Rock and Kishwaukee Rivers open after flooding - – Rockford’s News Leader

Rock and Kishwaukee Rivers open after flooding


The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has reopened the Rock and Kishwaukee Rivers in Winnebago County after recent flooding.

Because water levels are still out of the banks in some places, Sheriff Richard A. Meyers is continuing the No Wake Zone regulations within Winnebago County, north of the Auburn Street Bridge.

Although the river is open, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office is reminding boaters that the river is still high in many places and still dangerous. Boaters are encouraged to avoid using the river for recreation at this time due to debris in the water that can be hard to detect. Also, the increased amount of water has lead to a faster current.

The Rock River south of the Auburn Street Bridge is open with no restrictions, but boaters should exercise extreme caution.

For current river conditions and updates, call the Sheriff's Office at 815-319-6300 or the Rock River information line at 815-316-8888. You can also visit

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