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  Wednesday.... May  31,  2006

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Our Rivers Picture of The Day  ......  are from Betty Bannister.  They are pictures from the Ground Breaking Ceremonies at Grafton Harbor last Saturday.

 

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

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

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

Sunday, June 11......Con Trios Yacht Club's Champagne Brunch

at the Duck Club Yacht Club.

 

10:00AM Registration, Continental Breakfast

11:00AM The Lenny Frisch Trio - Poolside

11:30 Brunch is served.

For more information

Go to ..........http://www.contriosyachtclub.org

Two Rivers Marina --Your River Get-Away------Is our featured River Business of the week.  

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U. S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. We are a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north .  

Scroll down.... or......Click Here for more info.

Pictures From Little John's Hog Roast....... Captain Daryyll, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat "After You", has updated his website with pictures form Little John's Annual Hog Roast last Saturday. 

Click here and take a look.

Click here to go to captainweil.com.

Boat Sinks On Mississippi River... 14 Rescued....... There was an article on 5ksdk.com  yesterday about a boat sinking on  Sunday evening on the Mississippi River. 14 people were rescued.   

Go to 5ksdk.com to read the article.

Go to Missouri State Water Patrol Release N07060034 for more info.

Body of Barge Worker Pulled From Mississippi River... Last Thursday....... There was an article on 4KMOV.com about a barge worker that was pulled from the Mississippi River last Thursday morning.......Investigators are looking into the death..  

Go to 4KMOV.com to read the article.

Captain Jacks....... Is now closed on Tuesday's

Lewis Boat (formerly Lewis Engines ) ------ Will be at the In-Water Boat Sale at Polestar Marina this coming weekend.....June 3rd and 4th.  Lewis Boat will have  Boston Whalers on display and Greg Lewis invites everyone to attend.

Click Here for more info.

 

 

  Tuesday.... May  30,  2006

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Our River Picture of The Day  ......  is an  Iowa Beach sunset taken last Thursday evening by  Larry Sansone of  MarineMax - Port Arrowhead

Last Year's River Picture On This Day ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

  It was a picture of a   paddle wheeler  in  Dardenne Slough.

Two Rivers Marina --Your River Get-Away------Is our featured River Business of the week.  

Two Rivers Marina is a 200+ slip facility located on the Mississippi River across the U. S. Highway 54 bridge from Louisiana, Missouri. We are a convenient overnight trip from all St. Louis marinas to the south, and Keokuk or Quincy to the north .  

Scroll down.... or......Click Here for more info.

Rivers Offer Dozens of Playgrounds....... Larry Sansone of  MarineMax - Port Arrowhead e-mailed me an article from Sunday's on-line Post Dispatch about our river.  Go to StLtoday.com to read the artilce.

Lost ------ Lost, 5' x 2' Sun Cover pad for Carver Mariner.  Lost Wed 5/24 from bow of boat in Two Branch Marina.  Last seen floating in marina.  Please. Email Mike at voyagerb12@hotmail.com 

Mercruiser  Alpha Outdrive stolen .......  Mercruiser Alpha Outdrive was stolen right off boat at river home located by Winfield Lock & Dam #25 on Mississippi River during the period of May 21st thru May 25th.  If anybody has any information regarding this theft, we would greatly appreciate you letting us know via email, eszini@aol.com.

MarineMax -  Port Arrowhead ------ Will be at the In-Water Boat Sale at Polestar Marina this coming weekend.....June 3rd and 4th.  

Click Here for more info.

MarineMax Holds Unique Boating Class for Women

Women on Water® Class Helps Women Take Safely to the Sea

WHO:              Women of St. Louis Area

Maybe it’s the mermaids fault.  For centuries women were not welcome on most ships, in part because of seamen’s superstitions.  Today, more women are involved in boating than ever before, but many still leave the piloting of a boat to men. 

