Fox River Stratton Operations Status Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related Stay at Home Executive Order issued March 20, 2020, the William G. Stratton-Thomas A. Bolger Lock facility on the Fox River in McHenry County will be temporarily closed to the public. The lock will be open for licensed commercial use Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. beginning May 4, 2020.
While temporary, this closure will be enforced until further notice.
It appears that the Fox Lake and the Stratton Dam Tailwater have crested and have started to recede. The current stage levels at Fox Lake and the Stratton Dam Tailwater are 6.35 ft and 6.06 ft, respectively.
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting ½” to 1” of precipitation for the next 2 days in the Fox River watershed.
Based on today’s river forecast from the NWS, our estimates show a downward trend for both the inflows and the stage levels at the Fox Lake as well as the Stratton Dam Tailwater. However, as we have witnessed in the past weeks, the trend could change very quickly if the watershed received heavy localized precipitation.
SYSTEM CONDITIONS AND OPERATIONS
All gates are completely opened at the Stratton and Algonquin dams.