MADISON, Wis. - Dane County officials are warning boaters of significant amounts of floating debris in area lakes.
The recent rains and rising water levels have caused more debris than usual to show up in Dane County lakes, officials said in a release.
Many boaters are just getting out on the water for the first time this season, and deputies are warning them to be aware of the potential hazards, according to the release.
Officials said boaters should keep their speeds down, and be on the lookout for floating branches and other items that have come from shore as the water levels have risen.
“The sheriff’s office wants everyone to have a fun and safe boating season, so don’t forget to wear your life jackets and thoroughly inspect your boat before you take it out on the water for the season,” deputies said in the release.