Boaters Checklist & River Etiquette

Boater’s Checklist

We have complied a short list of things you need to consider before you paddle the Tugaloo River. This is a flat-water paddle but like any body of water, be sure to put safety first! The list below is not extensive. There are other things that can be added, but this is a good list to begin with as you paddle our water trail.

  • Food & Water
  • Spare Paddle
  • Map
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Whistle or Signaling Device
  • Duct Tape/Boat Repair Kit
  • Bilge Pump or Bailer
  • Extra Clothing in a Dry Bag
  • Let Family, Friends, or Neighbors know where you are going.
  • Keep your cell phone with you in water proof bag.

River Etiquette

  • Always dispose of waste and trash properly (Pack out what you pack in.)
  • No glass containers
  • Respect private property – no trespassing
  • Be courteous to others
  • Be mindful of anglers and other river users
  • Have control of pets or leave them at home
  • Respect wildlife.

Safety & Emergency Tips

  • Wear a Life Jacket (PFD) at all times.
  • Protect your feet. Wear strong water shoes.
  • Watch and Avoid Strainers (Avoid downed trees and other debris along the shore) Rivers have currents! Downed trees can be dangerous.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be careful when approached by strangers.
  • Research Info about any river before you paddle it.
  • Know Your Boat (Understand how to operate your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard)
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 or the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office at 706-886-2525 If possible, let them know where you are located. Look for land markers.