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Is Swimming in Lakes and Rivers Safe Anymore?

There are few things more refreshing than taking a relaxing dip into a freshwater stream, river or lake. Especially in the heat of summer, diving into your favorite local body of water is an excellent way to cool down and relax. Before you jump in, however, you may be wondering whether or not it’s safe to enter a wild, untamed body of freshwater. Concerns about currents, pollution and wildlife often deter people from swimming in natural bodies of water, like streams and lakes.

Thankfully, it’s perfectly safe to swim in most bodies of fresh water. Even if a body of water looks perfectly safe, however, it’s important to always exercise extreme caution while swimming in a natural body of water. Weather, water conditions and wildlife can change without warning.

There are a few warning signs to keep an eye out for, however, if you’re going to be taking a dip into a body of natural fresh water. Traveling with a qualified expert provider of fishing charters in Alaska is a surefire way to make sure you’re swimming in safe water this summer. Here are just a few signs to look out for:

  • The current is too fast: You should never enter a body of water that’s moving faster than you can swim. It can be difficult, however, to determine precisely how quickly a river may be moving. Try throwing a medium-size stick into the water, and tracking its movements before entering the water.
  • “No swimming” signs: This one should go without saying. If there are “no swimming” signs posted near the waterway, don’t enter it! Chances are, there are concealed hazards underwater that you may not notice from up above. If you see a sign posted, don’t risk it—it’s better to find somewhere more desirable to swim.
  • Farmland is near: Manure from farm animals is one of the most prominent types of water contaminants that causes illness in humans. If there are any farms or pasturelands nearby that may be running off into the body of water you’re considering swimming in, you should probably stay dry.
  • The convergence of waterways: When two different bodies of water meet, currents and patterns of motion can do some strange things. You should never swim at or near the convergence of two different waterways. Even if it looks like the current is sluggish, it could still be exceedingly dangerous to enter the water at this location.

Since 1993, Phantom Tri-River Charters has been a trusted provider of fishing charters in Alaska. We are proud to provide our clients with high-quality adventures on some of Alaska’s most exciting and dynamic waterways. We’re in the business of providing our customers with lifelong memories that are sure to redefine the way that they think about Alaska, nature and the art of fishing. To learn more about our extensive range of fishing charter opportunities, contact one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives today. We’d be more than happy to help you craft your ideal Alaskan getaway.