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7- 31 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of Mel and the girls. That is "Mel"  of Mel's Riverdock Restaurant in Harden, IL.      Mel served us up some excellent food on Saturday afternoon. It is well worth the trip up the Illinois River.   I know the pork chop that I had for dinner was huge and smoke to perfection.   Thanks for taking care of us Mel ~  And, thanks to Rene (on left in white visor) and Laura (in purple)  for arranging the trip on Mike "D's cruiser the  What Next .


7- 30 -05   

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the  River Explorer moored at Grafton, IL last Thursday. sent in by Darryll Weil out of Woodland Harbor.  Darryll wrote in his e-mail

 " It consists of two giant barges that are basically plush hotels and is pushed by a regular tow boat. For more info on this vessel go to www.riverbagre.com."

Thanks Darryll.


7- 29 -05 

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and here is our very own  Kelly T.....  posing for you and me right after taking a dip in the mighty Mississippi.   

  Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  

   

FYI - Towing Boats in Distress ------  I received the following e-mail about the US Coast Guard Auxiliary policy on  towing boats in distress and it is being posted for your information. 

 

--------------Salvors Business --------------  

  This should be brought to the attention of all Alton boaters that the USCG Auxiliary has been asked not to interfere with Salvors Business.  You ask, what is a Salvor?  That is a company that makes a living towing boats in distress.  Distress is defined as needing assistance to return to a safe harbor.

   The USCG Auxiliary does Maritime safety and when a call goes out for help they will respond.  As of this writing, the Auxiliarists are no longer allowed to tow a boat in a non-emergency situation without first contacting their command who, in turn, contacts a Salvor.  This Salvor has up to an hour to provide assistance.  In the meantime, the Auxiliary is only able to stand by the boat in distress. 

  I, for one, would not be happy sitting in a boat, in the sun, and in distress while having to wait on a Salvor to decide if they will do their job while there is a boat with trained personnel on scene.  Maybe we need to contact our governing officials about the restrictions placed on the Auxiliary.  The Salvor’s have the ability to hear the distress call at the same time as the Auxiliary.  If Salvors want to conduct their business they say they are in, they should be ready to respond.

 

Writer wishes to remain anonymous

 

Con Trios ~ Shrimp Boil and Beach Party ------ The Con Trios Yacht Club is having their "Shrimp Boil and Beach Party" on Aug 13 behind the Isle of Two Branch.     Members -  check out the flyer on the the Con Trios web site.  The link is in the left hand column of this web page.

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Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here are a couple of pictures of two more "Real River Dogs" sent in by Mike Lubiewski.   Mike writes that they are his grand puppies.......There is Sandy , the beagle, on the left and Kelty on the right.  Looks like they are right at home on the river........

     Thanks for the pictures Mike !

Jamaica Daze 2005 Meeting -----  The next planning meeting for this years Jamaica Daze party is on Aug 3 at the Sand Bar Restaurant at 6:00 PM..... See you there.

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

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 86 degrees, low, muddy; channel 
catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. 
Report made on (7/28/2005)

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


7- 28 -05  (Afternoon Edition)

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of a tug below Clarksville Dam on the Missouri side of the river that was sent in by John Thomas, who is in the U.S. Air Force.  In his e-mail, John wrote,  " I was recently back home on leave (Pleasant Hill, IL , which is near the Clarksville Dam) and I took these pictures.  It was good to get back on the river for a little while ! ".........John also sent a pic of him fishing in a slough below the dam and a pic of the lower side of the dam, probably looking towards Clarksville.. 

  Thanks for sharing your pictures with us John - and thanks for helping to protect our country !  

The Sand Bar Restaurant has entertainment Friday and Sunday ----  Check their website for more detailed information.  Click on the Sand Bar Restaurant  link on the right hand side of this web page.  

(NOTE: The 2nd Nature Band is not playing this Saturday as previously show on RiverBill's ---Sorry for any inconvenience) 


7- 27 -05

Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here are a couple of pictures of two "Real River Dawgs"  sent in by Murphy, of the houseboat "MURPHY II."   These pics were taken at the top of the  "Isle of  Two Branch."    Looks like these Dawgs are really at home in the water and the boxer must be having some friends over for a swim party...........

     Thanks for the pictures Murphy !

