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05-31-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of   paddle wheeler  in  Dardenne Slough this past weekend.     

R_E_S_P_E_C_T ------      "Respect those tows going up and down the river and use good judgment when you are near them"  is the subject of Kathy Flippo's    Tow Talkin'  this week.  This is an article written by a lady that has spent a lot of time on towboats traveling up and down the river.    Please take a minute and read it.    
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      Wednesday evening,  6:00 PM at the Sand Bar Restaurant, Lake Center Marina. The bar will be open and they will have finger foods available off the menu. 

   We will be  discussing ideas and forming committees for this years party !  

   Check out last years party..click on "JAMAICA DAZE 2004" in the upper left hand corner of this page.

Upcoming River Events ------      Take a look ~  I added some items to the Upcoming River Events.  Stay tuned for more info.

05-30-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of   3 BBQ pits full of ribs   at yesterdays "Raging Rivers Rib-A-Rama" on Iowa Island.  Carl is front and center showing off the ribs, Dave is on the right and Jim is in the back holding open the lids to the BBQ pits.  Some of the key players were  Carl the "Chief Cook" (left),  Jessie the "Pastry Girl" (center) and Dave Stolze (right) the sponsor for the event.  Thank you all.   

   We also have a pictures of ;  Mary, Judy and Carl  , a group dressed in  Red, White and Blue and last but not least,  a  (fuzzy) group picture of some of the rib eaters.       


05-29-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------      is of a miniature   Tug Boat  entering Lake Center Marina yesterday afternoon.      
A Commentary Against The  Proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park ------ written by Adolphus A Bush,  Chairman, Great Rivers Habitat Alliance was published in  Saturday's on-line Post Dispatch.     Please take a minute and read the article.  It makes a lot of sense to me.  Why build in the flood plain ?  For more info go to  STLtoday. 
Riverside Flea Market ------  The Riverside Flea Market in Grafton, IL  (near the Loading Dock) is going on this Sat and Sun.   For more information  click here.
Cedar Hill Resort Open 7 Days A Week ------ Cedar Hill will be open 7 days a week starting this Friday.  Live music this weekend....Sat....Tom Flynn.... 4 PM - 8 PM.... ..Sun....Tim... 2 PM - 6 PM. 
Sand Bar Restaurant Open Memorial Day ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant will be open for breakfast on weekends starting this Sat, Sun and Monday....... 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.    The "2nd Nature Band" is playing outside on stage this Sat evening...... 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM.       Open on Monday ( Memorial Day)  and serving BBQ.

05-28-05
River Subs and A Bit Of War History ------     Dave Kelly sent us this picture of a  WW II Submarine  that is on display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, WI.    The city of  Manitowoc and the museum are both located on the shores of Lake Michigan.  The connection they have to the Mississippi River is that submarines were built in  Manitowoc during  WW II, loaded on floating dry docks and transported down the Illinois River and then the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.  Thanks for the picture and interesting story Dave.  

  Dave is out of Woodland Marina and part of the crew that is moving the Ovation  from La Crosse, WI to Detroit.  The Ovation is in  Manitowoc right now being reassembled and readied for the trip across the Great Lakes to Detroit.  See the 5-18-05 Daily Edition.

More Info On The Proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch, the City of St. Peters has an offer from a developer for the Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The proposed business park is slated to be built in the Mississippi River flood plain.   For more information go to STLtoday.
Alton Block Party Today ------  There is an   Alton Block Party on Saturday with  Mr Wizard performing on-stage.   The party is easy to get to from the  Alton Marina.  For more information go to STLtoday.

