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Tuesday.... January 31, 2006  

It's All About "Dutch" Day .....  I snapped a picture a cruiser heading down river on Sunday afternoon as it approached the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.  Well folks it belongs to a year round boater, and friend of mine, named Dutch..... so  I decided to make it picture of the day today.  

   What a coincidence this is, because when I updated the section named  "Last Year's River Picture On This Day"  ..... I realized that the picture of the day on Jan 31, 2005  was also of Dutch's cruiser.  And as I looked a bit closer I realized that I made a mistake on Monday's version of   "Last Year's River Picture On This Day"... When I fixed it, low and behold, the picture for Jan 30, 2005 was Dutch's cruiser also. 

   

Today....It's All About Dutch !

 

 River Bill says.......Keep on boating Dutch !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It was a picture of Dutch's cruiser, Scoundrel,  heading up-river past the Missouri Grafton Ferry landing.  Click here 

  I had a mix -up on last years picture for yesterday (Monday).  Here is what really was on RiverBill's on Jan 30, 2005.  It's Dutch's cruiser again.  This time moored at Sharky's on a snowy day.   Click here  

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Monday.... January 30, 2006  

Our River Picture of the Day .....  is a shot of Carl and Mary Tiemann's boat motoring past Dale and Lynn Williams house at the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers yesterday afternoon.   You can see Grafton. IL. in the backgound. .........What a great Winter Day !

 

 

  River Bill says.......Thanks to Dale and Lynn for having out us yesterday afternoon !  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It's  was spectacular sunrise photo taken from Mike D's deck up around the  UMR 230.5 mile marker across from Two Branch Island.  What a shot !   

  Click here  --- (This is really the Jan 03, 2005 picture of the day)

 

 

Sunday.... January 29, 2006  

Our River Picture of the Day .....  isn't a river picture, but but I decide to post it anyway, just because I like it.  A Key West sunset sent in by Larry Sansone, of Port Arrowhead that he  took it last November while on vacation.  It's great shot...the silhouette of the sail boats against the very bright setting sun...the reflection on the water...and all of those colors that seem to almost blend together.

River Bill says.......Thanks for the picture Larry !    

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It's some Mississippi River boaters at the Chicago Boat Show.      Click here  

Check It Out  ---------  Riverbills.com is now included on the "Advertising List" on  BoatCrazy.com ...... along with others like KMOV Channel 4, showmeweather.com, kmov.com, 5 St. Louis radio station websites, lakesunleader.com and golakeozarks.com

Click on BoatCrazy.com

Click on "Sell Your Boat"  

Scroll down to the Advertising area and take a look !

Last Day for Belleville Boat Show  ------ The Belleville Boat Show is going on this weekend at the St. Clair County Fairground.  Friday 5 to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to  8 PM,    Sunday 10 AM to  4 PM.    For more info call  618 - 233- 0052.

River Toys ..... I posted a picture a few days ago of some white pelicans that Mark Newlin  took from his kayak.  I included another picture that he sent in of an airplane and a SUV on a sandbar.  I labeled it "A few of his other river toys".   Well, I assumed some things and I was wrong.  Mark e-mailed the correct information and I think it's pretty neat because a person just never knows what you might see or do when you head out for a day on the river !

 

Mark wrote in his e-mail:

The pilot's name is Tom, he took me for a ride after he landed by the sandbar just up from Kinders. To start it he had to stand on the pontoon and spin prop by hand. Plane's name is the "Tundra cub". it's a 42 pipercub.

Thanks

Mark

 Thanks for the info Mark.     Hope to see ya on the river....Bill 

 

 

Saturday.... January 28, 2006  ~~~~~WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND ! 

Our River Picture of the Day ..... was sent in by Carl Seidler of Godfrey, IL.  Carl snapped this picture of a  tow on the Illinois River from the Brussels Ferry a few weeks ago.

River Bill says.......Thanks for the picture Carl.    

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It's a northbound, retractable wheelhouse tow.... and an eagle sitting in a tree taking in the view.      Click here  

Belleville Boat Show This Weekend  ------ The Belleville Boat Show is going on this weekend at the St. Clair County Fairground.  Friday 5 to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to  8 PM,    Sunday 10 AM to  4 PM.    For more info call  618 - 233- 0052.

