced budget, as promised. Saskatchewan Finance Minister Donna Harpauer delivered the 2019-20 budget in the Legislature Wednesday afternoon, posting a $34 million surplus. The budget includes…

DiscoverEstevan.com is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login