05-27-05

PICTURE DAY ON RIVERBILL'S

Classic Boat ------ A very classy looking old  Chris Craft  motoring around near Winfield Dam last Sunday afternoon.   I heard that it was a 1947 1940 model.  What a neat looking boat.
A Classy Go-Fast  Boat ------ Our friends   Dale and Todd  floating down the river and enjoying the day last Sunday afternoon in Dale's 26 ft. Nova.  
Smokin ------   Bill, Sue, Jack and Denise  clowning around, smokin Jack's cigars and enjoying the evening on Iowa Island last night.  
Chuck ------ Our friend   Chuck  was all smiles yesterday evening on Iowa.  Why ?    Because he was the first one and the only one that showed up for the Jamaica Daze planning meeting at the Sand Bar Restaurant on Wednesday.   The rumor is that RiverBill told Chuck the date for the meeting and then changed it.  Oops!     Come back next week Chuck.
Dancin As The Sun Sets ------  With a little coaching from Gary M,  Bernie  decided to dance on the food table yesterday as the sun was setting on another perfect evening.  Go girl !     And don't forget that classic cruiser in the background.
Glenn's Girls ------ Captain Glenn Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina, sent me this picture of some  River Girl wan-a-be's that he took while he was in Fort Lauderdale a couple of weeks ago.  Thanks for the picture Glenn.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 65 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/26/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR - HELP YOUR COUNTRY ------  The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to train for the following positions; Instructor, Publications, Water Operations and Vessel Examiner.  For more information click here.

Cedar Hill Resort Open 7 Days A Week ------ Cedar Hill will be open 7 days a week starting this Friday.  Live music this weekend....Sat....Tom Flynn.... 4 PM - 8 PM.... ..Sun....Tim... 2 PM - 6 PM. 
Sand Bar Restaurant Open Memorial Day ------ The Sand Bar Restaurant will be open for breakfast on weekends starting this Sat, Sun and Monday....... 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.    The "2nd Nature Band" is playing outside on stage this Sat evening...... 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM.       Open on Monday ( Memorial Day)  and serving BBQ.

05-26-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another great  aerial picture  taken by Steve Schulte on 5-15- 05. It is of the  Clark Bridge and Mississippi River at Alton, IL.   Oh yeah, there are a few airplanes in the picture also.    Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !
124 Pound "World Record" Catfish Dies ------ According to an Illinois Department of Natural Resources press release, the 124 pound blue cat caught last Saturday in the Mississippi River was indeed an Illinois "State Record" and a "World Record".   It is sad to report that the record breaking fish died while being transported to a store that planned to put it on display in an aquarium.  For more information go to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources on-line Press Releases.   For photo go to the News-Review online.  For info on death of fish, go to MaconTelegraph.com.

05-25-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the upper decks being removed from the 125 ft long Ovation so it can fit under the low bridges on the Illinois River in Chicago.   This photo was sent in by one of the crew,  Dave Kelly.  Everyone is back home now from the first leg of the trip..  When the boat gets put back together they will take it across the Great Lakes to Detroit.     For more information check the archives for the story dated 05-18-05.     Thanks for the picture and update Dave. 
124 Pound Catfish Caught In The Mississippi River ------ According to an article in the "paper edition" of the Alton Telegraph, a man from Godfrey, named  Tim Pruitt, caught a 124 pound blue catfish in the Mississippi River Saturday night.  He hooked the fish near the confluence of the Mississippi and  Missouri using 30 pound test line.  Many reports have it as the largest blue catfish ever caught in Illinois and  "the world."   The fish will be put on display at  Cabela's aquarium in Kansas City for those of you interested in seeing it.  The good news is that Tim has decided to have the mammoth fish kept alive and eventually released back into the Mississippi River.     I salute that decision - Catch and release !       For more information see a paper edition of Tuesday's Alton Telegraph..    
Erosion Work On  Portage Island----- Captain Tony Trice e-mailed us some pictures that he took last weekend of some river maintenance work that is being done on Portage Island ( UMR 214).  He wrote, "It looks like routine work to keep the upstream end of the island from eroding away."  For larger pictures click on pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4..........   

Thanks for the river update and pictures Tony.

National Safe Boating Week Proclamation ------ The President of the United States has proclaimed this week,  May 21 through May 27,  as National Safe Boating Week.  Please take some time and read the President's  proclamation.  It states that recreational boating has grown into one of the nations most popular pastimes (we knew that)  and that the number of boating fatalities has decreased over the last decade.  