State Of Missouri Water Standards ~ Clean Streams ------ You may comment through Aug. 24 on the recommendations made by the Mo. Department of Natural Resources on which of our streams will be "designated "for recreational use"  and higher clean-water standards.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story. Make sure to check out Gerry Boehm's comments about Dardenne Creek in the second part of the article. 

Missouri Department Of Natural Resources Web Link ------  A  link to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources website has been added in the left hand column under "River Environment and Conservation".   This website contains a lot of good information -----check it out ! 


7- 26 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ sent in by Mike Lubiewski, is of a "Future River Rat" doing some tubing on the Quiver River Slough.  Look for more pictures form Mike tomorrow !

Drowning Near Portage Des Sioux ------  According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph a man drown Saturday night after falling from a pontoon boat.  Go to the  On-Line Telegraph for the complete story.

The Sunday Iowa Crew ------  Tom sent us a picture from last Sunday of the river crew at the beach on the " Isle of Iowa. "  Looks like another  River Social !    Keep them pictures coming Tom !

Dog Days Of Summer ------ Here is a picture of a real river dog named "River Splash" that is owned by Pam and Robert Gundlach.   Pam writes;

  " Here at Horseshoe Island even "River Splash" enjoys the dog days of summer.  She just chills out on the river just like her owners.  Splash is a river dog since day one and can't get enough.  She says see you on the water."...................Thanks for the picture Pam......I say that is one cool dog !


7- 25 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a shot looking through Mason Chute across the Illinois River at Grafton that was sent in by Captain Darryll Weil out of Woodland Marina.   To check out more of his weekend pictures click here.   Thanks for the pictures Darryll.

Con Trios Yacht Club ------  I added pictures from the Grafton Ferry "Full Moon Cruise" to the photo gallery of the Cont Trios Yacht Club website.  Take a look.


7- 24 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of the some of the party goers  gathering in the parking lot at the Grafton Ferry getting ready for the Con Trios Yacht Club   "Full Moon Cruise"    on a hot Saturday night.  We boarded the ferry where there was plenty of food, of course a raffle and live music.  A good time was had by all.........A big thanks to the members of the Con Trios board for making this event happen.  Good job !.....Watch for more pictures on the Con Trios website in the near future.

Cedar Hill Harbor ( 7-22-05 ) ------  They just finished dredging the mouth of the harbor at Cedar Hill........  Dave says "There is plenty of water.  Come on up !  "


7- 23 -05

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have the best women in the world boating Alton Lake.  Here are 6  Rivermaids ~ soaking up some of that summer sun and making the boys smile at the same time.   Welcome to the weekend !   


7- 22 -05  Afternoon  Edition

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is an action shot taken by Steve Schulte of a jet ski doing some serious air time.    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 !  

Melvin Price Dam Hydroelectric Power Project ------  There was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about a proposal to build a hydroelectric power unit at the Price Locks and Dam at Alton. The Price Dam Partnership is awaiting a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

Portage Des Sioux Nature Area to Be Dedicated On Saturday ------  There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the dedication of Portage Des Sioux's new  Nature Area this coming Saturday.  It is located in the same area where  33 houses stood prior to the 1993 Flood.   Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

The Girls Of Alton Lake ------  I changed the name around a bit and gave the "Girls Of Alton Lake" their own page. There is a new link in the left hand column.    Take a look at "The Summer Collection"  of photos we have so far.  These gals of Alton Lake are great !

   Will be adding a new  picture to the collection on Saturday ......

Looks Like The Old Belle To Me Too ------  Captain Brad Hefferon, of the boat "What Was I Think'N" out of Lake Center,  also sent me an e-mailed about Tuesday's Pic Of The Day.  He writes " I would agree that it looks like the old Alton Belle.  I know that the real old Alton Belle was docked at a casino in East Peoria, IL.   I'm not sure if it is or not, its been 2 months since I have been up there."   Thanks for the info Brad.

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

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 84 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits and nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/21/2005)

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


7- 21 -05

Our River Picture(s) of the Day ------  are of a few of the boats that participated in last Sunday's  Annual Boat Parade and Blessing Of The Fleet.   There was a Viking in a sailboat plus some other well decorated boats.  One boat picture even has a good view of the bluffs in the background.     Thanks for sharing your pictures Robert.

Looks Like The Old Belle ------  Captain Brian Schaffer sent me an e-mailed about Tuesday's "Pic of the Day".  He writes " Your "Picture of the Day" looks like the old Alton Belle." And he provided us with a link for comparison.    Here is a Alton Belle Casino link to compare the Old Alton Belle with  Tuesday's Pic Of The Day.  I think he is right.  They sure look the same boat.    Thanks Brian..


