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04-30-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of some of the River Crowd   at the Grand Opening Party at the Sand Bar Restaurant last night.   There was a good turn out despite the weather and a good time was had by all. &nbspFirst of all, everyone got an Island Lei upon arrival ~ ~ ~ ~ The free Hors d' oeuvres were really good ~~ The Bud Girl had fun handing out the Budweiser goodies, courtesy of Eddie at Krey Distributing ~~ The 2 piece Jimmy Manno band was belting out the tunes and had the party goers dancing late into the night ~~ I salute the bartenders and waitresses for doing an excellent job, everyone kept them really busy!   All in all I would say that it was a "Grand" opening.   Look for pictures on the Sand Bar's website soon.~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I also got to meet some new folks last night.   There was Jan Williams of "Williams Marine Clean" ~ ~ ~ Eddie of Krey Distributing ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Bob Weider of Metro East Fiberglass ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Jeannie Weider of Shakers Bath House, a "Self Service Dog Wash" ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ It was good meeting you all !

04-29-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a   helicopter heading up river   a couple of weeks ago near Royal Landing.   It looks like it is low enough that it could pull a water skier.
Man Jumps From Clark Bridge on Wednesday ------ According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, a man jumped from the Clark Bridge into the Mississippi River on Wednesday morning.   Rescue attempts were unsuccessful.     For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Royal Princess II Was Spotted In Iowa ------ It is a small world. Our friend, Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin' e-mailed me that she spotted the Royal Princess passing the "city front" in Clinton, Iowa on April 24th and snapped a picture.   Kathy says "Neat Boat"............ Thanks for the info Kathy.
By Owner Yachts - Boat of the Month ------ "By Owner Yachts" has placed a new AD in the main body of  RiverBill's.    Scroll down and check out the "Boat of the Month" ! 
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 58 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on night crawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/28/2005)."
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

04-28-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a 96 ft. Skipperliner,   Royal Princess II,   moored at Woodland Marina.   I got an invitation to tour the party boat from my friend Dave Kelly, so yesterday afternoon Mike D and I got to get on board, meet the captain and crew, and took a tour.   The boat is brand new and in route down the Mississippi River from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Corpus Christi, Texas.   They stopped Tuesday night at Woodland Marina and will continue the journey down the Mississippi Thursday morning.   The boat is being delivered and piloted by Captain Greg Sadowski   and a crew of two.   From left to right are;   Tom Pleimann, Dave Kelly and the Captain, Greg Sadowski.   All three guys live in St. Louis and I know that both Greg and Dave have boats in Woodland.   The rest of their journey will take about 12 days to continue down the Mississippi and across the Gulf of Mexico to their destination.   What a trip it should be !   Dave Kelly is going to try to send us some updates and picture while they are in route.   If that don't work he promised us a trip report and photo's on their return.   I am going to add a "Trip Page" to RiverBill's for them.   Thanks for the tour, thanks for chatting with us and most of all have a sfe journey guys.....
More Opposition For Flood Plain Projects ------ According to an article in yesterdays on-line Post Dispatch there is a new group named   "Safeguard Our St. Charles County"   that is opposed to flood plain development.   The group formed about 3 months ago and has already mailed out 20,000 fliers to area residences to help broaden support.   If you are interested and want more information go to STLtoday.

04-27-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is one where you have to take a double look !   It is of the Golden Eagle Ferry right in front of Kinders. This picture was taken by Captain Gary Bowers out of Woodland Marina and it looks like he caught the ferry heading up-river towards the ferry landing by Kinders ?   Thanks for the picture Gary !
Illinois Drawing Schedule for Public Waterfowl Blinds ------ For the waterfowl hunters among us, I have included the "Illinois Department of Natural Resources" drawing schedule for public waterfowl blinds.   This includes those on Pool 26 of the Mississippi River.   For complete information and schedule go to http://dnr.state.il.us/pubaffairs/2005/April/BlindDraws.htm.

