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06-30-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Bert Yates. He writes "Here’s a sight not often seen on the Upper Miss.  Although the picture quality is poor, the bright white cylinders laying on their side are two of the four steam generators being replaced at Callaway during this fall’s outage.  The trip started from Chalon, France on May 12th and they arrived at Callaway’s Missouri River docking facility on June 21st.   Each steam generator weighs in at a svelte 371.5 tons, not including the packing and shipping containers.  Not quite what Mike Tyson tipped the scales for his last fight, but definitely in the heavyweight class! "

  Thanks for the picture and the interesting narrative  Bert.

Iowa Beach  Thursday Night ------ Let's do better this week !    Lets clean up when we leave.  I am going to make sure that  I pick up all of my mine and tote it on home.   The Iowa Crew was pretty disgusted about last Thursday's party.........trash everywhere after it was over !  So do your part this week and take it home with you.     Click here to read their posting.


06-29-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Tony and Carole Bindbeuter's boat,  named

 "CHANGE IN LATITUDE".............The name says it all - - Jimmy would love it !   

St. Louis Riverfront ------ According to an article in Tuesday's on-line Post Dispatch, the public will have an opportunity to meet with the architects and planners that will be developing the master plan for the St. Louis Riverfront.   For more information go to STLtoday.  Scroll down to the article.

BoatingLinks.com ------ A new link has been added to RiverBill's named   BoatingLinks.com .  This site links to all sorts of sites containing all sorts of boating information, parts, accessories associations, electronics, classifieds and much, much more.  It is in the left hand column ~ ~ Check it out.


06-28-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ was taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". The picture is of  the "Carrie Mays" heading up-river with a load of rip rap passing the bluffs near Elsa, IL.  Thanks for the pic Robert.

St. Peters Levee Permit ------ According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch, the City of St. Peters expects to get a permit for the controversial levee needed for the Lakeside 370 Business Park..  For more information go to STLtoday.

Floating Restaurant For Alton Riverfront  ------  There was an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch with more information about the floating dinning and entertainment center proposed for the Alton Riverfront.    For more information go to STLtoday.

Record Visitor Count ------ RiverBill's  has reached a new record for visitor count more than  5,000 visitors last week !  The visitor count has grown steadily each and every week since inception of this website last September.  It started out at about 1,000 a month and now we are at 5,000 a week.    Thanks for all of your support ! 

   Keep that anchor right where it is ~ ~ there are many changes and improvements in the works.

Bill


06-27-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  boats at Hat Island early last Saturday while parking spots were still plentiful.   Up on the hill is another one of those houses with a great view of the river.

Towboat Festival  ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the Great Rivers Towboat Festival that took place this weekend in Grafton, IL.   To read the article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 

Update On Alton Riverfront plan  ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph about the multimillion-dollar transformation of Riverfront Park in Alton, IL.   For more info go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


06-26-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some of the  boaters at Hat Island  yesterday afternoon.  Hat Island is on the Illinois side of the river at the approximately the UMR 235 mile marker.

Kinders Is Open For Sunday Breakfast ------ Kinder's Restaurant is now open for Sunday Breakfast.   9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.  Menu items only..

Finest Condo Complex ------ Check out Grafton's Finest Condo Complex currently under construction just below the Aires Winery.  Why not visit the Loading Dock on Sunday, and stop in and say hello to Sue Ferguson (see below) who will be working hard at the Century 21 Satellite office located inside the Rubel Hotel from 11:00 - 3:00." 

06-25-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of  Denise, Laura and Dave   at the new Tiki Bar at Captain Jacks Restaurant.   With the Dardenne Slough right there it looks like a it will be a fine place to have a beverage and watch the river flow.   The new Captains Jacks was North Shore.  My friend Dave said "There has been more construction here in last 24 days than there has been here in the last 24 years !"    A lot of changes are taking place.  Click here for a picture of the front of the restaurant and one from the riverside dining area looking towards the river.

Free Boats & Boat Trailers ------ Denise Groecki of Captain Jack's Marina e-mailed me the following info to share with everyone.