05-24-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of   Ernie, Sue and Sandy  on Iowa Island last Sunday enjoying the afternoon.    Looks almost tropical with the thatched  tiki umbrella in the background.  Thanks for the picture Tom.  

Jamaica Daze  Meeting ------ The 1st Jamaica Daze planning meeting will be held at the  Sand Bar Restaurant on Wednesday, June 1 at 6:00 PM.   We need some volunteers to help make this years party happen.  Drop by if you are interested participating.   There is a link to last years pictures in the upper left column of this page.  

Information on the Great Rivers Habitat Alliance  ------   Boaters in the Alton Lake area should be aware that there are serious issues facing the area they so love.  More and more land in the confluence flood plain of northern St. Charles County is getting gobbled up for development….a move which  makes access to the river more difficult in times of high water.

    Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (GRHA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the 100-year Confluence Flood Plain in St. Charles County. It was founded in 2000 by a group of flood plain land owners concerned about the fast spreading development that threatens to destroy our area’s most valuable natural resource; the Confluence Flood Plain and wetlands.  Local board members include Jim Leonhard, Judy Bateman and Sue Schneider who are all committed to preserving this area.

   Most of us remember the flood of 1993 which cost American taxpayers $14 billion. No state was more impacted than Missouri. Unfortunately, floodplain development in the years since has been rampant and unchecked. In fact, according to Dr. Nicholas Pinter of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, no other region in the entire world is developing flood plains at the rate of St. Louis and St. Charles County, Missouri.

    Great Rivers Habitat Alliance is working to educate land owners, farmers, government officials and others who love the river about the importance of preserving this land for the sake of the environment and the wildlife habitat it provides.

   Let the land in northern St. Charles County be what it always has been….rich farmland and home for the wildlife so that everyone can enjoy it as is.

     For more information about our organization, visit us at www.grha.net or call (314) 241-2122.

 

Sue Schneider

Member of Board of Directors

Great River Habitat Alliance

 

Drag Boat Races ------   I received the following e-mail from Captain Darryll Weil about some of our fellow boaters doing some drag racing at Lake Wappapelo.    Darryll wrote:

  We went to the St. Louis Drag Boat Association races on Lake Wappapelo near Poplar Bluff to cook and help Big Dick's Halfway Inn Motorsports and Little John's Marine Service.  They had two boats to enter, a Pro Mod called "Dick Tator" and a Top Eliminator called "What A Ride".  Brutus driving "Dick Tator" made it to the final round and ran a better time than his opponent only to lose by red lighting at the line.  Mike in "What A Ride" had a valve seat come loose and drop in the motor during his first round, which he won because of his faster reaction time at the line.  After tearing down the motor we could not repair it to make the next round.  Weather threatened Sunday morning with rain but cleared up nicely by race time.  Maureen and I took a bunch of food to cook for the crew and she and Teri manned Big Dick's T-Shirt stand.

Check out the pics at:       http://www.captainweil.com/DragBoatRacesPoplarBluff2005   


05-23-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  river crew  on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort yesterday afternoon.   The light breeze and sunny skies made it a fine place to have some lunch and watch the river flow by.   I got to visit with some long time river friends while we were there and I also got to meet some new ones.  Thanks Dave and Carrie for taking care of us.        


05-22-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  an awesome sunset that was sent in by Ron and Darlene Skeen of Two Branch Marina.  They snapped this picture last Wednesday evening from just below Hat Island.  Look at those colors !  Hat is at approximately  the UMR 235 mile marker.  Thanks for sharing your sunset with us Ron and Darlene..........   

A Raffle And Info On Construction Along The River In Calhoun County, Including A Marina------ There is an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph about a raffle to benefit spinal research where for a $100 ticket, you can win a new house in one of Winneberg’s subdivisions that are located on and near the Mississippi River in Calhoun County, near Golden Eagle, IL.   Buried deep in the story is a note about a marina that that is being designed,  which will hold boats up to 36 feet in length..    For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.   

