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There is no swimming in Emerson, Sunshine, and Highwood Lake or in the Montrose retention pond. There are NO pets allowed in these bodies of water.

The High River Fire Department does NOT encourage rafting or swimming in the Highwood River, However, if you choose to, please reduce your risk by the following the below tips:

Life Jackets

  • Life jackets or Personal Floatation Device (PFD) should be worn by everyone regardless of age or strength of swimmer
  • Check size and weight restrictions
  • Start with the buckles and straps loose then fasten them from the bottom of the jacket to the top to ensure a snug fit
  • Once fastened, test the lifejacket or PFD by holding your arms over your head and asking someone nearby to grab the tops of the arm openings and gently pull. Make sure there is no extra room above the arm openings and that the jacket does not ride up over your face or chin