Recent rainfall has caused the Connecticut River to rise several feet.
When the water levels come up, things can come off the shore and end up in the water, which can cause damage to your boat.
Despite it being safe to boat, boaters still need to be cautious by staying alert for trees, trash and other debris that could be floating in the water.
Sherry Sorbi a South Hadley resident, told 22News boaters need to be careful, “Just have to be careful. You usually have a spotter in front of the boat. This is my spotter Ann. I have a patoone boat. We head up river. We take it easy. We’re careful and we look out for everyone.”
Trash, fishing lines, and other items that get into the water and onto the shore is considered marine debris.
These items are hard for larger boats to avoid.
The water level changes from storm to storm, so stay alert, if you plan on heading onto the river, this week.