River restrictions lifted
You can launch your boat on the Rock River in Rock County this weekend, but you’ll have to keep your speed to the minimum on the parts of the river near Janesville.
A slow, no-wake zone continues in Janesville Township and the city of Janesville this weekend, said Tom Presny, the city’s parks director.
“While the river levels continue to drop, some private property, such as docks and shoreline, remain under water,” according to a city of Janesville news release.
The river is open to normal boat speeds upstream from Janesville Township, starting roughly at Camp Indian Trails, Presny said. The towns of Milton and Fulton lifted their slow, no-wake restrictions today.
A slow, no-wake restriction continues on Clear Lake in Milton Township, however.
Downstream from Janesville, the town of Rock’s slow, no-wake order remains in effect, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office.
The town of Beloit’s slow, no-wake order was lifted May 16.
The city of Janesville has granted permission for the Rock Aqua Jays Water Ski Show Team to begin practices on the river beginning Tuesday in the area directly in front of Traxler Park, where the city owns both shorelines.
The Aqua Jays usually begin practice in April, with their first show taking place on Memorial Day. For 2008, the Memorial Day show was cancelled.
Presny said the Janesville area’s slow-no wake restriction might be lifted for the first weekend in June.
The Rock River’s level has declined steadily over the past week. The river gauge at Afton has dropped by more than 18 inches. The gauge was nearing 7 feet this morning. Flood stage at Afton is considered 9 feet.
The Rock River gauge upriver at Indianford also has fallen over the past week, from 13.64 feet to 12.84 feet.