River Safety


Glenn County – The summer heat is here and with the increased temperatures, there is increased recreational use of the waterways. Glenn County is home to many lakes, rivers, and streams providing ample ways to recreate and cool off in the summer heat. The Sacramento River is a popular destination for water recreation, especially to float or tube. We want to ensure that our residents and visitors enjoy the water recreation safely by providing river recreation safety tips.

River Float Safety Tips:

  • Check current weather and river conditions before you go.
    • Do not go into rivers or streams that are running high or flooding, as they can be dangerous.
    • Although it is hot outside, water temperatures can be cold, under 70 degrees. Hypothermia can occur at 70 degrees. Watch for signs of hypothermia or avoid the water when water temperatures are this cool.
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  • Use the buddy system. Do not tube alone.
  • Use caution: Rocks in streams and rivers are slick and you can easily fall. Do not jump from rocks, embankments or bridges. Water depth can be deceiving.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Wear a life vest. No matter how good of a swimmer you are, the current can move swiftly.
  • Always be in your tube feet first to prevent hitting your head and causing serious head injury.
  • Wear shoes with traction like aqua shoe or sneakers. Do not wear flip-flops.
  • Wear sunscreen, hat, and stay hydrated.
  • Do not drink alcohol while on the river. Not only does it increase your chances of drowning or falling, it also dehydrates your body and quickens hypothermia.
  • Always follow all posted laws and rules.

Safety is our priority. We hope that residents and visitors alike have a safe holiday week and summer season.

For more information, contact the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office at 934-6441, visit our website: www.countyofglenn.net and select Sheriff, or access us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glenncountysheriff

Pictured: Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Boating Unit on Sacramento River