Sheriff Gary Caruana announces the following restrictions for the Rock River on Saturday, July 4th, 2015.
Effective at 8:00 PM Saturday, July 4th, there will be a "NO WAKE ZONE" in effect from the Whitman Street Bridge south to the Fordam Dam until Midnight.
From 7:00 PM Saturday, July 4th, there will be a "NO WAKE ZONE" in effect at Shorewood Park for a Ski Broncs Show until 9:00 PM.
Effective from 9:00 PM until the completion of the fireworks display, the Rock River will be "CLOSED" south of the Chestnut Street Bridge to the Fordam Dam and from the Morgan Street Bridge north to the Fordam Dam.
There will be a "NO WAKE ZONE" in effect from 9:00 PM until midnight for the entire Rock River in Winnebago County north of the Whitman Street Bridge.
The Sheriff's Department would like to remind all boaters to operate in a safe manner over the holiday. The Sheriff's Department will have a patrol presence on the river and anyone with questions can contact the Sheriff's Department boat by calling (815) 262-1510. Calls for service should be directed through the 911 Communication Center at (815) 282-2600 and emergencies should be reported to 911.
As always, caution should be exercised in all areas when using the river.
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) 316-8888.
Current River Levels:
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) 316-8888. Visit this NOAA website for current river levels.
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.
Boat Safety Classes:
The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office offers boating safety classes each year. Call 815-319-6300 to inquire about class schedules and registration.
You can access updated river information by calling the Rock River Information Hotline at 815-316-8888. News of special events, restrictions, or any other information which would relate to recreational users of the river is kept up-to-date at this number.
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.