The Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) is reminding everyone to be “river wise” heading into a hot and sunny weekend in Saskatoon.
In a news release Friday, the organization said high temperatures and low water levels will make sandbars and boat launches along the South Saskatchewan River more popular.
They noted, however, people need to be aware of the dangers of the river while enjoying the water.
“Keep an eye on your children playing at the river’s edge,” the release reads. “A lifejacket for a child is a good idea.”
The MVA said the main channel of deep water in the river “snakes” back and forth, sometimes coming right up to the bankside.
They advise against diving into the river, since the current of the river constantly shifts its depth — putting divers at risk for head and neck injuries.
While swimming is allowed outside city limits, it’s illegal within Saskatoon’s boundaries. Residents are reminded to stick to wading in the river, with two feet on the ground.
Beachgoers are also reminded to stay away from the edges of sandbars.
“The downstream end of a sandbar is like the overhang of a snowdrift,” the MVA said. “One can easily break through into a deep water trench.”
The MVA added there’s a ban on open fire, alcohol is illegal on site and garbage must be packed away.