05-21-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is  of  Dennis, Sue & Friends from last week's Thursday Night Party at Iowa Island. Dennis Carroll is all smiles (center),  along with his wife, Sue, and friends.   

Corps To Study Sedimentation Problem At  Azcon Corp. Near Alton ------ According to an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch the Army Corp of Engineers will study the sedimentation problem in the vicinity of Azcon's dock that is located between the Clark Bridge and the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  Silting has been a problem in this area for about a decade.  For more information go to STLtoday.

North Shore Marina ------ Mr. Jack Gorecki told me he has a contract on North Shore Marina to purchase the propertyand that everything should be finalized by June 1st.  More information forthcoming .   

Drowning At Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Friday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, a teenager drowned on Thursday in the Mississippi River near the public access ramp at the east end of the Alton Marina.    For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.   

   * * * * The article also states that it is illegal to swim in the Mississippi River in Alton.* * * *


05-20-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is  named  best parking spot on the beach .   Bob didn't really park his boat like this. It was at the waters edge at one time, but when a larger boat was looking for a spot to park a bunch of guys picked up the john boat and moved it up on to the sand bar so that the larger boat could pull in.   Hope Bob isn't the last guy to leave. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 63 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/19/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

05-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot of the river taken  somewhere near Winfield Lock and Dam .   Steve Schulte could not pin point the exact location, but I think he took this picture looking down river,  near the area of the Cuivre Slough.   You can almost see the bluffs at  the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in the far distance (right hand side of the picture).   I think that the channel of the Mississippi River is in the far distance and the Cuivre Slough is sort of in the center of the picture.  There looks to be a land locked slough in the right / bottom of the pic.  I am going to guess that the three large islands, from left to right,  are Peruque Island, Island No 508 and then Two Branch Island.   What do you think ?

   Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !

Great Rivers Habitat Alliance -----  I have added a link to the "Great Rivers Habitat Alliance".    This is a conservation organization that is working to preserve and sometimes enhance the flood plains and wetlands in our area.    I think that existing floodplains should remain floodplains to help prevent a flood disaster worst than we experienced in 1993.  Seems like some people have forgot all about the 93 flood already !     So please take a minute, look at their website and contact them if you are interested in what they are doing .   Lets preserve this great river that we boat on.  

    And hold that anchor line tight.......... there will be more information about this organization forthcoming.           

  The  Tiki Bar At Cedar Hill Will Be Open This Weekend  ----- The Tiki Bar on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort will be open this Saturday and Sunday for food and drinks.  Stop by and say hello ~ have a drink and get something to eat.  For more information, check out Cedar Hill's website ~click on their  link on the right hand side of this web page.   A few more pics have been added to their website  ~  A couple of aerial shots and a few cycles.
  Luttrell Marine's Adds "Featured Boat"  Section -----  Luttrell Marine has just added a "Featured Boat"  section on their web page.   If you are in the market for a different boat or just thinking about one, check out their select listings by clicking on the Luttrell Marine link on the right side of this web page. 

05-18-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  the 125 ft. Ovation  when it was in the  Alton Pool last weekend.    This grand looking vessel is being piloted by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew  from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan.  The first leg of this journey is down the Mississippi River from La Crosse to St. Louis and then up the Illinois River through Chicago and on to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   

   I received an update from Dave Kelly and Greg yesterday evening.   They were on the Illinois River about 30 miles south of Chicago when they called.  They told me that on Wednesday a crane will remove the two upper most decks from the Ovation and load them on to a barge so that the boat will be able to clear the low bridges in that area.   Once out of Chicago,  the Ovation and the barge will travel Lake Michigan on to  Manitowoc, Wisconsin  where everything will be reassembled.   It will take about 1 week to put everything back together. 

   Then, Captain Greg and the crew will journey across the Great Lakes and on to Detroit, where the Ovation will be moored at the downtown riverfront and used as a used as a party boat.

   Thanks for the update and the picture. Have a safe Journey.............  By the way,  you guys have one heck of a job !    

