Flooding dampens summer recreation along Illinois River

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Flooding along the Illinois River this summer has dampened recreational activities.

Marina owners, boat shop workers and campground managers along the river in central Illinois tell the (Peoria) Journal Star that the high waters have made the season a wash out.

National Marine owner Pat Ward in Peoria Heights calls “a disaster.” The National Weather Service has regularly issued flood warnings for the river this summer. On Tuesday warnings stretched from north of Peoria to the Mississippi River with Havana and Beardstown particularly hard hit. The river was closed to recreational boating from June 19 to July 24.

Starved Rock State Park superintendent Kerry Novak tells the (LaSalle) News Tribune that mud deposited by Illinois River flooding is 7 to 8 inches thick in some areas.