LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – How do you know which side of the buoys to stay on when traveling up or down a river?
Simple. Remember the 3Rs of boating: "Red right returning." It applies in Arkansas and all over the nation.
are paddling a canoe, putting along in a john boat, whizzing in a bass
boat or cruising on a houseboat, this simple rule will keep you in the
right place - in the channel where it's safe.
means coming upstream from the ocean or the mouth of the stream. Keep
the red buoys on your right as you travel upstream. That means the green
buoys will be on your left. If you are going downstream, just reverse
this. The red buoys will be on your left, green buoys on your right.
OK, right is starboard and left is port for sailors.
found in many sizes and shapes. Just the red and green ones mark
channels. Others are white and are for information. This may be
directions to a facility, for controlled areas like no-wake zones, and
to designation dangers like rocks or dams. A buoy with black and white
vertical stripes marks an obstruction; don't travel between it and the
shore or bank.
details on boating navigation rules in Arkansas, a free publication
called "The Handbook of Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities" is
available at all Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offices.