No wake ordinance on Rock River October

Lee County Sheriff John Simonton has announced that the “NO WAKE” ordinance is in effect in Lee County for the Rock River, which began Saturday, October 6, 2018.  The ‘NO WAKE” ordinance will remain in effect until the river levels get below the flood stage of 13 feet and flow rate returns to normal.  The National Weather Service predicted the level would rise to above 16 feet sometime late Sunday or early Monday, which it has.  River stage today is at 16 feet.

The prediction is that the level will remain at 16 feet or higher, until at least Monday, October 15, 2018.  

 This level is indicative of flooding in low lying areas adjacent to the river – specifically the Page Park Drive area in Dixon, Woodland Shores and possibly portions of White Oaks Road.  In addition, the river current is still at a dangerous speed, almost three times the normal flow rate.    

It is suggested that boaters refrain from using the Rock River, due to the exceptionally strong current and floating debris.     

Sheriff Simonton would like to thank the public for their understanding and consideration.


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