LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The river levels are high right now which means people need to be extra careful when heading out in their boat.

The La Crosse Fire Department says the current is moving very fast. There is also the added danger of debris floating down river.

Boaters are warned to try to avoid any water that appears to be swirling.

And be extra careful about any barges on the river, even if they're not moving.

"If you see barges tied off to the side of the river, those are very dangerous, current can push you right into those and if you get caught in front of them you can go right underneath them. Those are probably some of the major concerns out there," said La Crosse Fire Dept. Captain Todd Adams.

The same safety precautions as always apply; wear a life jacket, let people know you are heading out on the water, and don't drink and boat.