 

Winter Festival and Polar Plunge Is Today In Louisiana, Mo -----      What is a POLAR PLUNGE?  An event sponsored by the Louisiana Police Department as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.  A few common nouns/adjectives used to describe the participants:  Idiots, crazy people, they’re out of their minds!!  The POLAR PLUNGE consists of individuals jumping, diving, or running into the Mississippi River .  The Plungers collect donations for the Special Olympics.  This is only one of the many activities scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2006.  

 

  For more information check out   www.Visit-Louisiana-Mo.com/  and sign up for their newsletter if you are interested.  

  Also added to RiverBill's Upcoming Events.  

Water Quality -------- I received an e-mail from Robert Mir about an article he seen in the St. Charles County Journal.   Robert wrote ;

 

Bill, in yesterdays (1/25/2006), St. Charles County Journal there is an article about MSD asking the Environmental Protection Agency to exempt the River Deres, Maline Creek and a portion of the Mississippi River from a stricter EPA clean water standard. In this article, Jeff Theerman, the executive director of MSD was quoted as saying "We have really struggled with the idea that swimming in the Mississippi River is a more pressing issue than sewage backing up into peoples basements". Theerman also said that it would cost $60 - 70 million to disinfect waste-water at its treatment plants.

        Its a pretty interesting article. These aren't recently developed standards, MSD has had years address these more stringent requirements. 

         The amazing thing is that the Missouri Department of Resources has already approved this exemption. The Environmental Protection Agency hasn't decided on the issue yet.

        I couldn't find this article on line. I was hoping you could help get the word out about this issue and help hold MSD, MDR and EPA accountable for our health, our environment and our tax dollars.

 Thanks

Robert Mir

River Bill says.......Thanks for the info Robert.   I vote for clean  / disinfected waste-water discharge into the Mississippi River.    Lets spread the word and let the MSD, MRD and EPA  know how we feel as boaters on the Mississippi River ! 

 

 

Friday.... January 27, 2006  ~~~~~WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND ! 

Our River Picture of the Day ..... was sent in by Ron Skeen.  It is of some of the Two Branch Marina boaters ringing in the new year with their annual New Years Day bon fire and cook-out at the harbor. 

 

   This picture is a bit late, but I am still working down the backlog from being on vacation.

River Bill says.......Thanks for the picture Ron....

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It is part of the old lock and dam in the Lincoln Shields Park across the river form Alton, IL.      Click here  

Belleville Boat Show This Weekend  ------ The Belleville Boat Show is going on this weekend at the St. Clair County Fairground.  Friday 5 to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to  8 PM,    Sunday 10 AM to  4 PM.    For more info call  618 - 233- 0052.

 

 

  Thursday.... January 26, 2006  

Our River Picture of the Day ..... was taken by Mark Newlin.  He snapped a picture of these white pelicans just above Two Branch.    He wrote that he spends a lot of time on the Mississippi in his kayak up around that area.     We got a picture of a few of his other  river toys   also.

 

Mark wrote in his e-mail:

My wife's name is Karen, she didn't believe we had pelicans in Missouri, so I took this shot just up from Two Branch. We spend a lot of time on the beaches, be we're early birds so we miss the real wildness.

 Thanks a lot for the web-site, I've been trying to tell people that the Mississippi is not that giant drainage ditch that you see downtown. So many people have no idea how beautiful it is upriver.

 Mark and Karen

River Bill says.......Thanks for the pictures Mark.  The river is indeed a beautiful place and we are so fortunate to have right here in our back yard.  Keep them pictures coming ! 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?   It's a single white pelican at the Alton Riverfront !   Click here   

 

 

  Wednesday.... January 25, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day .....  is a great panoramic river shot taken yesterday from the overlook at the Church at Principia College by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". The larger hot linked version is quite detailed so make sure you click here and check it out.  I think this picture was taken between the UMR 213 and  214 mile marker.  Looks like Portage Island directly across the river and I think that is Hideaway Harbor Park on the other side of the island.

