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Lower zone of Fox River between Algonquin and McHenry dam at no wake status

H. Rick Bamman file photo – hbamman@shawmedia.com
Thor Forsberg of Barrington cleans up his 1973 Trojan boat, "Hagar IV," before leaving the Port Barrington Marina for a short trip on the Fox River.
H. Rick Bamman file photo – hbamman@shawmedia.com Thor Forsberg of Barrington cleans up his 1973 Trojan boat, "Hagar IV," before leaving the Port Barrington Marina for a short trip on the Fox River.

FOX LAKE – Fox Waterway Agency officials announced that the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has lifted its restriction on boating on the lower part of the Fox River, between Algonquin and the William G. Stratton-Thomas A. Bolger Lock and Dam in McHenry, and moved it to a “no wake” status.

The decision took effect at 1 p.m. Friday, according to a news release from the agency.

The upper river, north of the dam to Pistakee Lake, and the entire Chain O’ Lakes now are open for boating. There still is a debris advisory in effect for the entire system.

Boaters who spot debris are asked to report it using the Fox Waterway Agency application or by filling out a customer concern form at www.foxwaterway.com with the location of concern.

“The eyes of our boaters are really important,” Fox Waterway Agency Director Joe Keller said.

Keller said the lower river still is in no wake status because communities along that portion of the river still are dealing with receding water.

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