While we can’t control the weather, we do know how the weather effects the river.
Floating Safety Guidelines
Eagle Bluff Guests float the Upper Illinois River, which is most popular due to its faster water and because it’s fun! However Eagle Bluff will never put profit, or its Guests wishes, above the safety guidelines we have adopted. PERIOD
We use the Safety Guidelines based on river levels and adopted by the Illinois River Association in 1993.
Upper Illinois River Safety Guidelines:
Five Foot Six Inches -
All Children 10 & Under Switch to Rafts
Six Foot -
All Adults and Children Switch to Rafts
Seven Feet -
Children 10 & Under Not Float at All
Nine Feet Six Inches
- ALL FLOATING CEASES!
Though the Illinois River is a Class II River, and good for leisurely floating, it is a water sport and must be treated with caution.
We however, do float rain or shine. Safety Guidelines are based on age groups as well as river levels, so some may be able to float while others can’t, based on the Safety Guidelines. If we can not float you the day you wanted, or you are not comfortable floating that day, just let us know and you will have up to 18 months to use any float deposit paid.
State Law requires those 12 and under to wear their life jacket at all times. We have four sizes of high quality vest Life Jackets (PFD’s) as shown in the video for those under 90# available to use for your float trip at no additional charge. These are custom sized for children at the office. At river levels of 5'-6" or higher we strongly urge all Adult floaters to wear their life jackets. All Eagle Bluff Floaters are provided with USCG approved Life Jackets for their float at no charge. ALL GUESTS MUST SIGN A LIABILITY WAIVER, including Campers and Lodgers.