The weather is finally getting warm and the kayaks will be coming out, the boats will be entering the water, and the swimsuits will be worn daily soon. One of the best places to spend the warm summer days in the Magic Valley is on the Snake River. It is an ideal place to cool off, fish, and kayak, and there are countless areas on the river to enjoy. While it is nearly impossible to go a whole summer without enjoying the Snake River at least once, you may want to avoid it this summer for a few reasons.

The Snake River is Too Crowded

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Odds are if you are wanting to head down to the river for some fun, many others in the area are thinking the same thing. While the Snake River is big and there are plenty of areas to enjoy and have fun, most spend time in the same spots. It makes it overcrowded and can sometimes ruin the fun if too many people are on the water at the same time. It is better to find somewhere else to go so you can have more fun and enjoy your time in or on the water this summer. 

The Current and Water Levels in the Snake River

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With all the rain and snowfall this year, the water levels on the river are expected to be a little higher than in the last couple of years, which means the current could be a tad stronger. The water could be more dangerous, and make it a little tough to navigate if you are not an experienced swimmer or kayaker. Going to a still body of water might be a better option and more safe. 

The Temperature of the Snake River

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Having fallen into the Snake River last year out of my kayak, I can testify that the river is very cold, even when the temperature is in the triple digits. The flowing water makes it a little colder, whereas a still body of water will usually be a little warm as it soaks up the sun. Instead of getting a shock in the overcrowded, strong-flowing river, head to a lake or pond instead. 

Too Many Bugs Along the Snake River

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One of the bad things about being near water in the warm months is that it is where all the bugs are hanging out. Expect to get bit, swarmed, and annoyed when hanging out on the shores of the river. You are better off avoiding the river all together this summer so you don't get all the bug bites, and instead, let others suffer while you remain bite free. Earlier it was mentioned how the river is overcrowded, but it is not only people that are overcrowding it, as the bugs far outnumber the people. 

Injuries Along the Snake River

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It seems injuries occur more during the summer, and with slippery rocks around the river, horse playing around the water, and accidents while boating, kayaking, or swimming, injuries around the Snake River are sure to occur. Instead of taking that chance, stay indoors and avoid the lake and water altogether this summer. There are far too many injuries and accidents in the river each year, and it is best to not become one of them.

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While all of these are legit reasons to avoid the Snake River this summer, the odds are that none of them will keep you away. Time at Centennial Park and other locations along the river are some of the highlights of the summer in the Magic Valley. It is worth the risk to go to the river this summer, but make sure to be safe, follow all the protocols, and be cautious. Summer and the heat are fast approaching and soon, we will all be enjoying time in the water of the Snake River.

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