And we have another form to sign...
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK
I recognize that there is an element of risk in boating or fishing at any river level. I also recognize the water in White River is very cold (50 degrees) which can cause hypothermia. Therefore, I assume full responsibility for myself, my family and minor children under my care, for bodily injury, death and loss of personal property and expenses thereof, as a result of my negligence or the negligence of my family participating in this activity, except to the extent such damage or injury may be due to the negligence of Newland's.
If you plan to go out with...
1) lunch at Newlands...take out at Newlands:
a) closer to "home" in case of bad weather.
b) closer to "good" rest-room facilities.
c) better coordination for anyone departing at different times.
d) maximum concentration of fishing time.
e) if water is running, can fish catch-and-release area at dam.
2) lunch downriver (Whitehole--5 miles; Wildcat--10 miles):
a) see more of the river; a little more adventurous.
b) adequate rest-room facilities (port-a-potys).
c) a little less coordination for those departing at different times.
d) fishing time mixed with travel time--more of a "trip" experience.
e) offers another option after lunch:
1) continue on downriver; meet with vans and drive back.
2) journey back upstream; take out at Newlands (this is assuming the generators are running).
If you plan to go out in a boat...
on your own, keep some safety precautions in mind because there is an element of danger in boating on the White River, as there is with any stream. Several boats have capsized. Even if you are a good swimmer, the 50 degree water would be a test for the best of swimmers. Also, we have a "weight limit" on our boats of 570 pounds (total). The state park boat dock does have larger boats that can handle more weight.
Distribute weight correctly - have most of the weight toward the back of the boat (so front end raises, to keep from taking on water in choppy water).
Generators - The water level and, therefore, the water current is controlled by Bull Shoals Dam. There are eight electricity producing "generators" at the dam. There can be none, all eight, and everything in between, in operation at any given time of the day--and it can vary from hour to hour. There is no way to determine what the generation level will be. It can vary from low water with almost no current, to a level 14 feet higher and 5-8mph current. Safe boating comes with understanding the variations in water current. Basically, two types of conditions exist:
1. Lower Water (Generators at MINIMUM FLOW)...
Minimum Flow (lower current): Mobility is generally restricted to 1/4 mile upstream and 3/4 mile downstream, due to shallow water and possibility of damage to motors (see map.) If the water is low (no generators running), the lower 3/4 mile below Newland's to Cane Island Shoals may require the use of "tilt," included on Yamaha motors which should keep the motor from hitting bottom. However, insure the motor is not too far out of the water (due to boat being loaded too far to the front)--if it is, it may get hot and become damaged.
If you rent a boat without a guide...
you must sign the following "rental contract":
The following is made a condition of this rental:The undersigned (hereinafter referred to as "renter") hereby assumes all responsibility for any and all damages or loss to said equipment, and agrees to pay the full cost of all repairs if it is in any way rendered out of service, whether this occurred through accident, neglect or misuse. In case of loss or destruction of equipment, or loss of possession thereof or inability to return same to Newland's Float Trips & Lodge, Lakeview, AR, the renter agrees to pay said company the complete and full value of equipment. The renter agrees to compensate Newland's Float Trips & Lodge for the amount of the current rental rates for each day or week consumed while equipment is in process of recovery or repair.Lessee shall indemnify and hold Lessor, its successors and assigns, harmless from any and all losses, damages, injuries, claims, demands, and expenses, including legal expenses, of whatsoever nature, arising out of the use, condition (including, but not limited to, latent and other defects and whether or not discoverable by it,) or operation of any item of equipment, regardless of where, how, or by whom operated; or, in the event the Lessee shall be in default hereunder, arising out of or resulting from the condition of any item of equipment sold or disposed of after use by Lessee. Lessee shall assume the settlement and defense of any suit or suits or other legal proceedings brought to enforce all such losses, damages, injuries, claims, demands, and expenses, and shall pay all judgment entered in any such suit or suits or other legal proceedings. The indemnities and assumptions of liabilities and obligations herein provided for shall continue in full force and effect not withstanding the termination of this agreement, whether by expiration of time, by operation of law, or otherwise. Lessee is an independent contractor and nothing contained in this agreement shall authorize Lessee or any other person to operate any item of equipment so as to incur or impose any liability or obligation for or on behalf of Lessor.
I UNDERSTAND THIS PROPERTY (BOAT AND MOTOR) IS VALUED AT $2500.
I warrant that the above information is correct and hereby agree to the above conditions. Customer's signature indicates that he has been given instructions on current methods of operations and safety practices (Ref: Boat Operations on White River.)
City___________________________________ State:____ Zip:________
Time of Departure:__________
Time of Return:____________________
Number of Persons in Boat:______________
READ YOUR RENTAL CONTRACT TO AVOID MISUNDERSTANDING
Be sure to review: drag chain; shallow water drive; docking.
NOTE: As of July, 2013 (when "minimum water flow" became operational), Newlands has discontinued providing "anchors" in our rental boats (due to increased chances of capsizing resulting from the stronger currents).