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Winnebago County Sheriff's Department River Information Page

 The Winnebago County Sheriffs Department constantly monitors the Rock River water gauges. As we all learned by scientific data provided by the National Weather Service the Foredam Dam is not a flood control dam.  The 7.2 foot water level at the Latham Park gauge mentioned in the ComEd document is a guideline level. The river level at the Foredam dam also has to be considered so damage is not caused to the dam.


Effective 3:30 PM on Friday, April 10, 2020 the Rock River will be Open

for the entire Rock River in Winnebago County with no restrictions.


Please use this link for more information on the flooding: PIOWINNCO

Current River Levels:

Pecatonica at Shirland
Rock River at Rockton
Rock River at Latham
Rock River at Rockford
Kishwaukee River at Perryville

Current Conditions:
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) 319-6444. Visit this NOAA website for current river levels.'

Sign Up for Notifications:
For notifications about the river status, please register at After registering, make sure to join to "Rock River Information" group.

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Boat Telephone Number:
815-262-1510.  This number rings directly to the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Boat during regular boating patrol hours.  The customary patrol season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Please note the patrol season may be extended earlier and/or later as the schedule is based upon weather and river conditions. 

Other rivers in Winnebago County include the Pecatonica, Kishwaukee, and Sugar.  However, due to the shallow conditions of these three rivers, navigation is generally limited to canoes and other small craft.


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