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Be Alert & Stay Safe

Here’s how you can stay safe when taking part in recreational activities around the Muskrat Falls facility:

Be alert and stay safe around dams

  • Pay attention to and obey safety and warning signs. Refer to the image below that shows the location of warning signs around the Muskrat Falls facility.
  • Stay outside of safety booms, markers and buoys upstream and downstream of the dams. A danger zone on the upstream side of the facility is marked by a floating safety boom. The seasonal boom is installed annually in June and removed in October.
  • Avoid waterways immediately upstream and downstream of the facility as there is a strong water force in these areas and flows and water levels can change quickly and without warning.
  • Stay to the north side of the river and exit at the North Spur to access the portage route. Click on the “North Spur portage route” section for more information.
  • Watch for hidden hazards and objects and be aware of floating debris, submerged trees and sandbars. Click on the “Stick up zones” section for more information about these hidden hazards.
  • Stay back from the river’s edge and banks along the reservoir where footing may be slippery or the bank unstable.
  • Don’t stand or tie/anchor your boat directly below the dam as rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise.
  • Be alert for warning sirens. Sirens signal spillway gates are going to open which means a change in where water is discharged from the facility, as well as an increase in water levels and flows downstream of the spillway. Click on the “Safety sirens” section for more safety information.

Winter/spring safety tips

Think twice about ice and always keep safety top of mind when participating in outdoor activities. The ice cover around the Muskrat Falls facility is unsafe for recreational use due to fluctuating water flows and changing ice conditions. Please be aware that there are areas of thin ice and open water on the river and we advise people to avoid the ice and river upstream and directly downstream of the facility.