04-26-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is of a   Turtle Fest in the Lehmond Island Slough last Sunday morning.   These guys were all negotiating for a spot on this one log in the middle of the slough to get in some "Sun Time".   There were more turtles on the log when we first seen them, but some slipped off into the water as I approached.   Looks like there are still about 15 -16 left when this picture was taken, depending if you count them on the small picture or on the full size one.   Lehmond Island Slough is located between Dardenne Slough and Highway B at approximately the UMR 227 -228 mile marker.

04-25-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is of some of the Woodland Crowd on a cold and windy Sunday morning.   I am going to name it   Friends.     Captain Dave Kelly, of the boat GYPSY ROSE TOO , sent us this picture that he took yesterday morning after breakfast on the dock.   Dave wrote that he tried to include himself in the pic, but the timer on the camera wouldn't cooperate.   Thanks for the picture Dave.
US Army Corps Of Engineers Flood Plain Estimates ------ There was another story in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about Flood Plains.   Last year the Corps of Engineers lowered their estimate for potential flood levels around St. Louis and many experts say they are to low.   Go to STLtoday to read the complete story.
Water Resources Development Act ------ The on-line "Waterways Journal" reports that Congress has passed the "Water Resources Act" that, among other things, authorizes the construction of seven new locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.   Go to the on-line Waterways Journal to read the complete story.
04-24-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ is a shot looking down Dardenne Slough last Thursday from the Yacht Club of St. Louis.   Old Glory is front and center, but if you look real hard you can see the white balls on the power lines crossing the slough.& nbsp The Yacht Club is at approximatley the UMR 225 mile marker and that is Bolter Island on the left hand side of the picture.
Flood Plain Management and the City Of St. Peters' Levee Plan ------ There was an interesting story in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about Flood Plain Management and the proposed St. Peters levee that was written by the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.   The story recounts the destruction caused by the 1993 flood and the buyout of floodplain properties that followed.   He calls the proposed levee a step backwards.   Go to STLtoday to read the complete story.
Plans For Marquette and Joliet Interpretive Center ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Alton Telegraph about plans to create a museum and interpretive center in the river bend area dedicated to the explorers Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet's expedition down the Mississippi River in 1673.   During their expedition the explorers stopped at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers at what now is Grafton.   For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Eagles Nest Along Highway Near Alton ------ There was an article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about a pair of eagles nesting right along side of Illinois Highway 143, about a mile southwest of Alton and how it has become a roadside attraction.   There are two adult eagles are tending to two baby chicks in the nest and it all can be easily seen from the highway without the aid of binoculars.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Visit Principia College - See the Mississippi River Valley ------ Principia College near Elsah, IL invites neighbors to visit the college atop the bluffs along the Great River Road on May 1st.   Visitors can tour the campus, see an ongoing excavation of a wooly mammoth and view the Mississippi River Valley.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Sand Bar Restaurant Has Own Website ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center has it's own web site now !   The home page looks about the same as it did when it was on RiverBill's except some links for picture pages have been added.   It is an easy domain name to remember --   www.SandBarRestaurant.net.   Just remember - it is a ".net" website .

04-23-05
The River Picture Of The Day & Update on the Towboat America ! ------ Our picture today is of the Towboat America in its new home north of Kampsville Ferry on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River.   Looks like the Goldenrod Showboat moored next to it.   These pictures were taken from the Kampsville Ferry last weekend by Captain George Schindel in his land vehicle.   The America is still all rusty looking, but George told me he seen men working on both of the vessels .  Stayed tuned for more information.   Thanks for the pictures George !
Navigation Notice - Melvin Price Lock & Dam Closure ------ The main locks at Melvin Price Lock and Dam are scheduled to be closed on April 25 & 26 for repairs to the miter gate machinery.   For more information go to ITCS Memo #2251

04-22-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is of a rustic looking house on Dardenne Slough that has always caught my attention.   It is located at approximately the UMR 227.5 mile marker.
Developer wants homes on Alton Bluff top ------ According to an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch there is a proposal for a new bluff top subdivision in Alton overlooking the Mississippi River. It will be about 2 miles up stream from the Clark Bridge.   For more information go to the STLtoday.com.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of the Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 60 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/21/2005)."
To view the complete report - pick the   "Fishing Report"   link on the left hand column of this web page.

