Fox River Current Conditions

Stream Gauges and River Closure Notices

Stream Gauges on the Fox River

The U.S. Geological Service’s National Water Information System maintains a network of stream gauges in partnership with state and local agencies. From the USGS “Current Conditions for Illinois” webpage:

Streamgages are used nationwide to predict and address drought and flood conditions by monitoring water availability. The USGS and over 850 Federal, State, and local agencies cooperatively fund the USGS streamgaging network, which consists of over 8,000 streamgages.

Streamflow in Illinois is monitored in cooperation with State, County, and other Federal agencies.”

Here are links to the stream gauges on the Fox River:

FOX RIVER AT JOHNSBURG, IL

FOX RIVER NEAR MCHENRY, IL

FOX RIVER (TAILWATER) NEAR MCHENRY, IL (stream gauge downstream of the McHenry Lock and Dam)

FOX LAKE NEAR LAKE VILLA, IL

FOX RIVER AT ALGONQUIN, IL

FOX RIVER (TAILWATER) AT ALGONQUIN, IL  (stream gauge downstream of the Algonquin Dam)

FOX RIVER AT SOUTH ELGIN, IL

FOX RIVER AT SOUTH ELGIN, IL (TAILWATER) (stream gauge downstream of the S. Elgin Dam)

FOX RIVER AT MONTGOMERY, IL

FOX RIVER AT YORKVILLE, IL

FOX RIVER BYPASS AT YORKVILLE, IL

FOX RIVER TAILWATER AT YORKVILLE, IL

FOX RIVER AT DAYTON, IL

Fox River Recreational Boating Closures

During floods and fast water the Illinois Department of Natural Resources may designate “Restricted Boating Areas” on sections of the Fox River at the request of local authorities. Illinois DNR routinely monitors river conditions throughout the state. Click the link below to check for the latest updates.​

https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/closures/Pages/RiverClosures.aspx