Keep an eye on the water levels, which are higher than normal this time of year. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has a water safety statement in effect for Muskoka and Parry Sound.

That means flooding isn’t expected, but high water levels and melting ice can be dangerous for anglers and sledders. With the colder temperatures this week, shorelines and banks can be very slippery and dangerous, so the MNRF says to keep an eye on kids and pets in those areas.

The MNRF says traveling on newly formed ice should be avoided, and if you’re using forest access trails keep an eye out for washouts.

Warmer temperatures are in store later on this week and into the weekend, so the Ministry suggests anyone with low-lying property to make sure everything is secure in case it does end up flooding.