The water is a blast, I grow up near Lake Michigan, had two ponds and a trout stream in the back yard, spent much time in all of them including other area lakes, and the Kalamazoo & Portage River fishing and swimming, ice fishing and playing hockey. Then all the years swimming off the Coronado Beach in California, and now fishing here in the sound, lakes and rivers, and panning.
But you know I've always been more leery of the rivers. I wondered which bodies encounter the most drowning, I found in one report lakes took the higher percentage, I would have figured rivers. for the fast sweeping currents, and under water hazards.