    "There are a lot of boat trailers behind the lower harbor that have no titles or owners.  We are giving them away to anyone that wants one.  In addition there are some abandoned boats in dry storage that we are giving away.  The ones that are not taken are going to be crushed. and put into dumpsters and hauled away.  Anyone interested should come to the harbor and see Jack or myself."

Fireworks At Iowa Thursday Night ------ Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride"  sent us a picture of some of the fireworks at Iowa Island on Thursday night.  Thanks for sharing your pictures Robert.


06-24-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of some  river maintenance   going on yesterday afternoon by the power lines in Dardenne Slough.  Scott Wolf, of the Sand Bar Restaurant, told me that he talked to one of the workers and was told they are shoring up the river bank by the power lines on both sides of the slough.   Scott was also told that there will be a protrusion out into the slough when all is done.   Thanks for the info Scott.       The power lines cross the slough at approximately the UMR 224.8 mile marker.  .

This Weekend ------ There is a lot going on this weekend in the Alton Lake area.  The Block Party in Alton is always fun to go to by boat, the Great Rivers Towboat Festival in Grafton, the Riverside Flea Market in Grafton, the Poker Run sponsored by My River Home and plenty of night life at the river restaurants.  Check out RiverBill’s  “Upcoming Events”  link and the scrolling marquee at the top of this web page for more info…….. Enjoy

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 79 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/23/2005)

To view the complete report .....click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.


06-23-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the   restaurant at Captain Jack's Marina  , previously know as North Shore.  Captain Jack's is located near the lower end of Dardenne Slough at approximately the UMR 222.3 mile marker.  Looks like there is plenty of  construction going on at the restaurant and there is heavy equipment around the harbor also.   See the update from Denise below. 

Summer Solstice Sunset  ------ Lynn Tighe snapped this picture of the sunset on the first day of summer.   

  She writes " Here's to Tuesday, June 21st, 2005 !  The longest day of the year !"

   

   What a good picture.  Thanks for sharing your solstice sunset Lynn.

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Blessing Of The Fleet ------ Lynn Tighe sent me some info on the the "Blessing of the Fleet".  It   will be held on Sunday, July 17th this year.   Lets support this event !  Decorate your boat and join in.    Click here for more information. 

Update On Captain Jack's Marina ------ Denise Gorecki, Mrs. Captain Jack,  e-mailed me an update on the things that are going on at Captain Jack's Marina, previously know as North Shore.  Click here.

Work Barges Anchored in Dardenne Slough ------ Scott Wolf, of the Sand Bar Restaurant fame, reported that there are 8 barges carrying rock, a crane , bobcat & other heavy equipment anchored on the  Dardenne Island side of Dardenne Slough just down river from the entrance to Lake Center Marina.   Keep your anchor right here - there will be more info coming.

Water is Warming Up ------ The water temperature has reached the 80 degree mark.   Oh Buoy Summer is here !     


06-22-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a couple of  boats shooting rooster tails  near Hat Island last weekend.   Thanks Ron and Darlene Skeen for the picture.      

Helicopter At Iowa ------ Caught a picture of this helicopter  flying in front of Iowa Beach yesterday evening.      

Thatched Umbrella ------ There is a new thatched umbrella  at Iowa Beach ~ ~ Almost tropical looking.   That is Captain Carl testing out the beach stool.    It is there for everyone to use ~ Don't destroy it. ~ ~ ~ Someone help me out:  What is the correct name for a thatched structure like this ? 


06-21-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a  real river dog .  Robert Cope sent in this picture of his river dog named Suzi.    Robert writes "I was surprised she just laid there while my son covered her in sand.  She actually fell asleep after a few minutes."    Thanks for the picture Robert !   

Welcome To Summer !  Today is the first day of Summer and it has the most daylight hours of all of the days the entire year.   Enjoy !  

Alton Pool Mileage Chart ----   Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride" e-mailed me a handy mileage chart for Alton Pool.   Robert writes  "It's not super accurate, but will give you a ballpark idea how far it is from one point to another, assuming you run the channel.  Makes a handy addition to the chart book."  

Redneck Bass Boat ----  Rick Flier, out of Two Branch Harbor, (not the wrestler) e-mailed me a picture of an unusual looking  boat.  He called it a redneck bass boat. What do you think ?