 Robert wrote in his e-mail:

I took my fellow boat builder and friend Paul from Colorado Springs on a sightseeing tour around the Alton Pool today and got a good panorama shot of the river from the overlook at the Church at Principia College. I attached it here, but also have a few shots of the Melvin Price Locks, the Clark bridge & the little park at the confluence of the MI & MO at the link below.  The wind was gusting at about 50 mph, and there were whitecaps everywhere.  This was one of the few days I was happy to be on land. 

 The best part was getting home, checking your web page, and seeing last years pic was the Lock.

Click here here to see the rest of Robert's photo's from yesterday.

River Bill says...Thanks for the great set of pictures Robert.  That panoramic is awesome !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago !

Cedar Hill Resort Makes Cover of Heartland Boating Magazine  ------ Yes ! Our very own Cedar Hill Resort made  the cover of the January edition of Heartland Boating Magazine .  Congratulations Dave and Carrie Ash.

  I talked to Dave yesterday and he told me they are planning the following improvements at Cedar Hill in the coming year:

  • Adding a playground for the kids.

  • Adding another 100 foot of riverside docks.

  • Moving the riverside docks further out into the river and into deeper water.

  • Adding electrical hook-ups to the harbor docks.

  • Re-painting all of the docks.

Cedar Hill is scheduled to re-open for business on Saturday, 22 April 2006.  

 

See you there !.

 

Upcoming Events  ------ Added 3 of  Sharky's upcoming parties to RiverBill's Upcoming Events page.  Check them out ! 

  • Super Bowl Party......................Feb.  5

  • 50's Grease Party.....................Feb. 18

  • Pimp and the Hoe Ball...............April  1

 

 

  Tuesday.... January 24, 2006 

Our River Pictures of the Day .....  Were taken at the St. Charles Boat Show last Saturday night.  The one above is of some of boating friends  that we ran into while there. 

 

   While we were at the boat show we stopped and said hello to some of the businesses that advertise on RiverBill's.

Port Arrowhead of St. Louis ... is an advertiser on RiverBill's..  JD Schmid took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to say hello.   Here is  JD Schmid and myself shaking hands at the Port Arrowhead display!   Check out their website or stop by and see them at their store located at Highway 70 and 94 in St, Charles, Mo.   Phone 1-866-356-5872.

Dri-Port Marine ... is an advertiser on RiverBill's. Here is myself and  Doug Winters and at the Dri-Port Marine display !..  Check out their new  website  www.driport.com    or stop stop by their store at 300 Lake Bluff Dr., O'Fallon, MO 63366  Phone:(636) 978-9999 and.... take a look !

 

 

 

We also ran into a couple of well know river folks 

Jan Williams ..... of Williams Marine Clean fame , and myself.  

Last, but not least !   ....RiverBill and Mr. WhatsUpOnTheRiver.com himself ....Jim Murray

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago !

Wood River Levee System Study Funding  ------ According to an article in the Jan 23 On-line Post Dispatch, Madison County will fund a study to find ways to pay for the repairs and renovation needed in the Wood River Drainage and Levee District.  The levee system protects Alton, East Alton, Hartford, Roxana, South Roxana and Wood River..     Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

The band 2nd Nature's website  ------ They have added a movie to the 2nd Nature website.  Click on their ad link and check it out...I think it is pretty good !

St. Louis Drag Boat Association Banquet and Awards Jan 21st 2006 ------   Captain Darryll Weil, out of Woodland Marina, sent me the following e-mail about the St. Louis Drag Boat Association Banquet;

 

 

St. Louis Drag Boat Association

and

International Hot Boat Association

Banquet and Awards January 21st 2006

Went to the SLDBA Banquet at the Sheraton Four Points in Earth City this past Saturday.  We were seated with Big Dick's Halfway Inn Motorsports team back in a corner of the room.  Guess they know us pretty well :)  Roger was the Master of Ceremonies as usual and did an excellent job of keeping things moving.  We got to visit with several good friends that we just don't see enough of like John & Terry Bowles from the SLDBA, Dave & Mary Ann Schmidt, their son, daughter-in-law and five of their grandkids, all of whom help out with Little Dave's boat "Just Another Quickie".  Everyone we talked to is looking forward to another great season of Drag Boat Racing.  Hopefully we will be able to make several of the races with Big Dick's Motorsports and Little John's Marine Service.  Check out some of the pictures from the evening at:

SLDBABanquet2006

Enjoy, Darryll

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Darryll !

