May Brings High Water … Again

When northern Illinois received nearly 8 inches of rain in four days, guess where all the water went? The Illinois river crested on Tuesday, May 19, within a foot of the all-time high water mark, as recorded on the Ottawa gauge. The river rose swiftly, to about 13 feet above its normal level.

Gas pump was moved to higher ground for safe keeping.

Aerial footage of Rt. 178, looking south toward Utica. Dee Bennett Road is completely submerged.
Road to the point. 5/20/2020.
Parking lot. Wednesday morning. 5/20/2020.
B Dock
Launch ramp area.

Photos: Todd Conroy, Bill Parrott

Spring Launch 2020

Saturday, May 9

This year’s spring launch was different. While in the past we have welcomed and appreciated everyone’s help on launch day, this year we kept the work crew as small as possible. Thank you for NOT helping and staying well away from the work area if you didn’t  have a specific assignment.

Members followed the Governor’s orders with regard to distancing and wearing masks.

Here are a few pics from another successful launch day.

Updated 2020 Lock Closures

The latest plan from the Army Corps of Engineers removes Brandon Road from the list of locks scheduled to be closed in the summer of 2020.

Starting at Marseilles and heading south, the river locks will be shut down from July through late October. Dresden will see daytime closures most of the summer, allowing boaters some access from Lake Michigan down as far as Seneca.

This is the official word from the Army Corps, as of the last update in October, 2019.

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LOCK CLOSURES

Marseilles Lock & Dam, RM 244.6
Starved Rock Lock & Dam, RM 231.0
Peoria Lock & Dam, RM 157.7
Lagrange Lock & Dam, RM 80.2

Dresden Island – Partial Closure scheduled July 6-Oct. 3 and Oct. 25-Oct. 28 Locks operational from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a 70-ft width restriction and no ability to pull unpowered barges. Full Closure scheduled Oct. 4-Oct. 24

Marseilles Lock & Dam, RM 244.6 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 06 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 29 October 2020.

Starved Rock Lock & Dam, RM 231.0 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 01 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 29 October 2020.

Peoria Lock & Dam, RM 157.7 will be closed to all navigation at 0600 on 06 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 30 September 2020.

LaGrange Lock & Dam, RM 80.2 will close to all navigation at 0600 on 01 July 2020 and will reopen at 1800 on 30 September 2020.

The purpose of these closures is to perform major maintenance as part of the Illinois Waterway Consolidated Closures.