PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With the sun shining and temperatures climbing to the 90s again on Wednesday, many people are probably considering jumping into area lakes and rivers to stay cool.
However, before you do, remember that waters can be more deceptive than they look:
There could be debris, including rocks, underneath so it’s important to check the water before diving in.
The current could be faster than you thought, especially with mountain snowmelt continuing to hit the waterways.
Water temperatures are always colder than the weather outside. The water in the Columbia and the Willamette is in the mid-60s, but water in other areas is running much colder.
Whether you’re comfortable in the water or a new swimmer, wear a life jacket.
Clackamas Fire officials told KOIN 6 News that 50 degree water temperatures pose a threat to safety and compared it to jumping into a refrigerator in a wet swimsuit.
If you plan on enjoying the sunshine on a boat, Clark County deputies remind you to ditch the alcohol and marijuana, check the weather and always wear a life jacket.
There are plenty of other options in the Portland metro area if you don’t want to head to a lake or river to cool down. Splash pads throughout the city opened on Wednesday, which coincides with the last day of school for PPS.
Here are several parks where you’ll find splash pads:
Colonel Summers Park – SE 17th Avenue and Taylor Street
Columbia Park and Annex – N Lombard Street and Woolsey Avenue
Dawson Park – N Stanton Street and Williams Avenue
Earl Boyles Park – east of SE 107th Avenue and Francis Street
Elizabeth Caruthers Park – 3508 SW Moody Avenue
Essex Park – SE 79th Avenue and Center Street
Head here for a full list of splash pads and interactive fountains. Portland Parks & Recreation pools don’t open until June 18.