 

 

  Monday.... January 23, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day .....  was sent in by Mark Newlin.  It is of a tow pushing 16 barges up-river past the beach at Royal Landing in Calhoun County, Illinois.  The channel is really close to the sand in this area......  So close that it looks like a person could almost reach out and touch the tow as it was going past.   I would say this picture was taken near the UMR 222.5 mile marker.

   

   River Bill says........Thanks for the neat looking picture Mark.....Send us some more when you get a chance !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago !

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Summary ~2005 ------ Click here (PDF file) to review a copy of the 085 Eight District - Western,  United States Coast Guard Summary for the year 2005.   Our local coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla's  are part of the Eight District - Western.

    At a glance, the report shows 364 assists, 30 lives saved, 901 persons assisted,  951 class sessions and lots, lots more.  Take a look.

 

  Hats off to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the fine job they do !

   

 

 

  Saturday & Sunday.... January 21 & 22, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day .....   Is another one of those great Steve Schulte photograph's.  He caught the silhouette large bird as it was floating in for a wet landing in water that was oozing with orange and blue reflections from the setting  sun.  The setting sun is a guess on my part, it looks like a sunset picture to me.

  Check out  Steve's website...... www.steveschulte.com

  

   River Bill says........Another great picture Steve...Keep them coming !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 

Dog Days Of Summer Festival  ------ Jim Postle sent me an e-mail yesterday with info about the Dog Days Of Summer Festival that take place on Main Street in old St. Charles.  Jim wrote in his e-mail:

Hey Bill, 

Next years event is already in planning.  The date is June 17th.  If anyone knows any dog related vendors or rescue groups, please go to our web site www.dogdaysofsummer.org and request a registration packet.  We plan on making the River Dawgs board bigger and better that last years, so keep sending those pictures. 

Thanks,

Justin Postle

Dog Days of Summer

 

River Bill says.......Make sure to send us a picture of your River Dawg at the river to be displayed on RiverBill's and at the Festival.  

Added More Upcoming Events  ------ 

  • The Dog Days Of Summer Festival on June 17th  

  • Little Johns Annual Hog Roast on Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 27

  • United States Power Squadron's - America's Boating Club    "Boat Smart Course" being held Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 7 & Mar 14 at  the New College School, 1 Newport Place, Webster Groves, Mo.

 

 

  Friday.... January 20, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day .....   Is of another real River Dawg named ANGEL  Here owner, Tom Henderson, wrote that she loves the river and the boat.

  

   Send us a picture of your River Dawg .....And..... look for pictures of all of the River Dawgs at next years "Dog Days of Summer Festival" on Main Street in St. Charles.  According to Justin Postle, one of the organizers,  they were a big hit in 2005.

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?  .........It was a picture "Pirate" that belongs to Laura Lee and River Bill.     Click here and take a look.

 

Grafton Ferry Picture Contest Winner  ------ is Jim  Vineyard, of the Duck Club, for this beautiful sunset he took from the deck of the Grafton Ferry.   Jim wins 2 round trip passes for the ferry.

 River Bill says....Congratulations Jim !

 

 

  Thursday.... January 19, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day .....   Is yet another entry in the Grafton Ferry Picture Contest sent in by Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.  Looks like this picture of the Grafton Ferry was taken on from the ferry landing on the Missouri side of the river.

 River Bill says.......Good picture Robert. 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 

River Facility Told To Clean Up   ------ According to a story on KCTV 5 News the American Boat Co, on the Mississippi River near Alton, IL, was warned to clean up or risk losing its permit.   For the complete story go to KCTV5 .

Do You Want To See An Eagles Nest ?   ------ KSDK NewsChannel 5 has driving directions to an eagles nest near Alton, IL that is right along the side of the road.   For the complete story go to 5KSDK.com .

New Link   ------ Added a link for the National Great Rivers Museum located near the the Melvin Price Lock and Dam in East Alton, Mo.  The link is under "River Towns and Things" in the left column.

