Operating through rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands is illegal, unethical, and irresponsible. It causes environmental damage and negatively impacts fish, wildlife, and habitat.
At time, you will encounter puddles or low-water crossings on trails. When you do, follow these suggested guidelines.
- Determine the depth of the water before you cross.
- Keep your feet firmly on the footrests, which may become slippery.
- Drive through the water at a slow, steady speed so that you can spot and avoid submerged obstacles and slippery rocks.
- Stay alert!
- Do not drive into water that is deeper than the maximum depth specified in your owner’s manual.
- Avoid spinning your wheels, which disrupts streambeds and erodes banks.
- Test your brakes once you’re on dry land.
- If you have four-wheel drive, make certain that it’s engaged in low gear.