More Sunday Blues At The Sand Bar Restaurant -----  The Sand Bar Restaurant has just added more more dates to their "Sunday Blues" lineup.   Willie Gene and the Blues Finger Band  will  be playing select dates on Sunday evenings in June, July and August.  Check out their entertainment calendar by clicking on the Sand Bar link on the right side of this web page ! 

05-17-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Two Branch Rocky.   Ron Skeen snapped a picture  of this raccoon in action about 3:00 AM last Sunday morning at Two Branch Harbor.  Looks like the bandit was sitting on Ron and Darlene's  boat-dock-kitchen-counter..... having a feast on some left over cake.    Thanks for the sharing the picture Ron & Darlene
St. Peters Alderman Step Up Campaign for Lakeside 370----- According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch the campaign to get public support for the proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park will be stepped up by a St. Peters Alderman..      For more information go to STLtoday.
More High Heels On The Beach Pics---- Sue Ferguson emailed some pictures of everyone helping to set up for High Heels On The Beach Day.  Plus I added a few more pics of the gals.  Click here.
Elsah and  Pere Marquette Links---- A link to the Illinois river town of Elsah and a link to Pere Marquette have been added in the left hand column.

05-16-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the "Girls On The Beach In Heels".  The weather was cool and the wind was blowing.  It was enough to make an normal woman stay home, but the "River Girls" came through for the 1st annual High Heel Beach Day with flying colors !   The event was created and and sponsored by Mike D and Gary Meinershagen.  And as you can see, the River Girls are all smiles and having a good time showing off their heels.     For more pictures click here.
Body In Car Pulled From River at Alton Identified------ According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch the body found in the car that was recovered from the Mississippi River at the Alton riverfront on Friday was that of Wilma Bricker.  Bricker's car drove off the parking lot of the Alton Bell Casino into the river in March of 2002.    For more information go to STLtoday.
Flood Plain Development------ There is an interesting article in the Reed Construction Data about developing areas around us that were under water 12 years ago during the 1993 flood.      For more information go to Reed Construction Data.

05-15-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the Jimmy Manno band at the Sand Bar last night with   Marty  helping out (?) on the keyboards.  "Rock On"  guys !
Today is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  I hear there might even be palm trees.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing tonight ( Saturday ) at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-14-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is an aerial shot, taken by Steve Schulte,  of the towboat Kelly Rae Erickson moving some heavy equipment for Andrie, Inc down the Illinois River  a few weeks ago.  The equipment was headed to a job site somewhere up the Mississippi River.   Check out Steve's website by clicking  his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for the photo Steve !
Sunday is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  I hear there might even be palm trees.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing tonight ( Saturday ) at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-13-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is photo taken by Captian Greg Sadowski of some   white pelicans  against a very blue sky.  Greg took this picture from the  96 ft Skipperliner named the Royal Princess II that he piloted down the Mississippi River  to Corpus Christie, Texas a few weeks ago.  Thanks for the photo Greg. .
Grafton Condos Update------ There is an update in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the Timber Ridge and the Wild Rivers Condos that are being built in Grafton, IL.  The Timber Ridge units will perch on the side of a bluff above the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.  The Windy Rivers Condos are at the eastern edge of Grafton between the river and Route 100.   For more information on both go to  Statuary.
Fight Water Pollution------ There is an article in Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about Chesterfield, Mo.  joining the fight on water pollution. I am mentioning this article because there is a lot of good information in it about how you and I can help keep our rivers cleaner.   Please take a minute to look at this one.  Go to  STLtoday.
Friday The 13th Party At Chuck's House ------Our friend, Chuck Beach, is having a party tonight at his house by the River. It starts at 7:00 PM.  Bring your own chairs and drinks.  Music by "The Last Call" band.  Party is tonight "Rain" or "Shine".  For more information  click here.
Sunday is "High Heel Beach Day" at Iowa Island -----  The first annual "High Heel Beach Day" is this Sunday at Iowa Island.  Bring your heels girls and join in the fun !  You ask, "How do you walk on the beach in heels ?" ~ ~ ~   No problem, there will be a runway and a stage.  Judging starts  between noon and 2:00 PM. 

