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can be very large. The unwary boater may think it safe to shoot
the dam by riding over it in a small boat or canoe, however if the
boat should turn sideways and capsize while crossing the dam, the
occupants can be trapped in what is referred to as the hydraulic,
and become unrescuably trapped beneath the falling water. Stay
well away from both the top as well as the bottom of any dam.
Conventional larger dams found at power generation plants as
well as any water impoundment can also be extremely dangerous.
Dangerous currents, large vertical drops, and steep spillways are
just a few of the many potential hazards which can be found at these
sites. If the dams purpose is power generation you can probably
also expect to find overhead power lines which may present a
hazard in themselves. Usually a dam is marked with warning or
exclusionary buoys. Stay well outside these markers never let yourself drift into these extremely hazardous area in and around dams.
The New York State Canal system connects hundreds of miles
of lakes and rivers stretching across the Empire State. Four water56