Information on Illinois Bayou
S1: (Snow creek run) Take Hwy 7 north from I-40 at
Russellville, and then take Hwy 27 in Dover towards
Hector. Turn left at Hwy 105 (Hwy 105 turns back into
Hwy 27 at Hector) go through Hector to the second bridge
that crosses the Bayou and turn left on to the dirt road
just prior to driving over the bridge. Put in were Snow
Cr. enters the Bayou.
S2: (Hector bridge to bridge run) Put in at the second
bridge past Hector and take out at the next bridge just
outside of Hector.
Topo Quad(s): N/A
Gradient: 20 fpm
Length: S1: 2 mi.
S2: 5 mi.
Season: SPRING and FALL
Gauge: The USGS gauge at Scottsville should be between 6 and 8
feet for a good run. Advanced boaters can enjoy big water
at levels over 8 feet, but the creek is much more hazardous.
LINK TO USGS GAUGE
Hazards: trees, pour over hydraulics at high levels - the last
hydraulic on S2 can be sticky at higher levels
Description: S1 is a good class II run for intermediate boaters.
Beware of downed trees in this section. S2 is a good run for
beginners. Some of the best action on S2 comes just downstream
of the put-in at a series of standing waves created by ledge drops.
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