Officials Lifting No-Wake Ordinances In Some Northern Illinois Counties

Jul 3, 2017

A no-wake ordinance on the Rock River will be lifted in some northern Illinois counties today, according to sheriff's department officials.

Credit "SLOW NO WAKE" by Flickr User Kevin Jarrett / (CC X 2.0)

The no-wake order was posted in several northern Illinois counties last week after the National Weather Service-issued flood warning.

That included Lee, Ogle and Winnebago counties. Ogle County lifted their no-wake ban early Monday morning. Lee County Sheriff John Simonton says the no-wake signs will be taken down by Monday afternoon.

However, Simonton says that’s on the condition that boaters still take additional precautions, since the Rock River is still flowing faster than normal and slightly above normal pool.

The no-wake ordinance remains in effect for Winnebago County because of high water levels and floating debris. Cherry Valley's fire chief is asking people to stay off the Kishwaukee River because of dangerous conditions. Six kayakers were rescued Monday afternoon from the river near Cherry Valley. No one was injured.

Motorized water vehicles cannot go faster than five miles per hour in no-wake zones, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.