7- 20 -05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  was taken last weekend behind the Isle of Two Branch of a true River-Rat cooking up some Mississippi River Cuisine.   Table, cooler, grill, umbrella and everything else needed, right at your fingertips.  Staying cool and cooking up a storm.   All I can say is that you had to be there !

Service With A Smile ------  Thanks John for always takes care us  while  "gassing up" at Riverside.   

Alton Marina - More Docks and Fire Protection System Update  ------  There was an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph about the Alton City Council approving a resolution for a fire prevention system study and dock design and construction at the Alton Marina.  The fire protection system will be replaced or repaired and an additional 32 - 36 slips will be added at the eastern end of the marina.   Go to the On-Line Telegraph to read the complete article.

Where Huck Finn Rafted The Mississippi  ------  There was an article in Tuesday's USA Today about this area of the Mississippi River that includes a lot of interesting web-links to area towns and attractions. To read the article go to USATODAY.com 

600 HP Pontoon ------   This is not a river picture, but a picture  of a 26' pontoon boat with twin 300 HP Black Max outboards gets a spot on RiverBill's.   Rick Flier took this a few years ago while at Lake Havasu. The boat supposedly ran 85 MPH.............Thanks for the picture Rick.   


7-19-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------  is of a very large  boat (maybe we should call this one a ship ) heading down-river on Sunday afternoon.   This picture was taken just above the shrine by Willie and Mary Wade of the boat "Seas the Moment".   All that Willie knows about this vessel is that the markings on it indicated that it was from Joliet, IL and that the starboard side was very dirty and needs painting.       Thanks for the picture !

 

Blessing of the Fleet   ------  The Alton Telegraph had a good article in Monday's edition about the "Blessing Of The Fleet"  that took place last Sunday.  Go to the On-Line Telegraph to read the article.

River Dog Named Oscar  ------ Barbara Appel sent us a picture of a dauschund name Oscar and his owner, Dana Graff, sun bathing......  Barbara writes that "Oscar is very popular on Iowa Beach for bumming snacks and umbrella shade from anybody close by."

  Thanks for the picture Barbara !


7-18-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------   I am going to name this one "The Water Patrol's Worst Nightmare" and some phrases that you just might hear in this situation are: 

 

~ Who is the captain ?

~ B.O.B. - You are in a heap of trouble this time !

~ OK,  lets see them life jackets and registration.

~ Where are your numbers ?

~ Anybody down below ?  (Hah)

~ Put your hands down ~ I have not arrested you ~~~YET !

~ What is everyone smiling about ?  You think this is funny ?

~ Oh Buoy, I don't  think I have enough tickets left in this book .

 

  This pic was sent in by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  Check out his website !

Update On Captain Jacks ------ I stopped in a seen The Captain and Denise on Friday at Captain Jack's on Dardenne Slough for an update on the on-going construction.  A fence has been put up around the outside tiki bar area and some really good looking fiberglass palm trees are in place with water misters to help keep everyone cool. The entire tiki bar will be covered with sand before the opening.   They are moving right along with the renovation and improvements on the bar and restaurant as well as the entire harbor.  Could be open for business in a couple of weeks !  

   Jack told me an interesting story that he wants to share with everyone.  The bar / restaurant building originally had a screened in porch that they decided to improve by replacing the screens with glass windows. Jack found out that because the building is in a floodplain he needs a "waiver" from the Core of Engineers stating that the new windows will not impede the flow of the Mississippi River !     

  Stay tuned ......there will be more info rollin down the river for us soon about Captain Jacks..  


7-17-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of one of the boats decorated for the  "Annual Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet" . 

Annual Parade of Boats & Blessing of the Fleet

Sunday July 17,2005

Palisades Yacht Club & Our Lady of the Rivers Shrine, Portage Des Sioux

This Years Theme:

"JUST DECORATE - WE'LL JUDGE"

Parade originates at Yacht Club of St. Louis at 1:30 PM and travels downstream with an ETA at Portage Des Sioux of 3:00 PM where the parade passes the judges for a review and then proceeds to the base of the Shrine where Rev. Michael Sandwig blesses each boat as it passes.    Everyone is invited to a festive awards ceremony immediately following the parade where trophies will be awarded in 5 categories, Houseboats, Cruisers, Sailboats, Pontoons and Runabouts.  Hope to see you there.

