Iowa officials are warning spring paddlers to be wary of cold water and debris piled on by full streams.
The state Department of Natural Resources says the water may still be ice cold despite the warm temperatures. They encourage paddlers to have a wetsuit and a change of dry clothes until the water truly warms up.
Recent rains have also caused streams near bank full. Water is flowing fast, and high water has collected debris like trees and limbs. They've been deposited at the base of bridge pilings and the outside of tight bends in the river.
Officials say good boat control skills and navigation is important to remaining safe while paddling.