USGS Water-Year Summary 2023
05587060 ILLINOIS RIVER AT HARDIN, IL
LOCATION - Lat 39°09'36.6", long 90°36'57.8" referenced to North American Datum of 1983, in NW 1/4 NW 1/4 sec.26, T.10 S., R.2 W., Calhoun County, IL, Hydrologic Unit 07130011, on right bank at downstream side of State Highways 16 and 100 bridge at north edge of Hardin, 1.6 mi downstream from Macoupin Creek and at mile 21.5.
DRAINAGE AREA - 28,690 mi². does not include diversion from Lake Michigan through the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, which has occurred since Jan. 17, 1900.
PERIOD OF RECORD -
SURFACE-WATER DISCHARGE AND STAGE
STAGE: October 1986 to current. Gage-height record for February 1932 to Sept. 30,
1986, available in files of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Partial gage-height
records from 1878 through 1880 available in files of U.S. Army Corps of
PARTIAL RECORD: Miscellaneous discharge measurements, water years 1997-98.
CHEMICAL: Water years 1978-91.
WATER TEMPERATURE: Water years 1973-77.
MISCELLANEOUS: Contaminants in streambed sediments, October 1996; contaminants
in fish tissue, October 1996; sediment concentration and particle size,
water years 1997-98.
GAGE - Water-stage recorder, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers satellite
telemeter, and crest-stage gage. Datum of gage is 399.81 ft above NAVD of 1988.
EXTREMES OUTSIDE PERIOD OF RECORD -
Maximum gage height, 38.2 ft Apr. 29, 1973; minimum observed, 7.33 ft,
Oct. 7, 1879, from records of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
EXTREMES FOR PERIOD OF RECORD - STAGE: Maximum, 42.40 ft from floodmark, Aug. 3, 1993, due to backwater from the Mississippi River; minimum, 18.06 ft, Dec. 22, 1989.