Lynn Tighe

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Weekend Traffic Congestion ------ If you plan to use  Mo. Highway C to get to the river this weekend, there could be some traffic congestion in old-town St. Peters because of the the "Old Time Picnic" that is going on.   You might want to consider another route.


7-16-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Sue Moretti.  It is of Pat, John and Kathy at Iowa Island last weekend.     


7-15-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------was sent in by Captain Mike.  He writes   "Another boat that hit the levee at the top of Bolter Island on Sunday. I took these PICS Monday morning after the water went down about 8 inches. You can see he just made it on top. He hit the same levee the fly-bridge boat hit a few weeks ago that was  PIC of the day. We just need to warn everyone since the levee's are not marked."

  Thanks for the picture and info Mike.  It should help get everyone's attention and remind them to be knowledgeable of where the levees are located in this pool.  Always be on the lookout for changes to the existing levees and new ones.   Most important of all, boaters must know how to read the water in order to spot underwater obstructions such as levees.   

    

Hello From Chicago ------ One of our fellow river boaters, Greg Moore,  moved to northern Indiana recently because of his job.  Greg e-mailed me a few pictures from his new boating spot ~ Lake Michigan.  

   Greg writes that he has managed to make the trip from Portage , Indiana  across Lake Michigan to Chicago 4 times so far.  It is about 33 miles.  Greg says you could call this picture "Chicago In The Rear View Mirror".  It was taken by Greg's friend, Gary Bergschneider on Sunday, July 10th.

  Thanks Greg for sending the e-mail and the pictures to your friends in St. Louis.  

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

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 82 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish good on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/13/2005)

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

Possible Traffic Congestion ------ If you plan to use  Mo. Highway C to get to the river this weekend, there could be some traffic congestion in old-town St. Peters because of the the "Old Time Picnic" that is going on.   You might want to consider another route.


7-14-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a  sunset behind Two Branch Island taken by Captain Darryll Weil out of Woodland Marina.   To check out more of his weekend pictures from Cedar Hill and Two Branch Island click here.   Thanks for sharing your weekend pictures with us Darryll

River Dogs ...Matt and Tux ------ Captain Glen Sadowski sent us a picture of couple of real RiverDawgs, named Matt and Tux.   He writes  " These two will often greet you when you enter or leave Woodland, especially if you have one of their four legged friends aboard.  They have been on the the river all of their life.  They are the "masters" of Dana, Greg and Glenn.    These guys would rather go for a boat ride than chase some dumb Frisbee any old day.   Matt (left) the a boy and Tux is a girl"..........Thanks Glenn, for sending in the picture of your RiverDawgs !

Annual Boat Parade and Blessing Of the Fleet ------ is this Sunday.  For complete information check "Upcoming Events" in the upper left hand corner of this web page.   Why not join in the fun ?

2005 Barge Tour Schedule ------ There is a series of educational barge tours taking place this summer on the Illinois  and Mississippi Rivers.  These tours will visit many river towns including Beardstown, Alton and Quincy.   On the tour a person will experience the mechanics of river transportation and learn about the connection between the river, the economy and you.  For more information go to http://www.ilcorn.org/2005_Barge_Brochure.pdf

Farmers Go To Capital To Support River Projects ------ There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about mid western corn growers going to the capital in an effort to block a late threat to river construction projects. .  Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

Loading Dock Salsa ------ Ever want to make some of that salsa at home or on your boat  like they serve at the Loading Dock in Grafton ?  The recipe is in Wednesday's  STLtoday .


7-13-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of two seaplanes in front of Cedar Hill Resort on the 4th of July weekend.   Carrie Ash writes that that they had their own little air show.  The plane  in the distance is a 1929 seaplane and it did some touch and go's on that Monday. Cedar Hill Resort is located about 1 mile below Winfield Dam on the Illinois side of the Mississippi.  Thanks for sharing your neat picture with us Carrie.

Update On Captain Jacks------ Formerly known as North Shore Harbor.   There are a few old classic boats positioned around the premises for decoration and more decorats to come.  The bar is finished, all of the tile is down and the coolers are coming next week.  Keep that your anchor right where it is ~ we will have more info as it becomes available.  .   

