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Where did the Vermillion River go?

Dick G

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With the recent drought conditions in Illinois, many rivers are at near record low flows. Here are two pictures of the Vermillion River taken on May 30th and July 11th.



As others have said, this is the time to get out and study river structure without water obstructing your view.

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The bridge is Route 178 by Lowell.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Aug. 2nd update. River is at lowest levels yet. This shot is taken from midstream looking upstream. It is about a mile upstream from the rivers mouth. There is water in the river up to this point. This however, is due to the Illinois River which is not at an all time low as of yet. The river does hold water in pools upstream from this point.


There are dead Asian carp scattered throughout these rocks and in the pools above this point and the river below it. The air smells of dead fish.


Lowell Bridge


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