Acknowledgement of Risk

River running is not risk-free. Unlike a theme park setting, your adventure will take place in a natural environment over which Franklin County Parks and Recreation Department has no control. The same elements that contribute to the unique character of river running, such as constantly changing water levels, can cause loss or damage to equipment, personal injury, or in extreme cases, permanent trauma or death. 

We simply want you to know in advance what to expect, and to be informed of some of the possible risks. As a participant, you will be totally responsible for your own movement and safety while on the river. Due to the inherent nature of the sport, you will be primarily responsible for your own rescues. Certain sections of the river are inaccessible by public safety extraction equipment for some distance. 

Although accidents are rare, injury may be sustained by (but not limited to) walking or climbing along the river bank, diving or jumping into the river, getting into or out of the watercraft, falling out of the watercraft, the watercraft overturning, the watercraft becoming entangled in or pinned against rocks, branches, logs, down trees, or low water bridges. Of course, drowning is always a possibility when around water. Hypothermia is a risk when floating in cool or cold weather. Remember, it is possible to get hypothermia when the air and water temperatures are both above freezing. Heat-sunburn, wind, rain, lightning, or being in the open for extended periods may be uncomfortable or cause injury. 

Also, certain plants, insects, or animals may cause discomfort or injury. Before embarking on river adventure, make certain that the people in your party are in good physical condition and are fully capable of participating in this river trip. Check, and doublecheck, and doublecheck again the condition of your equipment including your canoe/kayak, rescue ropes, and other river safety equipment. Blueway users assume full responsibility for the safety of themselves while on the water.