 

 

  Wednesday.... January 18, 2006 

Our River Picture(s) of the Day .....   were submitted by Gary Lucy out of Palisades marina and are nothing short of Spectacular !    Gary wrote in his e-mail :

Bill, 

I enjoy your river picture of the day and Alton pool information.  I have enclosed a couple if you would like to use them:  1)  Sunset on the River  2) Grafton at Sunrise.

 I have a 35' Kingscraft houseboat, The River Rover, that I am making into a river studio for my work.   She is at Palisades marina.  I am an artist with a studio and gallery in Washington, MO.  Go to www.garylucy.com for information about my work.   I have been working as an artist for 34 years and using the river as a subject for about 25 years.

 Let me know if you would like to have more photos of the river.  I have thousands.

 Keep up the good work my friend,

Gary R. Lucy

 

River Bill says.......Gary, those pictures are really good, and.. Yes.... we will be looking forward to seeing more of your work.  

 

Everyone ~ Make sure you take a look at Gary's website !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    It was actually 5 pictures showing a harbor tug at Winfield Dam break up the ice above the lock and then help a tow get aligned to enter the lock....Check it out..... pic1, pic2, pic3, pic4, pic5

 

Upcoming Events - Louisiana, Mo - Winter Festival and Polar Plunge -----     

   What is a POLAR PLUNGE?  An event sponsored by the Louisiana Police Department as a fundraiser for the Special Olympics.  A few common nouns/adjectives used to describe the participants:  Idiots, crazy people, they’re out of their minds!!  The POLAR PLUNGE consists of individuals jumping, diving, or running into the Mississippi River .  The Plungers collect donations for the Special Olympics.  This is only one of the many activities scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2006.  

 

  For more information check out   www.Visit-Louisiana-Mo.com/  and sign up for their newsletter if you are interested.  

  Also added to RiverBill's Upcoming Events.  

Upcoming Events - Grafton Harbor ------ Added the some of  Grafton Harbor's scheduled events to RiverBill's Upcoming Event Calendar........ Check them out ! 

Visitor Stats  ------ RiverBill's  Visitor Stats have been updated through December, 2005...........17,561 unique visitors

Reference: December 2004  RiverBill's had  3,515 unique visitors 

 

 

  Tuesday.... January 17, 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day ..... is another entry in Grafton Ferry Picture Contest.  It was sent in by Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride.   

   Robert captured a shot of the Grafton Ferry crossing the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers at a time when there was a bit of drift wood in the water.  Those chalky white bluffs along the Great River Road can be seen in the background.

 

Bill says....Good picture Robert !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 

Lock 20 & 22 Closure  ------ According to ITCS Memo 2340  Lock and Dam 20 was closed to navigation from Jan 12 - Jan 15 for repairs to miter gates 1 and 3.  

  Lock and Dam 22 will be closed Jan 18 - Jan 19  and again on Jan 24 - Jan 25  to install adjusting appurtenances to miter gate machinery 1, 2, 3 & 4.

Restrooms Closed At Lincoln Shields Recreation Area  ------ According to an article in the Jan 6 On-line Post Dispatch the Army Core Of Engineers has temporality closed the restrooms at the Lincoln-Shields Recreation Area due to repeated vandalism. The Rec Area is located directly across the Mississippi River from Alton, Il.     Go to STLtoday to for the complete story.

Timber Ridge Condo's -  Update  ------ Sue Ferguson, of Timber Ridge Condo's fame,  e-mailed me that there are only 8 units left.  So if you are interested in a...... "Life With A View"........  contact Sue at ( 618 ) 593 -7059...or...click on the Timber Ridge Codo ad link in the right hand column for more info.

Luttrell Marine - New Featured Boat ------ Luttrell Marine has a new "Featured Boat"....It's a 1999 FORMULA 31 PC.  

  Spring is right around the corner, so click on Luttrell's  ad link in the right hand column  and..... Check it Out !


 Monday....  January 16 , 2006 

Our River Picture of the Day ..... And... Entry in Grafton Ferry Picture Contest..... was sent in by Jim Vineyard of the Duck Club.  Jim wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

 Went to Tera Point Last Saturday evening for a night with friends. Took this sunset picture on the ferry ride over

River Bill says....Jim, what a great sunset picture !    Keep them coming  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 

Back From Vacation  ------ I am back from 2+ weeks of vacation in sunny Negril, Jamaica with about 30 boating friends.  All of my e-mails from the past few weeks are still un-answered, but I hope to get through them all real soon.