Thanks for the picture Rick !


06-20-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is yesterday's sunset as seen from the up-river side of the lock at Winfield Dam. A perfect sunset on a perfect weekend.   This pic is from the Winfield live cam.  For additional pictures from the camera pick the link in the left hand column of this web page.   

The Great Rivers Towboat Festival ----in Grafton Illinois is this coming weekend.  For more information go to   http://www.altoncvb.org/calen_info.htm.

The Alton Block Party ---- is this coming weekend. The theme is "America the Beautiful".    For more information go to http://www.altoncvb.org/calen_info.htm.

The Riverside Flea Market ----in Grafton is this coming weekend.   For more information go to http://www.graftonloadingdock.com/Flea_Market/flea_market.htm

White Pelicans ------ According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch the white pelicans that pass through our area in the fall of the year are now nesting at the Chase Lake Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota.  There is some concern by Wildlife officials because last year they left the refuge early, leaving behind un-hatched eggs and baby chicks that did not survive.  For more information go to STLtoday

Plans Unveiled For Riverfront Park In East St. Louis  ------  According to an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch plans for a 34 acre park on the riverfront in East St. Louis, across from the Gateway Arch, were unveiled last Saturday. The park will have trails, a wetland garden, picnic shelters, a Sept. 11 Memorial and possibly an observation tower.   For more information go to STLtoday. 


06-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of a different looking  rock river bank  on the Illinois side of the river  near Winfield Dam.

Grafton Decides To Get Out Of Levee Battle  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the village of Grafton, IL has decided to remove themselves from the battle  that is going on between the city of St. Peters and the Great River Habitat Alliance over the proposed Lakeside 370 Business Park.  The business park is proposed to be built in the Mississippi River flood plain.  For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

Link To Radar Loop ------  Mike Vitale, of the cruiser "IN-XS",  e-mailed me the url address for a site that has "real time weather radar for the St. Louis area".   I added it as a link under "River Stages - Weather" in the left hand column.  Take a look.  Now we should be able to spot any storm that is going on in our area before we head out to the river.   Thanks for the info Mike.. 


06-18-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of the string of boats and people at Iowa  Island last Thursday evening as an ultra-light was flying past.   This is another picture taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".


06-17-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of a unique looking boat named  Slow Ride ,owned by Robert Cope.  In this picture it is setting in a nice natural harbor on down river end of Royal Landing.  A  full southbound tow can be seen in the distance.  I got to meet Robert last night at Iowa Island and we got to chat just a bit.  He says the history of his boat is a "real long story".  I am looking forward to finding out more about it.     Thanks for the great picture Robert.

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 77 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/15/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

06-16-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Is of a seaplane landing on the river, just below Winfield Dam,  in front of Cedar Hill.  You just never know what you are going to see on the river.  This picture was sent in by Wade Ramponi who had a picture of the storm in yesterday's edition.    Thanks for the picture Wade.

Grafton Harbor ------       I e-mailed Joe Desherlia for an update on Grafton Harbor and Joe replied with the following update.   "Grafton Harbor is going fine.  Our Environmental Evaluation has been approved.  We still plan on starting construction in July and be completely done by January."  

  Thanks for the update Joe.

How Much Will It Cost Me ? ------  I received a list of the Missouri State Water Patrol   "Violation Fines + Costs"   from a anonymous source that I consider very reliable. I decided to share the info with everyone.  Take a look at it and remember to boat safely and make sure you have all of the required equipment on board.    Click here.

Lost & Found Works------    Rick Haines e-mailed me yesterday that his missing cooler has been located through the  "Lost & Found" section of this website.  Yah Mon !

Another Future Boater  ------ Tim and Debbie Koyn write " This is our daughter, Miranda, on the way back from Turkey Island.  Check out her foot.  

P.S. Dad is right behind her, just leaned out of the way for the pic.

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06-15-05

Storm near Winfield 

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Storm at Mason Chute -  Click to enlarge

Our River Pictures of the Day ------   Are of the storm that blasted through the area last Saturday afternoon. Wade Ramponi e-mailed some pics taken near Winfield Lock and Dam and Mike Schwarzkopf, out of The Yacht Club, emailed some of the same storm that were taken from Mason Chute.   The pictures look ominous !   Wade was coming out of the lock at Winfield and had to head into the storm.  Mike writes that the wind kicked up a little bit and it rained for just a couple of minutes at Mason Chute.  Thanks for sharing your pictures Wade and Mike !

