Water levels: N. Umpqua doing OK, S. Umpqua not so much

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Due to the early end of snow runoff, officials say Douglas County is seeing some lower water levels this summer.

The North Umpqua is fine, but the South Umpqua is a different story.

With lower water, rocks and drops become more hazardous.

The Douglas County Marine Patrol is reminding people who float the river in inner tubes of the danger. "What they are typically doing is tieing their inner tubes together," said Marine Patrol Deputy Brian Melvin. "The hazard with that is, when you encounter these obstacles the ropes get tangled in the rocks, causing hazards where you can no longer float."

In the State of Oregon, those over the age of 12 are not required to wear a life jacket, but they do have to be readily available in boats.

Melvin says inner tubes tied together are technically defined as a raft, so they also require life jackets.