ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Safety experts are urging Minnesota boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now.

The Department of Natural Resources says people must be especially cautious around high water, wear life jackets and be aware of local flooding conditions and alerts. And people should not venture into flooded areas.

Boat and water safety specialist Kara Owens says rivers, lakes and streams are extremely swollen across Minnesota, and water temperatures are colder than normal.

Owens says stream and river currents are extremely strong, which many boaters and swimmers aren't used to. And she says boaters should be aware that there's more debris in the water, often floating just at or below the surface. Hitting a log at high speed can damage boats and cause serious injuries.