04-22-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is of a boat shaped like a wooden shoe - taken by Captain Darryll Weil on his trip to Amsterdam this spring.   What an unusual looking boat !   Darryll boats out of Woodland Marina and has sent in quite a few pictures that we have posted on RiverBill's.   Thanks Darryll - and - keep them coming !

04-20-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ Is an aerial shot of the Duck Club's - 2nd Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - taken last Saturday by Captain Glenn Sadowski.   You can really get a feel for the layout of the Duck Club from this photo and why it is considered one of the best marinas on Alton Pool.   I had the pleasure to meet Glenn last Friday night at the Sand Bar.   You might recall that he was in one of the pictures posted on 4-16-05 with Steve Schulte and myself.   Thanks Glenn, for the great aerial photo !
"Mississippi River Lock Legislation" and " Report on Neglect of Upper Mississippi River System" ------ The on-line "Bitts & Bytes" newsletter has 2 articles about the upper Mississippi River that might be of interest to you.   Go to Bitts & Bytes for the articles named "Mississippi River Locks Legislation Moves To Senate Floor" and "MARC 2000 Reports on Neglect of Upper Mississippi River System".
Sharkey's Cove,   My River Home   and   Palisades Yacht Club Restaurant Ratings ------ An article in STLtoday.com (the on-line Post Dispatch) listed the "Restaurant Ratings" from the St. Charles County Inspectors for the following river eating establishments;   Sharkey's Cove,  My River Home   and   Palisades Yacht Club.   For more information go to STLtoday.com.

04-19-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is from the other side of the world.   Ronnie Stevens, who boats out of Two Branch Marina, is in China right now and sent the following e-mail;
Bill, I'm over in China and I sure am glad I can get on your web site to get news from the River.   I tried to make a deal on a new boat.   As you can see she is a real looker.   I especially like the 57 Chevy fins.   It's not the Mississippi, but a boat ride on the Yellow Sea is better than nothing.
See you all next weekend,
Ron
Flood Estimates - Flawed ------ There was an article in Monday's On-Line Post Dispatch about the Army Corps of Engineers' flood study and how the Missouri Coalition for the Environment want it withdrawn and completely re-done.   One of the first projects affected by the challenge may be the St. Peters Lakeside 370 Business park.   For the complete story go to Stltoday.com.
More Lost and Found ------ Added a pair of sandals lost on Sunday at Iowa Island to the "Lost and Found" page.

04-18-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is some of the   Boaters.   on Iowa Island yesterday afternoon. The river was "up" a bit, but the weather was PERFECT !
New Sponsor - Ron Meier and By Owner Yachts ------ Welcome Ron Meier and "By Owner Yachts" as the newest sponsor on RiverBill's.   I am sure a lot of you know Ron or have seen him on the river, he has been boating the Mississippi for quite a while.     If you want to buy or sell a boat contact him at   636-485-9788   or by e-mail   ron@byowneryachts.com.   Check out their website by clicking on the web link on the right hand side of this webpage.

04-17-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is another photo from Steve Schulte.   It was taken in 2004 - but it reminded me so much of the way Dardenne Slough looked Friday evening that I decided to post it today.   I have titled it   "Logs".   The logs look so thick that you could walk across them to the other side.   This photo looks like it was taken on Dardenne Slough. The power lines can be seen in the distance and   Thanks for the photo Steve.
LOST & FOUND ------ We have a new feature on RiverBill's -- LOST & FOUND.   Debbie House made the suggestion to me that we need a LOST & FOUND. Sounded like a real good idea, so I added it.   In her email Debbie told me that she told me about the camera that she lost last year, even though it happened last year I decided to make it the first item on the list.   Take a look at the "LOST & FOUND" --- If anyone found her camera last year, please contact her.   Thanks for the suggestion Debbie ! .
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - Today ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.