 

A big thanks to Captain Gary Bowers for keeping RiverBill's

 "On-course"    and   "In -The -Channel"  

while I was gone.  

 

See ya on the river,

Bill

Missouri - New Requirements For Mandatory Boater Safety Education  ------ Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri Water Patrol,  sent us a News Release concerning new requirements for out of state boaters.  

   "As of the first day of January, 2006, all non-residents born after January 1, 1984 who wish to operate a vessel on our lakes must successfully complete a NASBLA approved Boater Safety Course."  Click here for to view the complete News Release.

 

River Bill says...Thanks for the info Lou and please keep us informed.

 

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Grafton Harbor Update  ------ Charlie Wickenhauser of Grafton Harbor sent us the following update on Grafton Harbor.

Hi Bill,

  Happy New Year.  I am sending some additional pictures to update the information about our progress.

  • The first is the building platform which is complete and building construction will start this week.

  • The second is of the Containers being converted for our floating breakwater. You can see the brackets which will hold the containers together and in place.

  • The third is of the top of a container to show how the concrete decking will be placed to provide the 8' by 1280' walkway on the top of the Breakwater.

  • The fourth picture shows the progress on the Ripwrap.

  We are still on schedule to float in the completed docks mid February and start accepting boats as early as March 1st, 2006.

  Our slips are filling fast and we expect a great first year. Reservations are being accepted  for our 2006 social events including  the Towboat Festival and July 4th Fireworks & Party.

Regards,

Charlie Wickenhauser

Manager

graftonharbor@grafton-il.net

www.graftonharbor.net

Phone 618-786-7678

Fax 618-786-2759

Up - River Update  ------ Kathy Flippo of  Tow Talkin  fame at UMR 517 mile marker, in Iowa, sent us the following update from her part of the river.

 

Hi Bill,
 
River froze over first of December, we had two weeks with snow every-other day and a couple nights of below zero. Then came December 20th and we never saw the sun until the 27th and then not until Jan 7. But the day temps were in 40's  and the ice went out of the river and even the back sloughs. Ice going out of pool 13 too...it's all honeycombed and lots of open water. The eagles left, except for maybe a couple dozen, and went north to more ice. In early December you could count well over a hundred without even having to turn your head.

 

  01-15-06 

Our River Picture(s) of the Day ........ is a series of eagle pictures taken by Captain Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride", a few weeks back.  He snapped a picture of this eagle in the trees as he was checking out what the camera man was doing on the ground.  Looks like the eagle started to really pay attention and looked right at Robert....Then he had enough....And....flew off !

 

 River Bill says.........Robert submitted a whole series of good eagle pictures.  These are just a few of them.   As always..... these are great photos Robert....

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-14-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........  is bright sunny picture of the upper end of Dardenne Slough with the channel and Calhoun County, IL in the distance.   I thought the late afternoon sun created an interesting affect by casting those long shadows in the foreground and everything else so bright and sunny in the distance.  Even got the shadow of my vehicle in there...Oops !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago !   Make sure you take a look at this one.  It is a very neat picture of the Grafton Ferry in the icy water. I think the colors and reflections are great.


  01-13-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ Is named "Sorry ~ No Lunch".  It is of a fox on the ice trying to catch a duck.  This pic was taken by Dave Kelly, out of Woodland Marina, on one of his many trips moving boats up and down our rivers.

 

River Bill says .....Good picture Dave.  Looks like one of is keeping a close eye on Mr. Fox.  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-12-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ Is named The Joy of Winterizing.  It was sent in by Gramps, AKA Lloyd Dorn.  It is a picture of his son, Rick, winterizing his 24 ft. Sun Runner at the St. Louis Yacht Club earlier this year.  It takes a dedicated boater to get into those tight quarters.  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-11-06 

Our River Picture(s) of the Day ........ are of the rusting houseboat Ma Belle setting in a harbor off of Dardenne Slough near South Shore Harbor.  Take a look at "Last Year's Picture Of The Day" below to check out how she looked a year ago on this date.  Not much change....Just rusting away near Dardenne Slough..

