According to the Detroit Free Press, officials warn that record high water levels can cause hazards for those trying to enjoy the water on Michigan's beautiful lakes, rivers and streams.

High waters can cause flooding, deep water and strong currents, which create difficult conditions for anyone swimming or boating.  It can also eliminate or alter access routes to and between bodies of water.

The Department of Natural Resources has increased marine patrols in response to high waters to help ensure boaters are safe and following the rules on waterways.

It's always important to wear life jackets whenever you plan on boating or kayaking.  High water levels cause fast flowing currents, deeper and colder water, unpredictable conditions and additional debris, especially in rivers.

Law requires all water vessels be stocked with personal flotation devices for each person.  For more summer safety tips, please click on the above link.

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