The recent rainfall, flooding, and tornadoes have created problems for recreational areas across the region, but Tahlequah has been almost clear of inclement weather, and the Illinois River has been safe for outdoor fun. Weekends on the Illinois River are usually busy, but business has been lacking for float operators, and they want the public to know that river conditions are ideal for locals and tourists. Cities along the Arkansas River have seen severe flooding, but Pam Hazen, owner of War Eagle Resort, said not many folks realize the Illinois River water is separate. "When they hear the rivers are flooded, they just think every river is flooded," Hazen said. "People don’t realize that our water comes from northwest Arkansas and it does not come out of the Grand Lake and things like that." Hazen said the resort’s revenue was 63 percent off for the month of May. Meanwhile, Arrowhead Resort has seen about a third of the revenue it brought in this time last year. Owner David Spears also said the "perception" that […]