Middle Fork boating ban lifted

Middle Fork boating ban lifted

RURAL OAKWOOD — A boating ban on the Middle Fork River has been lifted in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted the ban Thursday afternoon after a conservation police officer reported the river level near Oakwood was 3.58 feet with a discharge of 1,300 cubic feet per second.

The department restricted boating on the river from a northern boundary in Potomac to a southern boundary in the state park on Tuesday morning. At that time, the water level was at 5.65 feet with a discharge of 2,880 cubic feet per second.

In addition, the officer reported dangerous currents, trees and other debris in the water and sharp turns in the course of the river that made boating hazardous.

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