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Posted on: May 22, 2023

Dangerous River Conditions

River conditions Press Release with photo of rogue river

Springtime recreationists on the Rogue, Applegate, and Illinois rivers are being warned of colder-than-average water conditions, river CFS of above 4550, and new strainers/hazards. 

“The water temperature in the Rogue River is currently in the low 50s, which is significantly colder than average for this time of year,” said Wayne Nelson, Battalion Chief with Grants Pass Fire Rescue. “This cold water can cause hypothermia, even with experienced swimmers. 

In addition, the river CFS is currently above 4550, which is considered high water. This high water can make it difficult to control a boat or raft and can also increase the risk of strainers.” 

Strainers are submerged objects that can trap swimmers and boaters. They can be trees, logs, or even man-made objects like bridge pilings. If a swimmer or boater is trapped in a strainer, they can quickly drown. 

Please take the following safety precautions:

•           Wear a life jacket.
•           Check the river conditions before you go.
•           Be aware of your surroundings.
•           Don’t swim or boat alone.
•           Be prepared to get out of the water quickly if necessary.
•           Always let others know your river plan, including time in and place and expected time out and location.  

“By following these safety precautions, you can help to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable springtime on the river.”

Current Rogue River data

Current Applegate River Data

Current Illinois River data

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