More Storm Pictures  ------  Take a look at the storm caught on film as it was passing over the Clark Bridge at Alton.    Go to On-Line Telegraph. 

New Link ------       I added a new link to the "Handbook of Missouri Boating Laws and Responsibility".  This publication seems very well organized and easy to find information in.  The new link is in the left hand column of this web page.  Take a look ! 

Future Boater  ------  Barbara Nelson sent me this picture  of her nephew, Eddie,  and Rich Shamel on their way back from Cedar Hill last weekend.  Barbara wrote that  Eddie didn't like the music that Rich was playing. What a face Eddie is making.   

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06-14-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   Today, June 14, is National Flag Day.  I thought it would only be fitting to have an American Flag as Picture of the Day.  This is a shot from last Fall of the flag on the back of Mike D's boat.  For more info on the history of National Flag Day and info about displaying an American Flag go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website.   

370 Lakeside Business Park  ------  According to an article in Monday's on-line Post Dispatch the battle over the business park seems to be heating up even more. The proposed business park is to be built in the flood plain.   For more information go to STLtoday. 

Cedar Hill - New Hours ------       Starting next Monday, June 20, Cedar Hill  will be open  Wednesday through Sunday.   Check out their website by clicking on their link on the right hand side of this page. 

The America and the Goldenrod ------       The Towboat America and the Goldenrod Showboat are stilled moored on the Illinois River at Kampsville according to a report from George Shindel 


06-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is some of the   Con Trios crew at the Champaign Brunch yesterday at the Duck Club.  

Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbor is having a poker run on June 25.     1st prize is now $1500,     2nd prize  $700   and     3rd prize $400.   4 free T-shirts and more !    For more information and "entry form"   click here(INFO ON ENTRY FORM UPDATED 6-12-05)


06-12-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a  tow locking through Winfield Dam on Saturday with two "tow boats" attached to the rear of the barges.  Not sure if they are both pushing the tow   "or"  if the one on the right is just along for the ride.     This picture is from the Winfield -Live Cam.

370 Lakeside Business Park Development May Be Sold  ------  According to an article in last Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch, the proposed business park that the city of St. Peters wants to build in a flood plain, will likely be sold to a developer.  For more information go to STLtoday. 

River Barge River Explorer  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the "River Barge River Explorer"  docked in Grafton last Tuesday  and opened its doors to the general public. This is a"one-of-a-kind", 730 foot long floating hotel barge that is pushed up and down the waterways of America by the towboat named Miss Nari.  For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

The Boat At The River Bend  ------    According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph, the new floating entertainment complex at the Alton riverfront, named the "Boat At The River Bend", should be in place by summer's end. For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 

New Lock Gates  ------    According to an article in last Tuesday's on-line Alton Telegraph, new lock gates are being installed at the small lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam at Alton, IL. The original gates were damaged last fall. For more information go to The On-Line Telegraph. 


06-11-05  Late update

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a  tow heading upriver this morning about 7:00 AM around UMR 231.8.   We were guests on Debbie and Jeff's boat last night  in John's Boat Harbor.   Thanks for the hospitality guys. 

Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbour is having a poker run on June 25.  For more information and "entry form"   click here .   

6-11-05~~ NOTE:  I talked to Andy Dallwitz yesterday  and he told me that the 1st prize is now $1500,     2nd prize  $700   and     3rd prize $400.        WOW !!           More info to come this afternoon.


06-10-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of  sunset yesterday evening looking up-river, behind Two Branch Island from about the UMR 229 mile marker.  Thanks Ron and Darlene Skeen for sharing your sunset with us. 

Update on Sunken Boat ------    Captain Gary Bowers reported the boat that was sunk in Bolter Chute has been removed and is now setting on the lot at the Yacht Club of St. Louis.   Thanks for the info Gary. 

