Restrictions in effect on Rock River over Labor Day weekend
Online Staff Report
Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers has announced the placement of certain restrictions on the Rock River in Winnebago County over the Labor Day weekend.
The restrictions are the result of a number of activities planned on or adjacent to the Rock River during the Labor Day holiday weekend and On the Waterfront Festival, which is a State of Illinois, Department of Natural Resources permitted event.
A “no wake” restriction will be in effect on the Rock River south of the Whitman Street bridge beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31, and remaining in effect until midnight, Sunday, Sept. 2.
Also, there will be a floating green for a hole-in-one contest just south of Beattie Park approximately 120 yards from the west shore. Golfers will be hitting colored golf balls from the west shore. Water craft operators should use caution in this area. The floating green will be marked and will be in the water during the entire time of the festival.
Additionally, the Rockford Park District will be closing the boat ramp at the Riverview Ice House to the public beginning Thursday, Aug. 30, through Sunday, Sept. 2.
As always, recreational users of the river should exercise caution when operating on the river.
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) 316-8888, or visit www.winnebagosheriff.com.
Posted Aug. 29, 2012
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