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Officials from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources are still advising people not to go out on their boats due to the fast current in the Mississippi River. While some boaters are taking that advice, others say as long as you know what you're doing then there shouldn't be a problem.

"Whenever you're out there you got to use your head and just, be safe," said Jeff Leahr, of Davenport.

That's also the motto for some avid boaters out by the Mississippi River. Although water levels are slowly going down, Adam Gacke, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says they are still advising people not to go out on their boats.

"The current is moving very fast so we ask boaters not to go out, it's just too dangerous," said Gacke.

Some boaters like Gary Byrd of Donahue, IA, agrees with the DNR. Especially if their boat isn't up to par with current conditions.

"There's a lot of stuff floating down you can get hit by a log or something like that and a little boat like that you can tip it over pretty easy, so I'm not anxious to get out on the main river," he said.

But others like John Wooten, who has been boating for many years, says there wont be a problem if you've had experience with these type's of water currents.

"Well you just know, you know it's going to be scary, it's going to be a little dangerous you just got to, think ahead of time, you got to be safe about it you got to watch your head, keep a clear mind."

The DNR says once water currents slow down and water levels are below flood stage, boaters are more than welcome to hit the waters.