Sharks In The Mississippi------ there is an interesting article in the on-line In-Fisherman about 2 commercial fisherman from Alton, IL that caught a "bull shark" in the Mississippi River in 1937. To read the complete article go to In-Fisherman.com.

Update On River Maintenance At The Power Lines In Dardenne Slough -----  the shoring up the river bank by the power lines on both sides of the slough appears to be complete and there are no visible protrusions out into the slough.  The power lines cross the slough at approximately the UMR 224.8 mile marker.  .
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B.O.A.T----- Break Out Another Thousand .  

This definition of boat was on an e-mail that I received and as most of us know it sure fits sometimes.  I am not sure of the source, but whoever created the definition must of been having boat problems at the time.


7-12-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a of a tow and a runabout .  I heard that the two vessels had a near near collision last Sunday right in front of Iowa Island.   Captain Gerry Richardson took these pictures and sent them in.  Thanks Gerry !

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day ------ is a of the Mississippi Queen  as it navigated its way through Alton pool last Sunday evening.   What a grand looking vessel.  Pictures are complements of Robert Cope.    

Con Trios Yacht Club ------ The Con Trios website has been updated with a lot of pictures from the Champaign Brunch, info on the upcoming "Full Moon Cruise" on the Grafton Ferry and a copy of the latest Newsletter.  If you are interested in joining this boating social club, see the website for more information.

7-11-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a some of the boaters on Hat Island Sunday afternoon having a river social and staying cool.  

Mississippi Queen Docks At Alton   ------  According to an article in the on-line Alton Telegraph the Mississippi Queen docked at the Alton riverfront last Friday to the sounds of old-time jazz music and the applause of about 70 greeters.   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


7-10-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is a shot of the boats at Hat Island yesterday afternoon.  


7-09-05

The "River Girls of Summer" Collection ----  We have the best women in the world boating with us on Alton Pool.  Here are 4  Rivermaids ~ staying cool, working on their tans and enjoying the beauty of Alton Lake.    Welcome to the weekend. 

Links ----  I fixed some broken links on RiverBill's to the "Mo State Water Patrol" and the link to UMR Nav Charts .  Thanks to the Captain Brian of  the boat "Called In Sick"   for sounding the alarm that the link to the " Mo. State Water Patrol"  site had changed.   

Lost Key ----  One of our river friends lost his key while swimming at Iowa Island  on Tuesday 7-05-05.  It floated out of his pocket.  The key was attached to a white Styrofoam float with a yellow wire tie.   The float is about 4 inches long and 3/4 inches in diameter.    If you retrieved it from the river see the "Lost and Found"  for info on contacting the owner.


7-08-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of the sun setting behind the trees of Two Branch Island yesterday evening.  Have a good weekend and boat safely ! 

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

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 82 degrees, normal, muddy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 7/7/2005)

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


7-07-05

The "River Girls of Summer" Collection ---- We have some of the best women in the world boating here on Alton Lake and the very first "River Girl Of Summer" is one of them.  A  beautiful river mermaid named Beads.  Even that lone beam of sun light found its way across the water and up the sand to shine on our Rivermaid !    What a picture.

   Photography by Marty Henderson of www.fotou.net .  Check out his great work !

More Pics Of The Love bug -----  Taken by Captain Ron Meier, of www.ByOwnerYachts.com, as the Love Bug was motoring through Mason Chute last Saturday.   Thanks for the pictures Ron.

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Alton's Riverfront Amphitheater ------ There was an article in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the redevelopment of Alton's Riverfront.  The project will include an amphitheater, a pedestrian bridge,  a landing for large riverboats and more.  Go to STLtoday for the complete story.

Commentary On The St. Peters Levee ------ There was a well written commentary in  Wednesday's on-line Post Dispatch about the St. Peters levee war.  Please take a minute and go to STLtoday    and read it.   


7-06-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------ is of "Herbie",  the Love Bug,  rolling on the Mississippi River last weekend.  The pic was sent in by Kathleen Tackett and Eric Williams of Portage.  Kathleen wrote that this was the talk of the river last weekend among their group of "Riverizers".  Their river crew spends a lot of time at the new sand bar beach across from Sherwood Harbor that they have named Willaimsburg !    Thanks Kathleen and Eric for sending in this one of a kind river picture.