Prizes ~ Prizes !     

Sponsors for this event are Mike D and Gary Meinershagen. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis): 60 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow."           (Report made on 5/12/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.
Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.
Jimmy Manno Is Playing at the Sand Bar ------ Jimmy Manno and his Acoustic Guitar is playing this Friday and Saturday at the Sand Bar Restaurant.   Check out the Entertainment Calendar on the Sand Bar's  website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

05-12-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is view looking up  the slough that runs past Heartland Marina  yesterday afternoon.   This slough and the island that separates this body of water  from the Dardenne Slough  is not named on my map, but I can tell you that it is located at approximately the UMR 223.4 mile marker.  As we motored up the slough, our friends Larry and Debbie Mahrs hailed us down from their dock, so we tied up chatted with them for a while. Some of you may remember Larry from the crew that got hit by the flying Asian Carp two weeks in a row last September.  Click here and scroll down view those  pictures from the "Archives".
Search For Car Halted ------ According to an article in Wednesday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the search for the car belonging to the retired school teacher that drove into the Mississippi River in March of 2002 has been halted indefinitely.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

05-11-05
Our River Picture of the Day ------ is another  "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge  taken by Pat Reid.  He snapped this picture just a few weeks ago as the morning sun was starting to peek out from behind the clouds, creating a beautiful orange and red glow in the sky and reddish reflections on the surface of the water of the Mississippi River.     Above the sun and the silhouette of the bridge is a flock of geese flying by.  What a photo !   Check out Pat's website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat for sending us another one of your great river photo's.
City Of Alton Adds More Patrols At Dam ------ According to an article in Tuesday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the aldermanic committee recommended that the Alton City Council approve a resolution that authorizes the mayor of Alton to sign an agreement with the Corps of Engineers to add more police patrols around Lock and Dam 26.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
St. Peters Has Agreement With Corps On Extent Of Lakeside Wetlands ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch, the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of St. Peters have reached an agreement on the size of the wetlands involved in the Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The proposed business park is in the Mississippi River flood plain.  No permit has been issued.    For more information go to STLtoday.
Polestar Marina Boat Show------ Polestar Marina will have a Boat Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Hours 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM    For more information go to STLtoday and scroll down to the article.

05-10-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------  is another excellent aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte around the beginning of May. This one is a good shot of the layout of the place.  Look for these pictures on the Cedar Hill website soon    Check out Steve's website and the Cedar Hill website by clicking  the links on the right hand side of this web page. ......... Thanks for the photo Steve !
RIVER CLOSURE  ~ UMR  200 - 204 ------ According to ITCS Memo # 2258 the Mississippi River will be closed to navigation on 05/10/05 from UMR 200 to 204,  0600 to 1000 due to diving operations of local police department.   For complete information go to the  ITCS Memo # 2258.
Search Continues For  Car Off Of Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Monday's  on-line Alton Telegraph, the search continued last Sunday for the car of a retired school teacher who drove into the Mississippi River in 2002.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
Pictures From Con Trios Yacht Club Past Commodore's Party  ------  I received the following information and some party pictures from Darryll Weil.

   Saturday, May 7th, the Past Commodores of the Con Trios Yacht Club held their annual party at the Point at Polestar Marina on the Dardenne Slough.  The theme was "Surf and Turf", which worked well with the river setting and Kentucky Derby as well as the food, shrimp and prime rib. Great weather, great people, great food and a great turnout made for a very enjoyable afternoon, evening and then a moonlight boat ride on Rich Shamel's boat "Sin or Swim". 

   Darryll has posted some pictures from the party on his website.  To view them click here.  Thanks for the pictures Darryll.  

NOTE:  If you are interested in joining Con Trios Yacht Club ~ Check their website for information by clicking the link on the left side of this web page.