Ominous Clouds ------  This is a shot looking down-river from the lower end of Hat Island at the storm clouds moving through the area late Thursday afternoon.  It was taken right before the wind and rain started.  Time to get inside the cabin and "Ride The Storm Out".  Thanks for the picture Phil.

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Poker Run ------       My River Home Boat Harbour is having a poker run on June 25.  For more information and "entry form"   click here .    

Alton Lock ------      The 2nd gate in the 600 foot lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam, in Alton, was in the process of being installed yesterday at 1:30 PM.   Thanks for the info Dale. 

Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 71 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish good on green sunfish and goldfish; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/9/2005)
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.

Sailing Link ---- I added a link to the "Valley Sailing Association" in the left hand column.  Check it out ! 

06-09-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of a person parasailing near Iowa Island last weekend.  This picture was taken by Robert of the boat "Slow Ride".    Thanks for the picture Robert.

John's Boat Harbor - Sold ------    Glenna  Tolliver e-mailed me yesterday that Jeff and Debbie House are going to be the new owners of John's Boat Harbor if all goes okay.  They will take over January 2006.  Thanks for the info Glenna and congrats to Jeff and Debbie. 

Another Sunken  Boat ------ Ron and Darlene Skeen snapped this picture of a runabout that sank in Two Branch Harbor last weekend.  George, from Two Branch Harbor,  is working to recover it.   

   

     

  

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A River Dog Named Gullie ------ Here is a  picture of  "Gullie" relaxing on a boat named in her honor  "THE GULLIEWASH", a Rinker 265.

Owners:   

    Brian & Terrie Bert  of Lake Center

  

  Send us a picture of your river dog to post here and on the  picture board at the "Dog Days Of Summer" on North Main in  St Charles on August 27th.  Check the "Upcoming  Events" for more info.

 

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06-08-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of   Colleen sailing her Sunfish on the Mississippi River last fall in front of the bluffs near Palisades Harbor..  Colleen is a member of the Boeing Sailing Club and says you can easily spot her sail boat by the colors of the sail. 

   Powerboat operators should remember to practice the  "navigation right-of-way" rules when around sailboats and ......... Give them a  break...........Watch your wake !

Water Temperature ------ The " Water Temperature History" graph, published on 6-02-05,  for the  Alton pool has been added to the column on the left for everyone's future reference.  I have noticed that the water temperature has warmed up quite a bit in the last few days with this August-like weather that we are having  - Enjoy !   

Boat Sunk In Bolters Chute   ----- We posted some info and pictures on 6-6-05  of a boat that was sunk Bolters Chute.  After that I received some e-mails asking for more information on the location.  Captain Darryll Weil was good enough to supply us with a map  for our reference.  Thanks again Darryll.

06-07-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is a  view of Winfield Dam as seen from the Tiki Deck at Cedar Hill Resort a few weeks ago.  Its a good place to watch the river flow and and enjoy the afternoon.

Dog Days Of Summer ------    Justin Postle sent me an e-mail about an upcoming event named the "Dog Days Of Summer"......  Justin writes:

  "We are organizing the 1st annual Dog Days of  Summer on North Main in  St Charles on August 27th to benefit the Humane Society of  St. Charles and Rescued Racers.  We are having  5 bands, Kid Korner, Dog related vendors, Dog Adoption Organization, Miller Girls, and celebrity Bartenders.  The even t is sponsored by RT Weilers, and Miller Lite.   If you would like more information, our web site is www.dogdaysofsummer.org."

     

    How is this related to boating and the river ?  Justin has agreed to post pictures of our River Dogs at the event !  Send me a picture of your River Dog.  I will post it on RiverBill's and then they all will be posted at the event.  Make sure they are river pictures and include your dogs name and the owner's name.  

 

  Pirate, our  River Dog, is pictures riding on the sundeck as we idle on the river and then waiting to lock through.


06-06-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is another one of those great pictures by Pat Reid.  This sunrise , taken a few weeks ago, is almost post card perfect with the Clark Bridge and the  sun rising behind it, the red reflection on the water, a silhouette of a tow passing under the bridge  and the dead trees standing in the river in the foreground.   What a shot.  Check out Pat's website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks Pat for sending us another one of your great river photo's.

