We row on the Des Plaines River at the base of Madison Avenue.  The river is a living thing.  It changes every day and seems to have its own personality.  Below are the nearest height gauge readings.  The height is updated daily.  The ideal height seems to be somewhere between 13 and 15 feet.  A variance is no problem, but sometimes the river is too low or too high.  We keep a close eye on the movement of the height.