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River Information

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 The Winnebago County Sheriffs Department constantly monitors the Rock River water gauges. As we all learned by scientific data provided by the National Weather Service the Foredam Dam is not a flood control dam.  The 7.2 foot water level at the Latham Park gauge mentioned in the ComEd document is a guideline level. The river level at the Foredam dam also has to be considered so damage is not caused to the dam.




  Please use this link for more information on the flooding: PIOWINNCO

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Current River Levels:

Pecatonica at Shirland
Rock River at Rockton
Rock River at Latham
Rock River at Rockford
Kishwaukee River at Perryville

Current Conditions:
For current river conditions, and any further updates, contact the Sheriff’s Office at (815) 319-6300, or the Rock River information telephone line at (815) 319-6444. Visit this
NOAA website for current river levels.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Boat Telephone Number: 
815-262-1510.  This number rings directly to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Boat during regular boating patrol hours.  The customary patrol season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Please note the patrol season may be extended earlier and/or later as the schedule is based upon weather and river conditions.

Other rivers in Winnebago County include the Pecatonica, Kishwaukee, and Sugar.  However, due to the shallow conditions of these three rivers, navigation is generally limited to canoes and other small craft.


Sheriff Caruana announces the following restrictions for the Rock River beginning at 8:00 A.M  Friday, July 7th, 2017:


the “NO WAKE ZONE” on the Rock river from the Riverside Bridge South to the Fordham Dam has been Cancelled.  The “NO WAKE ZONE” North of the Riverside Bridge will still be in effect until further notice. The River Conditions are being assessed on a Daily Basis


Anyone with questions can contact the Sheriff’s Department River Patrol at (815) 262-1510. Calls for service should be directed through the 911 Communication Center at (815) 282-2600. For emergencies…call 911.


As always, caution should be exercised in all areas when using the river. Limit alcohol consumption and be aware of other boaters enjoying the river. For current river conditions and any further updates, contact the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office at (815) 319-6300 or the Rock River Information Line at (815) 319-6444.










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