Tim Pruitt - Update  ----- There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about Tim Pruitt, the guy that landed the 124 pound catfish a couple of weeks ago.   He has been on national television a few times and even has his own website now.    For additional information go to STLtoday.  To visit his website, go to www.timpruitt.net.  Make sure to look through the pictures.
Open Records Request Filed On Proposed 370 Business Park  ----- There was an article in Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about a local  environmental  group  filing a  "state open-records request"  in an effort to get St. Peters to release info about the private offer they have to develop the 370 Business Park.    For additional information go to STLtoday
Boat Sunk In Bolters Chute   ----- Captain Darryll Weil sent us some info and pictures on the boat that is sunk in Bolters Chute.  The pictures were taken by Maureen.   Darryll writes:

    A few days before Memorial Day Weekend 2005 a 32' Cruiser apparently hit the wing dam on the Illinois side of Bolters Chute.  The story I heard was that the boat made it about 200 yards upstream and to the bank where they tied a line to a tree before it sank completely.  When Crusher and I went by there the Thursday before Memorial Day all we saw was a black fender with a line tied to it marking the sunken boat.  Well, this weekend apparently work is progressing on raising the boat with air bags.   Having come close to a similar fate I feel real bad for the Captain of this boat.  Last year boating season almost started this way for me.  For more pics go to http://www.captainweil.com/boat_sunk_bolters/boatsunk1.html........Thanks Darryll

Pictures From Sharky's Party on the Deck Saturday Night  ----- Captain Darryll Weil sent us some pictures from the party on Sharky's deck Saturday night.   Go to http://www.captainweil.com/sharkysdeck/index.html    for more pics...........Thanks Darryll

06-05-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of the   Confederate Flag   flying on a boat dock that is located on the Illinois side of the river near Winfield Dam

National Fishing and Boating Week  ----- June 4 through June 12 is National Fishing and Boating Week. .    For additional information  click here.  
Personal Watercraft ----- There was an article in Saturday's  on-line Post Dispatch about personal watercraft,  accidents and boating education certificates for young boaters.  For additional information go to STLtoday.  
Family Fishing Fair ----- There was an article in Thursday's  on-line Post Dispatch about the  "Family Fishing Fair" at Pere Marquette state park near Grafton IL on June 11. The fair marks Illinois Free Fishing Days and National Fishing Week.    For additional information go to STLtoday.  Scroll down to the article.  
Safe Boating Expo Today ----- There is some info in the on-line Post Dispatch about a "Safe Boating Expo" that will be held this Sunday at the National Great Rivers Museum.   For additional information go to STLtoday.   Scroll down to the article.
Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Digital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    
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06-04-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of  Kylee   who was tending bar with a smile yesterday at Cedar Hill Resort .  Thanks for taking care of us Kylee.

Navigation Hazard ------    Captain Tony Trice emailed us about a navigation hazard on the channel side of the cut-through (just below Sharky's) that goes between Dardenne Slough and the river channel. Tony wrote" 'This is is big enough to cause serious damage to anyone other than a tow boat"..... Click here for Tony's map.

Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Digital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    

06-03-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is of some  River Goats   on Goat Island !    I don't think that is the real name of the island, but that is what I  have heard it affectionately called by a few boaters. It is  pretty neat  ~ goats living on an island in Alton Pool.  No location on this one because I am not sure the owners (nor the goats)  want a lot of boaters hanging around.

    Captain Gary Bowers took this picture for us about a week ago  .    Thanks Gary !

Safe Boating Expo This Sunday ----- There is some info in the on-line Post Dispatch about a "Safe Boating Expo" that will be held this Sunday at the National Great Rivers Museum.   For additional information go to STLtoday.   Scroll down to the article.
Weekly Fishing Report ------ Here is the Mississippi River portion of this weeks Missouri Department Of Conservation's Fishing Report.
Mississippi (above St. Louis): 67 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on night crawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/1/2005)  
To view the complete report -click the  "Fishing Report"   link in the left hand column of this page.
Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Didital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    

06-02-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is an aerial photo taken by Steve Schulte a few weeks ago   looking up river from Winfield Dam .  Look at all of the sand !  THis looks like the area around the UMR 242 mile marker, right above the Lock and Dam.    Check out Steve's website by clicking on his link on the right hand side of this web page. He is always adding new photo's...... Thanks for this picture Steve !  

