Winnebago County Sheriff's OfficeNews Media Release  News  Release Number                2010-025
 Information: No Wake Zone On Rock River
 Date: 06/28/10  Time:  1200 Hrs.       Page 1   of  1

  Narrative:  Sheriff Richard A. Meyers is announcing the implementation of a “No Wake Zone” effective immediately for the entire Rock River within Winnebago County, due to the high water and hazardous river conditions.  Heavy rains in the Rock River Basin over the past week have caused the Rock River to rise to levels at or above 708 measured at the Ralston Road Bridge. Upon inspecting the Rock River this morning by the Sheriff’s river patrol boat and Command staff it was determined that the river was over it’s banks in several areas.  Boaters are encouraged to avoid using the river for recreational purposes during this time as 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. The Sheriff’s Department will continue to monitor the river levels during the week and the National Weather Service is forecasting that the river level should continue to fall over the next few days. It is anticipated based off of current projections that the “No Wake” order should be removed in time for the upcoming holiday weekend. 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.