Average Depth is about 2 1/2 to 4 feet
These are perfect river levels to safely enjoy your float! However, river levels can change up and down quickly. Since we have a relatively large river valley, flash flooding is not quite as severe on the Illinois River as some other rivers. Also, the river’s water rises and falls much quicker than lakes because the water is flowing and not being held back.
Watts Bridge shows the approximate water Eagle Bluff will receive in 12 Hours. And Chewey Bridge shows approximate water we will receive in 6 Hours. Actual river levels you will experience for your float may need adjusted up or down due to other factors we have learned over the decades.
Some River Levels should be left to the professionals with proper safety gear
If there’s been lots of rain
Please call us and we will be happy to explain how it is effecting the river. Also we have provided these buttons to access the current river level gauges used by the USGS (United States Geological Service).
Each River Event is Different
Much depends on how high the water table is in the valley when the rain starts to fall. The lower the water table the slower the rain brings up the river level. Sometimes significant rain fall increase the river depth very little. However, if the water table is high (aka ground saturated) then the river can rise more quickly. There are many variables involved, including where you are floating on the river. We might not be able to float in the morning, but may float in the afternoon.
Please Note: The Tahlequah gauge is downriver from Eagle Bluff, but is often the gauge noted in news reports, and usually is reporting higher water than we experience. It is of little help in determining the future water at Eagle Bluff Resort or where we float.