04-16-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is of some of the River Crowd   last night at "Opening Day" of the Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina.   Scott and Robbin had good turn out and thank everyone for dropping by !   I got to meet Steve Schulte (center) and his friend Glen (left) in person last night.   Until last night Steve and had never met each other - we had just been in contact via. e-mail. Look for some of Steve's great river photographs on the walls of the Sand Bar real soon.   I also got to talk to my long time friend, River Jim.   Pictures from last night will be added to the Sand Bar's webpage later on this weekend or early next week.
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - Today & Tomorrow ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of the Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 56 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/14/2005)."
To view the complete report pick the   "Fishing Report"   link on the left hand column of this web page.

04-15-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------ is unique view of Alton and the Clark Bridge   taken by Steve Schulte.   This is a shot from the Missouri side of the river, looking at Alton through the Clark Bridge.   The very modern lines of the bridge really offset the look of the older buildings staggered up the hill in the background.  And !   Alton Marina can be seen in the lower right hand corner.   Thanks for another great photo Steve.   Check out his website by clicking on the link on the right hand side of this webpage.
The Sand Bar Restaurant Opens Today ! ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant, at Lake Center Marina, opens for business this afternoon at 4:00 PM.   Make sure to stop by and Check It Out !   For map click here.
Duck Club's Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Nautical Flea Market - This Saturday & Sunday ------ The Duck Club Yacht Club's second Annual Chili Blast, In Water Boat Show and Boating Community Flea Market is this Saturday and Sunday.   Click on info, names & numbers,   what,where,when for more information, or you can call Milton Ohlsen at 314-277-5922.   For map click here.
Cedar Hill Resort ------ Cedar Hill Resort will be open 7 days a week starting Memorial Day Weekend.   Check their website for a few new pictures that just got added.   There is an aerial view, a few new pictures of the Restaurant and Bar area and a couple new photos of folks at the Tiki Bar.   Click on the link on the right side of this web page.

04-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge   taken early last Monday morning just when the night was starting to turn into the twilight of the morning.   The lighting on the bridge really stands out against the reddish early morning sky in the background and reflections of the lights on the water of the Mississippi River.   This photo was taken by Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography".   Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks for another great picture Pat -- keep them coming.

04-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some of the   boats along the beach   at Iowa Island on the Sunday before last.   The river level was lower then and the tress had just a hint on green starting to show.
Alton, Amry Corps of Engineers & IDOT To Study Riverfront Silt Problems ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, the City of Alton, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and IDOT will study the riverfront near Alton to determine causes for silt accumulation around Azcon Scrap Corp and the piers of the Clark Bridge.   For more information go to the on-line Telegraph.

04-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of a lonely towboat heading down river   near the UMR 228 mile marker last Sunday evening.   The sun was already down past the horizon, but it still provided a reddish sky and red reflections off the water.
This is the only place in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois ------ Make a statement like that and expect a rebuttal.   According to Kathy FLippo of Tow Talkin, who has probably traveled the length of the Mississippi River more times than most of us have backed our boats out of the dock, says there are more places in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois besides here in St. Louis.   Kathy wrote this response to my assumption in yesterday's edition.
"It might be but it ain't.   The sun sets over Illinois down at Dogtooth Bend, UMR mile 21 to 23 and at UMR mile 14 to 17 in the Sisters Island, Scudder Towhead, Grand Lake Towhead and Thompson Towhead neighborhood.   You know of course that there is Illinois real estate on the right descending bank of the UMR also, don't you?   There at mile 110.5 up to 118.5 you are running through Illinois on both banks.   In fact the whole little town of Kaskaskia Illinois is on the Missouri side!     We fleeted at Farmer's landing light, mile 111.5.  --------   And tit for tat, a little chunk of Missouri real estate is over on the left descending bank of the UMR mile 76.5 to 79.3. It is called Grand Tower Island, Perry County, Missouri.  
Thanks for the info Kathy and keep those e-mails coming.   They are much appreciated and I learn something every time......... Make sure to check out the "Tow Talkin" link on the left hand side of this webpage.

