Seems like spring is maybe all-the-way here now? It’s gonna be nice and warm over the weekend, with highs forecasted in the 80s in the Willow Creek/Hoopa area and Southern Humboldt. Get out and enjoy it!
But please, please take care when you’re in the rivers. Remember this all summer long: Our rivers are strong. The Trinity — probably our most frequented bathing spot, here in northern Humboldt — is very, very strong. The current is faster and more powerful than it seems when you’re just splashing about on the side. It takes a life just about every year.
It’s also very cold this time of year, as our friends at the local National Weather Office on Woodley Island remind us with the infographic above.
If you’re headed out to the river this weekend or any weekend, and especially if you have kids, you should strongly consider bringing a lifejacket along. If you don’t have one you can rent ‘em pretty cheap from the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center in Eureka — $7 per day, $13 for the weekend. Phone: 443-4222. (UPDATE: Also, the county has a life-vest loan program in several convenient locations around the county. See here for details.)
Apart from that, just be smart. If you’re going in the water, don’t get blotto on alcohol or weed or whatever your pleasure may be. Test the current before plunging out into the middle of the stream. Please be careful. We want you back.
- Possible Drowning Update
- Trinity Drowning Update
- Man Drowns in Trinity Attempting to Evade Hoopa Tribal Police
- (UPDATE: Victim Identified) Strong Current Likely Responsible for Drowning in Trinity River
- Fourth of July Drowning at Willow Creek’s Camp Kimtu
- Manhunt Called Off for Suspect Who Likely Evaded Officers by Jumping Into Trinity River
- (UPDATE) Search Suspended for Man Presumed Drowned on Trinity River Last Week
- Body of Man Lost Swimming in Hoopa Recovered at Klamath River Mouth
- Be Safe This Memorial Day Weekend: Humboldt Rivers are Swift and Cold
- Man Drowns While Swimming in the Trinity River
- Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help Identifying Man Found Drowned in the Trinity River Yesterday
- Body Found in Trinity River Identified