Coast Guard reopens Mississippi and Illinois rivers to recreational boat traffic

ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard has re-opened the Mississippi and Illinois rivers to all recreational vessel traffic.

The Coast Guard is requesting that boats transiting on the Illinois River between Beardstown, Ill., and Kingston, Ill., to proceed at the slowest safe speed to minimize wake damage.

“The summer is fast approaching us and I wish everyone to be safe on the waterways and always remember to wear your life jacket,” said Capt. Steve Hudson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River.

Additional safe boating practices can be found at

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