Don’t Let Monday’s Total Solar Eclipse Overshadow Boating Safety on Canyon Lake

Image courtesy of Canyon Lake Marina.

Planning to view Monday’s total solar eclipse from a boat on Canyon Lake?

Treat the historic event just like any other day — wear life jackets, avoid alcohol and take a boater education course before bobbing along near the path of totality.

“We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable eclipse experience,” said Cody Jones, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) game warden assistant commander for marine enforcement.

Game wardens will be out in full force Monday to enforce the law.

“In addition to being aware of changes in the environment, like water levels, since the last time you were at the lake, try to be patient at boat ramps and allow for extra time to launch due to traffic,” said Kimberly Sorensen, TPWD’s boating education manager. “Look around and be considerate of others enjoying Texas’ water resources.”

Boaters should be especially aware of light conditions

It is recommended to anchor in a safe area, out of the normal paths of boat traffic, during the eclipse. There will likely be many boats anchored with passengers looking toward the sky.

TPWD said boaters should review the lighting requirements for their vessel size, make sure they are in working order and use them during the low-light conditions.


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