Coast Guard lifts restrictions on Illinois River

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(ST. LOUIS) — The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River captain of the port lifted the restrictions on the Illinois River on Tuesday.  

The river is now open to all recreational and commercial traffic.

The Coast Guard reminds recreational boaters and mariners to always wear your life jackets, ensure you have the proper equipment and to always use caution. 

Rivers are currently experiencing stronger-than-average currents. Anyone on or in the river is advised to use caution.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM Channels 16 and 22 for any changes to the river.

By Professional Mariner Staff