Another Item Has Been Added To Our Lost & Found ------   Rick Haines lost a small cooler Thursday night 5/5/05 on Iowa Island. Color : white with a blue top. Contents: water and a stainless steel flask full of Tequila. Please advise if you picked this up for me. Thanks
Rickhaines04@aol.com

05-09-05
The River Picture Of The Day ! ------  is an excellent aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte around the beginning of May.  Cedar Hill is located at approximately the  UMR 240.5 mile marker, which puts it about 1 mile below Winfield Lock and Dam.    Check out Steve's website and the Cedar Hill website by clicking  the links on the right hand side of this web page. Watch for another Cedar Hill pic tomorrow .....................Thanks for the photo Steve !
Public Meeting About Proposed Improvements At Winfield Dam ------ There is an article  in Sunday's on-line Quincy Herald-Whig  about a public meeting at the American Legion in Old Monroe where the Corps of Engineers will present tentative plans for  improvements at Lock and Dam 25.  A change is proposed on how water levels are controlled .   For the complete story go to whig.com.

05-08-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of Darlene and Ron's son,  Johnny , who stopped by the dock at Two Branch Marina to "Show Off"  before the Junior Prom.   Johnny attends Orchard Farm High School and the Prom was at Beefeaters Restaurant in St Charles. ~ ~ ~ ~  Only  "Real River Rats"  would understand why a teenager would stop at the boat dock before heading for the Prom.   Way to go Johnny !
First Pleasure Boat of The Season ------ Here is a picture, taken Saturday by the Winfield Live Cam, of the 1st pleasure boat  "that I have seen" locking through Winfield Dam  this season..  

05-07-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is   Jeanie, Chloe (18 months) and Amanda .  This picture was taken last night at Kinder's Restaurant ( of course) of grandma, daughter and grandbaby.  Three generations of river girls.    
Fisherman Report Spotting Car Off Of Alton Riverfront ------ According to an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph, Fishermen using sophisticated ultrasound and sonar reported spotting a car about 100 yards off of Alton's riverfront near the spot where a retired school teacher drove her car into the Mississippi River in 2002.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.
Plans For Downtown St. Louis Riverfront ------ There is an interesting article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch about how St. Louis is looking for ideas on improving the downtown riverfront.     For the complete story go to STLtoday.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
"Mississippi (above St. Louis):56 degrees, normal, muddy; all species slow.       (Report made on 5/5/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

05-06-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of some of the   River Girls  last night at Iowa Island. The  River Crew    celebrated Cinco De Mayo  on the sandbar and a good time was had by all..
Update on Royal Princess II ------ Captain Greg Sadowski called yesterday evening with an update on their trip and then emailed us a picture of   Greg, Tom and Dave  (left to right) standing in front of the boat used in the movie "Captain Ron".    The Royal Princess II is now in Kemah, Texas and all is going good.   They have 200 miles to go to Corpus Christie and plan to get there on Saturday..... Then,  the long drive home.  See you early next week guys.

05-05-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is just   Happy Cinco De Mayo  to everyone.  Oh buoy !

05-04-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of the  Royal Princess II  yesterday in Morgan City, La.  Captain Greg Sadowski sent it to me from his laptop over a cell phone. The 96 ft Skipperliner was in St. Louis last week, moored at Woodland Marina and the  "Pic Of The Day"  on 4-28-05.     Tom, Dave and  Greg said in their e-mail that they just bought some fresh shrimp from one of the boats for $2.50 / lb. !    Check out their trip report below.  Thanks for the picture guys !  
Update On River Trip Of The Royal Princess II ------  As most of you know the Royal Princess II was in St. Louis last week, moored at Woodland Marina while traveling down the Mississippi River from La Crosse, Wisconsin  to Corpus Christie, Texas.     I got an e-mail and picture from Greg yesterday and a phone call from Dave Kelly  with a trip update.   They  have averaged about  230 miles per day, the boat always attracts a lot of attention and "all is well".   The first day out of  St. Louis they made  Cairo, IL   The 2nd night was spent in Memphis, Tennessee and Dave said "the ribs there were really good !"  The 3rd night was at the fuel dock in Greenville.   Now they are "off " the Mississippi River and traveling the Atchafalaya River.  Tomorrow they are heading towards Galveston, Texas................  Have a safe trip guys and take lots of pictures for us..    
Grafton Towboat Festival  ------  (With a good link to "Bitts& Bytes" this time)  The Grafton Towboat Festival is scheduled for June 25 & 26.   Jack Simpson has a good article about the upcoming festival in the  Bitts & Bytes - Little River Books Newsletter, April 25, 2005   Open the link and scroll down to the "On the Waterfront" section.   

