Fox River Status Update
June 19, 2015
The observed inflows to the Chain of Lakes are 1300 cfs and
dropping. The Chain of Lakes stage per the Fox Lake gage is 4.9 feet and
falling. Outflows from Stratton Dam are 2500 cfs. The Fox
River tailwater stage at Stratton Dam is 3.2 feet and falling. The Fox
River tailwater stage at Algonquin Dam is 8.33 feet and is holding
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting a chance of
rain Saturday afternoon and evening and Sunday evening. The NWS is
predicting that the Fox River near New Munster, WI will continue to fall.
More rain is forecasted for next week.
With the Fox River and Chain of Lakes falling, the Obermeyer
Hinged Crest Gate at Stratton Dam will be closed Saturday morning at 8am.
The closing of the gate should allow the Fox River at Stratton Dam tailwater
gage to fall below the no-wake stage of 3.0. Please beware although
the stage will be below no-wake levels, flows on the Fox River will remain high
with the potential for high river velocities. The Fox River and Chain of
Lakes will continue fall. We will continue monitoring rainfall and
watershed response with the rainfall next week.
Rita M. Lee, P.E., CFM
Engineering Studies Section Chief
IDNR Office of Water Resources