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-10-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is of a large bird on a point right below Sharky's Restaurant.... Looking for Lunch !  This picture was taken a few weeks ago  looking down-river towards the point where the Dardenne Slough dumps back into the river channel. Looks like there is a houseboat out in the main channel.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-09-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........  is of the Kar-Mill Woods Boat Club pavilion and their park area on the banks of the Mississippi River around the UMR 230 mile marker.  That is Two Branch Island across the river channel in the distance.  I bet this is a good place to " Watch The River Flow."

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-08-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is a picture taken from the ferry landing in the back part of Dardenne Slough.  This is the landing used when the river comes up and the point becomes flooded.  That is Kinder's Restaurant in the distance on the Illinois side of the river.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-07-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ This   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 03-19-05

  

   It is another   "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   What a beautiful photo !   Steve took this picture when he went flying last Wednesday also.   That water looks dead calm.   Make sure to check out his website by clicking on his hot-link on the right hand column of this web page.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-06-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ This   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 03-30-05

  

   It is actually a series of 6 today named,   " It doesn't look good !"     What is that guy doing wading in the water at the boat ramp ?     Again, we have a few clues -- OH NO !.   it's another vehicle in the water.   Keep pulling -- just a little further.    OK -   Just a little more ---Pull !  Now that we are checking things out --   are there any fish in there ?     Yes, everyone agrees What a mess !     These pictures were taken by Lisa Beckman last summer at the Long Shot Saloon in Portage Des Sioux.   She was quick to point out that it wasn't her truck, nor did it belong to any of her friends and that it took two different tow trucks to get it out.     Thanks for sharing these pictures with us Lisa !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-05-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ A   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 02-03-05

   It is a is a series of 3 pictures of an eagle catching lunch on the Mississippi River near Alton, IL. The first picture is of the eagle right after grabbing a fish out of the river. He has one leg down and is holding the fish with the other leg sort of behind his body. In the next one he has his head down checking out the catch. (He is flying towards us.) The 3rd picture is an excellent shot of the eagle and his prey. Mr. Pat Reid of "Crystal Photography" also took this set of pictures. Check out his website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     Thanks for the pictures Pat

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-04-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ A   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 9-18-05.

   It is a dramatic picture a boat on fire at around 5 PM yesterday, Sept.17,  in front of Woodland Marina.   This picture was sent in by Barbara Rhoades, Commander of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 17-04.  

  According to reports that were e-mailed to RiverBill's; no one was hurt, the boat was out of Portage and channel 2, 5 and 11 news were all there.  

 

Additional pics :

- Another picture of the burning boat,  sent in by Captain Gary Bowers, with the Water Patrol boat in the foreground. 

- Another picture of the boat fire was taken with Brad Hefferon's a camera phone. Brad owns the boat "What Was I think'N".

- One of the pictures that Captain Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride"  took  took of the burning boat as the rescue team was was working to put the fire out.  Robert has a whole series of good pictures on his website that captures the this dramatic incident. Make sure you take a look at them.   Click here to view them. 

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  Bill says.....Thank you all for sharing your pictures of this dramatic incident.

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  Barbara Rhoades wrote: That this is one of the best reasons to to have a Vessel Exam from the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-03-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ A   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 7-06-05.

   It 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 !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-02-06 

The Best of 2005  ........ The 1st   "Blast From The Past"   was published on 7-06-05

   It 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....

  Take a look at the archives on 07-07-05 for more pictures of the floating love bug.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was on www.riverbills.com last year this time ?    Click Here for the river picture posted 1 year ago ! 


  01-01-06 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is a special sun rise for the new year.

Captain Dave Kelly took this sot of a sun rise "somewhere up-river" on one of his many trips moving boats up and down the rivers.  Dave wrote that it was one of the unusual sunrises he had ever seen.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR !

Freeze For Life 06 ........ The Alton Waterski Club is scheduled to present the Freeze For Life water ski show in front of the St. Louis Arch today.  

 

Watersports in January to benefit the ST. Louis wheelchair athletic association

Watch them ski on the Mississippi River on New Years Day in front of the St. Louis Arch or join in the fun.  

 

Check their website for more info:  http://www.altonski.com/

 

  

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