04-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the sun setting over Calhoun County, IL   last Sunday evening near UMR 224 mile marker.   This might be the only place in Missouri where the sun sets over Illinois.
Weird Ducks ------ What were those weird ducks in yesterday's "Pic of the Day" ?   Captain Gary Bowers, Captain Rick Sievers and last but not least, Kathy Flippo of Tow Talkin emailed me that they are "Hooded Merganser" ducks.     Kathy added the following bit of information   "You don't want to ever eat any of the merganser family, hooded, red-breasted or American. They are fishers and taste AWFUL "     Captain Rick Sievers wrote, "They are rather uncommon and not often seen. they tend to be more in woodland lakes and quiet streams."       Thanks Gary, Rick and Kathy
Check Out The Con Trios Yacht Club Web Site ------ A lot of pictures have just been added to the Con Trios website from the "Spring Ice Breaker Party" last month at Pere Marquette Lodge.   We have also posted the latest newsletter on-line - Look it over.   Click on their hot-link on the left side of this web page and take a look.   If you are interested in joining Con Trios click on the "Membership Information" button for more info.
Duck Club Restaurant and Palisades Yacht Club rated by St. Charles County Inspectors ------ According to a report in Sunday's On-Line Post Dispatch, the Duck Club Restaurant and Palisades Yacht Club Restaurant were inspected by St. Charles County Inspectors. To check the ratings go to Stltoday.com.

04-10-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is a   "Great Shot"   taken by Steve Schulte of a couple of weird looking ducks   on the Mississippi River near the Alton Lock and Dam.   If anyone knows what kind of ducks Steve took a picture of - please let us know.     Make sure to check out Steve's website - click on the hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.
Clarksville burial mound ------ There was an article in Saturday's   "On-line Quincy Herald Whig"   about the fate of Clarksville's Skylift that was built on top of a Native American burial mound in the 1960's.   On one side are the city and the developer who want to restore it to its former glory.   On the other side are the Sac and Fox Nations who lay claim to the human remains.   For more information go to whig.com.
Check Out The Cedar Hill Web Site ------ A lot of pictures have just been added to their web site.   Click on their hot-link on the right hand side of this web page and take a look.   If you were at Cedar Hill last year you might be in one of them .
Fishing Report don't display properly ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation "Fishing Report" doesn't display properly when opened.   I have sent an e-mail to inform them.

04-09-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of some house trailers   all lined up along the bank on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River near UMR 230.5 mile marker.
Flood Plain Development Criticized ------ There was an article in Friday's On-line Post Dispatch about flood plane development in the St. Louis area and how it will cause more frequent and larger floods.   For more information go to Stltoday.com.
First Fishing Report Of The Year ------ For you fisherman out there I have included the Mississippi River portion of first fishing report of the year from the Missouri Department Of Conservation.
"Mississippi River   (above St. Louis): 52 degrees, high, muddy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 4/7/2005)."
To view the complete report go to   http://www.conservation.state.mo.us/fish/fishrt/.

04-08-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ Is of the "Sand Bar Girls".   From left to right are; Debbie, Kacey, Robbin, Michele, Dani and Alyse.   I stopped by yesterday evening when Scott and Robbin and some of the new staff were getting ready for opening day next Friday.   I got to take a look at the new Caribbean color scheme, meet everyone and take a few pictures.   The place looks good !   Make sure to drop by and say "Hello" next Friday !
Eye On The River ------ Keep Your "Eye On The River" right here at RiverBill's.   We added a new feature today thanks to some slick programming work by Captain Gary Bowers out of Woodland Marina.   The new chart at the top of this web page has all of the river levels for Alton Pool, water temperature, and weather conditions in one spot.   The data is checked for updates every 15 minutes and updated when something changes. Thanks Gary !