Man Who Jumped From Bridge Shot Himself 5 Times ~ Then Jumped ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, the man  that jumped from the Clark Bridge to his death last week  had shot himself  5 times, then drove to Clark Bridge and jumped to his death.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

Sand Bar Restaurant ~ Grand Opening Pictures ------  Check out the Sand Bar website .  I just added pictures from the "Grand Opening Party"  last Friday night.  Click on the their link in the upper right hand corner of this web page.


05-03-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of a  blue sunset   as seen looking up-river from the Winfield Dam last Saturday evening with one lonely  towboat pushing two barges up river to destinations unknown.  This picture is from the Winfield Dam live Cam.
Grafton Towboat Festival  ------ The Grafton Towboat Festival is scheduled for June 25 & 26.   Jack Simpson has a good article about the upcoming festival in the  Bitts & Bytes - Little River Books Newsletter, April 25, 2005.    Open the link and scroll down to the "On the Waterfront" section.   
Body Pulled From River  ------ According to an article in Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph, a body was pulled out of the Mississippi River about 1/2 mile west of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  Authorities believe it is of the man that jumped from the Clark Bridge last week.  For the complete story go to the  On-Line Telegraph.

05-0205
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of   two geese   taking to flight this last Saturday on the Illinois River.  Looks like they are trying to run on top of the water as well as become airborne. This picture was taken by Captain Glenn Sadowski who boats out of Woodland Marina on the boat "High Life".  Thanks for the picture Glenn !
Students Tour Alton Lock And Dam  ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  students from area schools got to tour the Melvin Price Lock and Dan last week.    For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.
Welcome New Sponsor - Luttrell Marine -------  Luttrell Marine is the newest sponsor on RiverBill's.  If you want to buy or sell a boat just contact Rich or Bob at Luttrell Marine and they will take care of you.  They have moved to a  new location at the Yacht Club of St. Louis, so drop by and check out their new place of business. Click on their link in the right hand column for more information, including a map, phone numbers, e-mail address and a link to boat listings..

05-01-05
The River Picture Of The Day ------ Is of the  Cajun Cabin   that is owned by Gary and Judy Meinershagen.  Gary and Judy boat out of The Yacht Club of St. Louis in "Beads Beads Beads".  I was driving past their club house last week and it seemed to be sitting there glowing in the sun and wanting of me to stop and take it's picture. So I did.   You have to agree that because of the color, this place really stands out.      The cabin is located on Lehmond Island and was  built in 1959 by Gary's father and uncle.  A person can spot the cabin from the upper end of Dardenne Slough at around the UMR 227.5 mile marker.  It sets  2 or 3 houses in from the slough.   Lehmond Island has almost become part of the mainland these days at normal water levels, but when  the water comes up a bit, it is an island.  When the water gets to high Gary and Judy have to go in by small boat, just like they do in the  Louisiana Bayou Cajun Country ~ ~  hence~ ~ "The Cajun Cabin". The Cajun colors were artfully chosen by Judy ~ ~ Good Job Judy!      If you are ever in the neighborhood Gary says  "Stop in and say hello".      

    Gary and Judy happen to be in yesterday's "Pic of the Day".  Judy is wearing the "Cajun Cabin" colored top  and Gary is beside her in the light tan jacket.  Thanks for sharing the info on your cabin with us !

No Sign of Man That  Jumped From Bridge  ------ According to an article in Friday's on-line Alton Telegraph,  the body of the man that jumped from the Cark Bridge last Wednesday has not been found.   For more information go to On-Line Telegraph.

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