Despite river traffic, the scenic Ohio can be a safe kayaking destination

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WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As interest in kayaking on the Ohio River in West Virginia increases, officials advise paddlers to be especially attentive to safety.

While the river may seem a sleepy reprieve in good weather, paddlers should be aware of barge traffic and inclement weather, according to Michael Schramm, visitor services manager for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

In addition to wearing life jackets, Schramm advises boaters in kayaks to watch for wind, flooding, and waves that can also be powered by wind. Despite barge and ship traffic, kayakers should have ample time to paddle out of the way.

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