04-07-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ "Is A Blast From The Past" - It is of boats all anchored-out and rafted-up at the 2001 Shoot Out.   This picture is was sent in by Tom and Sandy.   More to come.   Thanks guys !
Bill In Senate To Increase Fee For Certificate Of Number ------ There is a Bill, SB 445, in the Missouri State Senate that proposes to increase the fee for a certificate of number.   This act increases the fee for a certificate of number when registering the following watercraft: (1) Under 16 feet in length from $10 to $20; (2) 16 feet to 26 feet in length from $20 to $55; (3) 26 feet to 40 feet in length from $30 to $100; and (4) 40 feet and longer from $40 to $150.   For information go to www.senate.mo.gov.   Thank you Dave Haas for providing us this information.
Advertisement AD's ------ I have started rotating the Advertisment ADs on the right hand side of this webpage to give each advertiser a spot at the top of the page.   It will be a regular thing from here on out.

04-06-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a southbound work-tow locking through Winfield Dam yesterday pushing   a work barge containing channel buoys.   This picture is from the US Army Corps of Engineers Live-cam at Winfield Dam.
33 unit Condo Proposed Near Polestar Marina ------ There was an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch about a proposal to build a 33 unit condo building next door to Polestar Marina. The unit would be about 20 feet in the air, have waterfront balconies and are planned to be above the 500 year flood line.   For information go to Stltoday.com.
A Bit of Info About the New Piasa Park ------ There was an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the improvements at the new Piasa Park that sets along the Great River Road near Alton, IL.   For more information click here. Here are some RiverBill pictures taken a few weeks ago of the park area, the Piasa Bird and the caves. Here is a close up of just the Piasa Bird.
Navigation Hazard Near Kinders Dock ------ FYI - There is a navigation hazard near the down stream end of the docks in front of Kinders.   I seen it there a few weeks ago from Kinders lower parking lot and it has not moved. It is sticking out of the water at the current river levels, but keep it in mind if the water levels go up.

04-05-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a couple of   boats anchored behind Two Branch Island   last Sunday afternoon.   The boats are at the down-river end of the island.   Winneberg subdivision, on the Illinois side of the river, is in the background
No Trespassing Signs Posted on Shell Island ------ I had heard the rumor, and now I have seen it with my own eyes.     There are " No Trespassing" signs posted on Shell Island.   It is located at UMR 236.5 on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River and has been the home of the Jamaica Daze Parties.   Shell is actually one of those "no - name" islands when you look on the maps, but that is the name it is commonly known by.   Stay tuned for more info.

04-04-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the   boats lined up along the beach   at Iowa Island yesterday afternoon.   There were quit a few folks out yesterday and some of the river crew posed for a picture for RiverBill's.   What a beautiful river-day !

04-03-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a   unique structure   that sets in a park that is located on the banks o f the Mississippi River, just up-stream from Alton Marina.   The Clark Bridge can be seen in the background.

04-02-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the   river crew   that made the trip, in Mike D's cruiser, to Cedar Hill Resort   last night to help Dave and Carrie Ash celebrate their season opener. Cedar Hill opened for the season yesterday and will open for business on the weekends for now. Check their website by clicking the link on the right hand side of this page.   A big thanks to Dave and Carrie for taking care of us !
Wastin' Away Again At the Sandbar ------ Scott and Robbin have changed the long standing Logo for the Sand Bar Restaurant and have added Caribbean color to the inside of the building. Click on their web link to take a look..
Pimp & Hoe Ball is tonight at Sharky's ------ Check "Upcoming Events"   for more Info !

04-01-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot of the   Missouri River, Highway 40 bridge and a great sunset   taken by Steve Schulte a few weeks ago.     Thanks for another great picture Steve ! ----Make sure to check out Steve's website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.
Cedar Hill Opens Today ! ------ Cedar Hill Resort opens for the season today at 11:00 AM.   Make sure to drop in for a while.  For more information check out their new web site   "www.cedarhillresort.net"   by clicking the link on the right hand side of this web page.   See you there.   ( Remember it is a   ".net"   web site. )
FOR SALE ! ------ I am sorry to report that, due to circumstances beyond my control, this could be the last edition of RiverBill's.   All good things must come to and end.   If anyone is interested in taking over this web site, click here.

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