Pictures From Little John's Hog Roast Last Weekend------  Captain Darryll Weil e-mailed me with the following:         

    Little John's Marine Service and Stainless Fabrication had their annual Hog Roast Saturday.  Thanks to a lot of work by Little John, Teri and their friends a great time was had by all.  Besides a whole hog that Steve and company roasted all night, food cooked on site by Bill and Linda Mixon with Jim Farr helping, many wonderful side dishes and desserts brought by the guests, of course we had the usual liquid refreshments and three different bands during the day.  The weather cooperated perfectly.  Check out the pictures at :  http://www.captainweil.com/LittleJohnsHogRoast2005               

    Thanks Darryll for sharing the info and pictures !

Pictures From Mason Chute and Cedar Hill  Last Weekend ------  Captain Darryll Weil e-mailed us  the following:           

   Sunday we anchored out in Mason Chute to recuperate and get rested up for a Memorial Day trip to Cedar Hill Resort up near the Winfield Dam with Rich and Kim Shamel on "Sin or Swim".  While we were sitting on the deck at Cedar Hill, August Busch III arrived in his seaplane.   Check out those pics at: http://www.captainweil.com/cedarhilltrip                   Thanks Darryll  !

Water Temp at Lock and Dam 13 ------    Our Up-River Friend, Kathy Flippo, of Tow Talkin e-mailed me that the current water temperature at Lock and Dam 13 is........ 66 degrees.  That is only few degrees cooler than the water temp at Winfield............ Thanks for the info Kathy.

Lost Camera  ------      Lost camera on Iowa island  Sunday, May 29, 2005.  It's a Olympus Didital, gold color, slide open lens cover. Contact Kenny Percy.  E-mail address krpercy@us.ibm.com or cell phone 314- 479-7873, was late at night.  Was lost by the B-B-Q pits and tables.    
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      We had a great turn out last night.  Thanks to everyone who participated.

06-01-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------    is actually a "Historical Graph" of the   Water Temperature of Alton Pool from Jan 2004 until May 2005.    We had some questions on the Message Board a week or so ago about the river water temperature.  The person wrote "Wondering what the average temperature of the river was last summer"  and "When will it get warmer ?"    

  I wrote an evasive answer to the reply because I didn't have any data on actual river water temperatures.   Well, the head of RiverBill's Research Department seen the reply and got his anchor rope all in a knot.    He insisted that we could do better and off he went on another research project. Oh Buoy!  He contacted the Corps of Engineers and requested some historical water temperature data.  You know what ~ he go it!  All the way back to 2004 for both Winfield and Alton Dams.

  He plotted the data and began studying it when he noticed that there was a difference in water temperature at the two dams.  4 degrees on average.  So we can say that the water warms about one degree for every 10 miles it flows in Alton Pool !  ( Now why is that ? )

   

    So when will the water get warmer ?  It is getting warmer each week until a peak temperature is reached sometime in mid - July.  It should get to be about 80 degrees if this year is anything like 2004..

   What was the average temperature last summer ?   The average at Winfield was 77.2 degrees and at Alton it was 80.4 degrees for the months of June, July and August.

  

    Note:  RiverBill's reading on the chart at the top of the web page is taken at Winfield Dam, so please add about 1 degree for each 10 miles you are down stream.

 

Please send all inquiries to:

RiverBill's Research and Development Department

 

Boating Safety ------      There was a good article in Monday's on-line Alton Telegraph about boating safety.  The article identifies three keys to safe boating as; operating the boat sober, avoiding reckless boating and wearing a life jacket.  It also touches on the subject of open containers of alcohol and the operator of the boat. For more information go to the on-line Telegraph.
Eight Illinois Ferries ------      There was an article in last week's Chicago Tribune about the eight ferriy boats that are still running in the state of Illinois.  Four of them are right here in our area. The article provides a bit of history and information on the remaining ferries. For more information go to the on-line Chicago Tribune.
Jamaica Daze 2005 Kickoff Meeting ------      Is this 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.

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