Even in this era of social distancing, and with the expansion of outdoor recreational activities allowed by Gov. Tim Walz, boaters across Minnesota are preparing to hit the open water, where they can find it.
Cold water can be hazardous and falls into that water can quickly turn tragic.
A fall into the lake at this time of year, no matter when the ice went out, will likely trigger cold water shock.
Boaters should always wear their life jackets.
This year, boaters are encouraged to practice safe social distancing, such as boating only with people in your immediate household and boating close to home.