IMPORTANT INFORMATION IS LISTED BELOW TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND

TODAY STREAM FLOWS ARE RUNNING 3 FASTER AT WATTS AND CHEWEY; 4X AT BARREN FORK CREEK-ELDON; AND, 6X AT TAHLEQUAH GAGE SITES THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS.

FLOATERS AND SWIMMERS WHO DO NOT POSSESS STRONG BOATING AND SWIMMING SKILLS ARE ADVISED TO USE EXTREME CAUTION.

IT’S A MUST THAT ALL FLOATERS AND SWIMMERS WEAR A LIFEJACKET.

BEFORE SETTING OUT ON YOUR FLOAT TRIP IT’S A MUST TO CONSULT THE COMMERCIAL FLOTATION DEVICE OPERATION FOR THE MOST-UP-TO-DATE RIVER CONDITIONS AND FLOATING GUIDANCE.

ALL ILLINOIS RIVER BASIN GAGE SITES HAVE CRESTED WITH WATER LEVELS CONTINUING TO FALL

Gage Sites Crest Date/Time/Water Level:

· Barren Fork Creek – Hwy 51/Eldon Wednesday, May 22nd at 10:00am – 7.73 feet

· Flint Creek – Hwy 412/Kansas Tuesday, May 21st at 4:00pm – 8.75 feet

· Illinois River – Hwy 59/Watts Wednesday, May 22nd at 4:00am – 6.53 feet

· Illinois River – Chewey Road Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00pm – 8.00 feet

· Illinois River – Hwy 62/Tahlequah Wednesday, May 22nd at 5:00am – 10.32 feet

SUMMARY OF ILLINOIS RIVER BASIN GAGE SITES (as of 8:30am, today)

Click on the Station/Gage Name listed on left side in the color Blue… to access the gage directly. Note, if you click on the 07196320 Illinois River near Moodys, OK site, there’s a river camera feature where you may view real time river conditions

Water Levels are highlighted in the color yellow and Flow in the color blue (multiply the Flow by 450 to determine number of gallons per minute passing the gage site

/Time

Gage

height,

feet

Dis-

charge,

ft3/s

Reser-

voir

eleva-

tion

above

datum,

feet

Elev-

ation,

feet

above

NGVD

GroupBenton County, Arkansas

07194880

Osage Creek near Cave Springs, AR

05/23 07:45 CDT

1.83

88.7

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--

07194933

Spring Creek at Hwy 112 nr Springdale, AR

05/23 08:45 CDT

10.44

147

--

--

07195000

Osage Creek near Elm Springs, AR

05/22 20:15 CDT

3.84

421

--

--

07195400

Illinois River at Hwy. 16 near Siloam Springs AR

05/23 08:00 CDT

7.66

1,230

--

--

07195430

Illinois River South of Siloam Springs, AR

05/23 08:15 CDT

4.60

1,210

--

--

07195800

Flint Creek at Springtown, AR

05/23 08:00 CDT

3.81

44.6

--

--

GroupWashington County, Arkansas

07194800

Illinois River at Savoy, AR

05/23 08:00 CDT

3.29

223

--

--

071948095

Mud Creek near Johnson, AR

05/23 08:15 CDT

3.42

16.0

--

--

07194906

Spring Creek at Sanders Ave at Springdale, AR

05/23 08:05 CDT

6.19

2.11

--

--

07196900

Baron Fork at Dutch Mills, AR

05/23 08:30 CDT

1.99

85.6

--

--

GroupAdair County, Oklahoma

07195500

Illinois River near Watts, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

4.88

1,430

--

--

07196090

Illinois River at Chewey, OK

05/23 08:15 CDT

5.93

2,430

--

--

GroupCherokee County, Oklahoma

07196320

Illinois River near Moodys, OK

05/23 08:00 CDT

6.52

--

--

--

07196500

Illinois River near Tahlequah, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

8.66

4,310

--

--

07197000

Baron Fork at Eldon, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

7.39

918

--

--

07197360

Caney Creek near Barber, OK

05/23 08:00 CDT

17.83

--

--

--

05/22 09:00 CDT

--

Bkw

--

--

GroupDelaware County, Oklahoma

07195855

Flint Creek near West Siloam Springs, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

5.91

220

--

--

07195865

Sager Creek near West Siloam Springs, OK

05/23 08:15 CDT

6.11

84.3

--

--

07196000

Flint Creek near Kansas, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

7.19

576

--

--

GroupSequoyah County, Oklahoma

07198000

Illinois River near Gore, OK

05/23 08:30 CDT

7.40

257

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--

Historical Gage Information:

· Barren Fork Creek/Eldon – Record level 28.51 feet on April 25, 2011… Risen to 18ft minimum flood stage 32 times.

· Flint Creek/Kansas – Record level 19.42 feet on June 8, 1974… Risen to 11ft minimum flood stage 23 times.

· Illinois River/Watts – Record level 30.16 feet on April 30, 2017… Risen to 13ft minimum flood stage 140 times.

· Illinois River/Chewey – Record level 32.35 feet on December 28, 2015… Risen to 12ft minimum flood stage 17 times (note this gage site on-line only 8 years).

· Illinois River/Tahlequah – Record level 30.69 feet on December 28, 2015… Risen to 11ft minimum flood stage 216 times.

Considerations for a safe float trip:

It’s important to inform the commercial flotation device operation if you or anyone in your party is a first-time or novice floater(s) or lacks strong swimming skills, so they may pair you with an experienced paddler/floater or float you in a raft where there is a lesser chance for capsizing.

Always wear a personal flotation device (U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket) at all times;

Never swim or boat alone. Stay within sight of companions;

Do not float or swim when river levels and flows are higher than normal (brown-colored water w/visible debris on the surface) or at flood stage;

If you capsize, stay with your flotation device on the upstream side. Resist the urge to grab a fixed object don't get pinned between the flotation device and a rock or tree;

When tired, take a break on a gravel bar to relax;

Take a shorter length float trip (especially in rafts and inner tubes) when river levels are at Summer-time lows and winds are out of the South greater than 10mph;

Do not dive into the river from bridges, bluffs, streambanks and trees;

Do not swing on rope swings and jump into the water as there may be submerged logs and tree branches that could cause bodily harm;

Be sure to bring sunglasses, extra cover up clothing, hat and suntan lotion. The sun reflecting off the water will give a person without sunglasses a headache and the extra clothing gives an opportunity not to sunburn;

Be sure to take water, tea, Gatorade, other thirst-quenching drinks and peanut butter crackers or similar snacks. Try to avoid beer and soda pops as they tend to dehydrate the body and alcohol impairs judgment;

Be sure to wear river wading shoes to ensure no cuts to your feet;

Never take anything on your float trip that you don't want to lose. Check your car keys with the commercial flotation device operation for safe keeping;

Respect the rights of fishermen and private property owners;

Camp only in designated areas. Avoid being trapped by rising water against bluffs or on gravel bars;

Do not tie flotation devices together as it against the law and violators are subject to fine;

Do not use profanity;

Do not use glass and Styrofoam containers;

Do not litter;

Shower with soap and water after swimming;

Wash cuts and scrapes with clean water and soap after swimming;

Wear ear plugs;

Wear swim goggles;

Take children to the restroom frequently;

Use swim diapers on infants;

Stay away from any area that has floating debris, oil sheens or dead fish;

Do not swim after a heavy rain;

Do not swim in water with a temperature greater than 80ºF;

Do not swim if you have cuts or scrapes;

Do not swim near storm drains;

Do not swim in stagnant (unmoving) water;

Do not swim in water with a green surface scum; and,

Do not ingest water.

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