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Change in Restrictions on the Kishwaukee River 7/17/08

Winnebago County Sheriff's PoliceNews Media Release News  Release Number2008 - 036
Information:  Change In Restrictions On The Kishwaukee River In Winnebago County
Date: 07/17/08 Time:    2:00 PM Page  1  of  1

   NARRATIVE:The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has lifted its restriction which closed the river, and the Kishwaukee River in Winnebago County is now open.  The Sheriff’s Department inspected the river conditions earlier today, and made a recommendation to DNR that the conditions which existed over the weekend that caused the closure, were no longer such a significant hazard.  Although the river is back in its banks and the DNR has re-opened the river, recreational users should be aware that caution should be used.  The water is still higher than normal, and the current is flowing at a faster than normal rate.  Recreational users should still exercise caution and use good judgment about making a decision to access the river.  Skill and experience levels are more the concern now than the water conditions as far as safety considerations.  The presence of debris in the river creates hazardous conditions, which are difficult to detect.  Additionally, the increased water flow creates a much faster current than what has been experienced over the past few months with the lower water levels.  These conditions increase the likelihood of problems for boaters, which results in exposing first responders to dangerous conditions should a rescue situation develop. As a reminder, the Rock River remains closed in Winnebago County, and the public boat launches at Macktown, Hononegah, and Atwood Forest Preserves, Riverside Park in Roscoe, Harlem Road, SportsCore, and Martin Park remain closed as well.   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.

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