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About Our Rain Gauge Network

SMC’s rain gauge network currently consists of 13 gauges located throughout the county. The average distance between the gauges is 5 miles.

Rain Gauge map (PDF format 4.8MB)

USGS Rain/Stream Gauges
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains over a dozen stream gauges in Lake County. SMC cost-shares operational funding for 4 of these gauges located at: 

  • Russell Road at Des Plaines River
    (USGS Site # 05527800, Rain Data, Stream Discharge and Water Level Monitoring)

  • Gurnee – Route 120 at Des Plaines River
    (USGS Site # 05528000, Rain Data, Stream Discharge and Water Level Monitoring)

  • Hunt Club Road at Mill Creek
    (USGS Site # 05527950, Stream Discharge and Water Level Monitoring)

  • Lincolnshire - Rt. 22 at Des Plaines River 
    (USGS Site #05528100, Stream Discharge and Water Level Monitoring)

For information on all Illinois USGS-operated stream gauges, click here.

SMC Staff Gauge at Route 173 and the Fox River

Readings available on NWS website.    

SMC and the Fox Waterway Agency (FWA) obtained and installed a staff gauge located on the bridge at Rt. 173 and the Fox River. The gauge provides a safe and efficient method of obtaining current water surface elevations at a point in between the USGS gauges at  New Munster, WI and the Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry, IL. 

Local Partners
All rain gauges in the network are operated with local municipal partners who agree to provide AC power and a telephone line for the gauge. SMC is seeking additional sites to expand the network and if your community is interested in sponsoring the operating costs, please contact  Bob Gardiner or call 847.377.7704.

Disclaimer: LCSMC gauge data to be included on this page has not received Director's approval and as such is provisional and subject to revision. The data is released on the condition that neither the LCSMC nor the Lake County Government may be held liable for any damages resulting from their use. Some data collected during cold weather may be affected by snow, and errors in water-equivalent values may result. 







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Rain Gauge map (PDF format 4.8MB)