 ( Note:  Kathleen would not let our frequent river pic  submitter, Robert Cope send in his picture of the Love Bug. ) 

Darryll's 4th of July Pics -----  Darryll Weil writes  "Spent the weekend of the Fourth on the Mississippi anchored out behind Two Branch Island.   After anchoring in an area with varying water depths Doug from Gin Bucket II waded about 200 yards upstream and found a nice level area big enough for all the boats.  We all weighed anchors and moved on up!  That was our last move for the rest of the weekend.  .

With all the wonderful food we brought, especially Gary and Kathleen's Prime Rib Feast, we ate like we were on a Cruise Ship.  Of course there was also the usual libations :-)  Had our own air show compliments of the vultures and four of the F-15 Strike Eagles flew over us enroute to the air show at the Arch.  Crusher put on a fireworks display Sunday night from the puppy boat (after we got Bear out of it so he wouldn't catch fire).  Other than Crusher getting caught in the current and Gary and Sue having to go get him with their boat, me overheating the main engine Monday and Say Steel and White Trash making contact it was a great weekend.  Click here to check out all of  the pics

2005 Jamaica Daze Meeting ------is at 6:00 PM this evening at the Sand Bar Restaurant at Lake Center Marina.   Appetizers and finger foods will be available for purchase.   


7-05-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of a jet ski catching some air.      This picture was taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".  Thanks for the picture Robert. 

Iowa Beach Last Sunday ----- Tom and Sandy sent us a pic of some of the boaters hanging around in the water last Sunday at Iowa Beach.  Thanks for the picture Tom.

Mussel Harvest Contracts Available ----- The Illinois Department Of Natural Recourses has announced that contracts to harvest commercial mussels will be available for a portion of the Illinois River from Grafton to the LaGrange  Lock and Dam at river mile 80.1 from July 15 to Aug 31.  The Illinois River was been closed to commercial harvest since 1994 because biologists believed that the zebra mussel would cause extermination of native mussel species.  In recent years, zebra mussels have declined while native mussels are holding steady.    For complete information go to Illinois Department of Natural Resources  Press Releases  

Auxiliary Lock Reopens At Alton   ------  There was an article in Saturday's on-line Alton Telegraph with information about the auxiliary lock reopening at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam after a closure of nearly nine months..   To read the complete article go to the  On-Line Telegraph. 


07-04-05

Happy Fourth Of July ----- Our pic of the day is your own personal fireworks display going off above the Clark Bridge in Alton, IL.  ...Click the sky above the Clark Bridge with your mouse to add additional fireworks........Each click adds 1 more sky rocket.......A big thanks goes out to Captain Gary Bowers for the animated fireworks and to Steve Schulte for the great picture.

Hat Island Cajun Fest ------A pic of  Gene-O and Ron at the Cajun-Fest on Hat Island on Sunday.  Jambalaya , crawfish, cold beer and river friends.


07-03-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of some boats hanging on an anchor and rafted together  behind Two Branch Island yesterday.    A fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  


07-02-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is of some of the houses on Dardenne Slough.  Notice the one on the right hand side of the picture has a tree going through the deck in front of the house.  

Added New Links ------  I added a couple of new links in the column on the left for those of you that like to fish.   Check out the "Illinois Fishing Message Board" and the "Missouri Fishing Message Board."     


07-01-05

Our River Picture of the Day ------is a Thursday night Group Picture  from Iowa Beach yesterday evening. Good friends with the glow of a the sunset in the background  and a rising moon behind the clouds.

Moon Phase Chart ------ We have added a Moon Phase Chart to RiverBill's in the box at the top of the page that contains the river levels and weather.  Now, the after dark river travelers will know what kind of moon to expect for their journey's...........Thanks Captain Gary Bowers for making this possible !

Lost Drivers License Returned ------ The picture to the right is of Dave returning Mike's lost driver license last night on Iowa Beach.   The story goes that Mike lost his license last weekend on Hat Island and  Dave found it.  Going by memory of the picture on the license, Dave spotted Mike at the Thursday night party and returned it.   Way to go Dave !

  

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ITCS Memo 2274 - Marine Events / Closures ------issued on  6/30/05 lists the river closures for July 2 - 4.  Click here to view the document.

Alton Fireworks ------ There was an article in  Thursday's on-line Post Dispatch about the upcoming fireworks display at Alton this Sunday.  Go to STLtoday to for times and information

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

Mississippi (above St. Louis): 83 degrees, normal, dingy; flathead catfish fair on live baits; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/30/2005)

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

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