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Fox Chain O'Lakes level's & bridge clearance official thread

Yaj Yak

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facebookfuckers?

fuck em

more than 6+ inches of rain for a large chunk of the chain watershed in under 48 hours. these people are chucklheads.
 

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I hope it does close. I just like to see the LFRB get all worked up. We got ALOT of rain up north. The river has been LOW since early July and people have been boating with no restrictions since.
 

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Well. woke up at 445 to my sump pumps sounding "off". I come downstairs and water just at the very top of the sump pump hole. Im like fuck. I tested it last night and setup my backyard hoses. Looked like a power cord was caught somewhere causing it not to turn on? IDK I messed with shit and it started working again. I was just about to throw a utility pump down the hole and start pumping water out while I goto Menards to wait untill they open at 6AM. We got alot of water last night and my rain gauge was maxed out. If they "close" the river I might just pull my boat and waverunner for the season.

Here we go again!!!
 

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It's definitely going to be closed soon... #SoMuchRain

i could check your shit after work if you'd like me to, on my way out of town.

i retied my toon this morning, water came up a LOT up by me.

it might not even come up that much by you though, the thing i read yesterday, sounds like they have the river on max drainage right now.

a lot of water coming in though.
 

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i could check your shit after work if you'd like me to, on my way out of town.

i retied my toon this morning, water came up a LOT up by me.

it might not even come up that much by you though, the thing i read yesterday, sounds like they have the river on max drainage right now.

a lot of water coming in though.
I wouldn't mind at all! I'll probably take a look today too
 

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I can, no problem.

Normally my tooner is a step down. Nooottttt right now lol

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i have zero fucking idea why the lakes are still "open" (albeit no wake)

but FUCK it's 110% the highest it's been since ive lived at my house. it's across the road to get to our house, my pooontoon pier is under 8" of water at the sea wall now... it's fucked.
 

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Buddy of mine was supposed to hang out with us and knock a few back Saturday night at my Brothers new house.
He didnt make it as he had to pull his and his buddies toon's out of the water. Dont know what body of water he is on, all I know is he docks it right by where Epic deli used to be.
 

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My boat floated off my lift and someone had tied up my boat. Pulled my boat out on Friday night. I’m done with this shit, I know, you can’t control rain, water blah blah blah..... this is my 7th season on the chain and every year it seems to get worse. I know 7yrs is nothing compared to what some one you have been on the chain but this has solidified my decision to sell my boat and head to the big lake.
 
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My boat floated off my lift and someone had tied up my boat. Pulled my boat out on Friday night. I’m don’t with this shit, I know, you can’t control rain, water blah blah blah..... this is my 7th season on the chain and every year it seems to get worse. I know 7yrs is nothing compared to what some one you have been on the chain but this has solidified my decision to see my boat and head to the big lake.

this year was pretty solid all things considered. i dont think it's a blah blah blah situation when this area got like 10 inches of rain last week. that's an INSANE amount of water. the one year when we lost july- when i got my formula was a worse year overall.
 

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Yeah worst since 2017 flood for sure. Also have no idea why lakes are "open" my guess is DNR does not call any shots on the weekend. River look OK where Eagle is but lakes are most definitely flooded. Saw people boating off the 12 bridge like no big deal on Sunday.

Hopefully will crest soon down by me. Went to raise the Powerquest up on Friday and lift cable snapped. Boat fell into the water. I tired it up and got my trailer and neighbor ready. River was still "no wake" at that time. Made my way north to closest launch ramp at Fox 14. CLOSED. Wtf they supposed to be open on Friday. Went further north to no wake bar parking lot flooded and launch ramp closed. At this time I get notification on phone that lower and upper are CLOSED. Im over here trying to now get to Forest preserve launch with the floating docks to get the boat out. Yeah im at no wake speed. But at 1500rpm kinda Lake Geneva plowing . It was super windy out and 1-2 footers on the river and current was ripping. I was making a wake and thought I would have my picture posted on LFRB for sure. Left the cover half way on the boat and opened engine compartment to make sure people know I wasn't out on a leassurely cruise. But made it to launch ramp and pulled boat out with no issue.
 

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yeah Lake County PD went by and i was like uh hey guys, any idea when "they'll" close this shit?

they shrugged and were like dunno that they will.

wtf
 

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River is in people's yards and up to the cabana at Kief's/176 bridge on Thursday. Even higher last night. Can't believe how high and how fast the river rose.
 

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Yeah they closed canoeing at the place we are planning to go camping. Looked ad its up so many feet. So who knows might go somewhere else now.
 

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this year was pretty solid all things considered. i dont think it's a blah blah blah situation when this area got like 10 inches of rain last week. that's an INSANE amount of water. the one year when we lost july- when i got my formula was a worse year overall.

You are correct in the fact that was a shit ton of rain but just because we can say its no ones fault doesn't mean we have to except it as the norm. I dont feel the water levels are handled correctly within the chain O lakes. All Im saying is the hassle of flooding and low water times is not wroth the price of admission in my opinion any more.
 

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The chain is such a necessary evil. It sucks but it also offers so much. It's not like a lake in Northern Wi where you drive in circles all day and have 1 or 2 bars/restaurants to go to.
 

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You are correct in the fact that was a shit ton of rain but just because we can say its no ones fault doesn't mean we have to except it as the norm. I dont feel the water levels are handled correctly within the chain O lakes. All Im saying is the hassle of flooding and low water times is not wroth the price of admission in my opinion any more.
i mean, i 1000% dont know what they could have done differently this go 'round.

i get it that you are bailing though- it's tough to boat how you do and make it make sense for the money you spend.

you'll have plenty of days on the big pond you can't go out- but just like the chain- plenty of great ones to make up for it.

The midwest is seriously an awful place to plan on good boating for a season.

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that being said, i think we put around 45 engine hours on our pontoon this year- and we didn't start boating until july because of working on our house. im not pulling out yet- i've got solid hope for some mid 60's and sunny days in october 🤣

we also managed to put however many hours on our formula on cumberland in 4-5 days in that time frame as well.
 

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So without doing much research...the chain feeds in to fox river which feeds in to the IL river, correct? I wonder if they're doing anything different with the locks on the fox river now that the IL river is going to be closed for two weeks (9/21 - 10/5) for work on Marseilles and starved rock locks.
 

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It's crazy to me that it's higher now than it was this spring when it rained like every day for weeks/months
 

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