The Army Corps of Engineers has lifted the small craft advisory on the Arkansas River. Advisories are issued when flows reach 70,000 cubic feet per second. Currents become swifter and stronger, and large debris is carried downstream.
Boaters are urged to always check flow conditions before setting out in a pleasure craft and use caution on the river. Wear a life jacket, and never operate a boat while intoxicated.
Give commercial towboats extra room for safety. “They are heavier than freight trains and not nearly as maneuverable as pleasure boats. It can take a towboat more than a half mile to stop,” a spokesman said.
For daily river information, visit the Corps’ Little Rock District Web site at www.swl.usace.army.mil and click the water management button.