WHAT:            Women on Water (W.O.W.) Class

MarineMax, the nation’s largest boating and yacht retailer, is doing its part to help women take safely to the sea.  The W.O.W. class is more than just a class – it’s a hands-on educational experience.  The small group seminar, for women only, is taught by St. Louis ’ own Captain JD Schmid.  It is designed to give women the knowledge and confidence necessary to pilot a boat and have a great time doing so.  In a classroom setting and then behind the wheel of a MarineMax Sea Ray, women will learn basic marine rules and how to dock a boat, tie marine knots and use a marine radio, among other things. 

                        MarineMax W.O.W. classes have been a huge hit across the country, and the class is now free and open to the public in St. Charles .  Space is limited.  To reserve your spot in the class, please call 636.946.5586.

 WHEN:            Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 WHERE:          Polestar Marina ( MarineMax Port Arrowhead)

                        6171 Highway V

                       St. Charles , MO 63301

 

 

  Monday.... May  29,  2006

Boats lined up at Hat Island on Saturday afternoon

 

Mat, Bill Jr, Vickie, Jennifer and John

 

Some of boaters at Little John's Hog Roast

 

Rail playing for the boaters at Little John's Hog Roast

Lionel, Bobby and Joe

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Our River Pictures of The Day  ......  Were taken Saturday, May 27.  From top to bottom....

  • A shot of the boats lined up on Hat Island......Only a small amount of sand to share, buts there were lots of friendly faces, good food and music.

  • Bill Jr and friends on Hat

  • Some of the folks at Little John's Hog Roast on Saturday.  Good food,  good music,  good times, race boats  and lots of boaters.  Good party John !

  • The band rail providing the entertainment Saturday afternoon (and well into the night) at Little John's.......   And of course they  closed with one of my favorites  "House of the Rising Sun".....Good job Guys .......................Some of the other bands that played  (not pictured)  were the original Rail, the Sharks and Figjam.....

RiverBill says...Had camera problems on Saturday....ended up with lots of blurry pics......Not sure if it was equipment problems or operator error.   (hah)

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

  It was a miniature   Tug Boat  entering Lake Center Marina. 

 

 

  Sunday  May  28, 2006

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of The Day  .......  are of the new deck that is under construction at Kinder's Restaurant.  The christening of the deck is scheduled for, Saturday,  June 24 th.  KSHE95 radio will be there to help with the festivities !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

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

 

 

  Saturday .... May  27,  2006

 

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Our River Picture of The Day  (Sat).......  was sent in by Captain Glenn Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.   It's a shot of   Big Dick's Halfway Inn Racing Team........Keith, Ashley and Little John..... taken at the St. Charles Boat and Motor Open House a couple of weeks ago.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day (Sat) ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   There were lots and lots of pictures on RiverBill's last year on this day......Here they all are ! 

Classic Boat ------ A very classy looking old  Chris Craft  motoring around near Winfield Dam last Sunday afternoon.   I heard that it was a 1947 1940 model.  What a neat looking boat.

A Classy Go-Fast  Boat ------ Our friends   Dale and Todd  floating down the river and enjoying the day last Sunday afternoon in Dale's 26 ft. Nova.

Smokin ------   Bill, Sue, Jack and Denise  clowning around, smokin Jack's cigars and enjoying the evening on Iowa Island last night.  

Chuck ------ Our friend   Chuck  was all smiles yesterday evening on Iowa.  Why ?    Because he was the first one and the only one that showed up for the Jamaica Daze planning meeting at the Sand Bar Restaurant on Wednesday.   The rumor is that RiverBill told Chuck the date for the meeting and then changed it.  Oops!     

Dancin As The Sun Sets ------  With a little coaching from Gary M,  Bernie  decided to dance on the food table yesterday as the sun was setting on another perfect evening.  Go girl !     And don't forget that classic cruiser in the background.

Glenn's Girls ------ Captain Glenn Sadowski, out of Woodland Marina, sent me this picture of some  River Girl wan-a-be's that he took while he was in Fort Lauderdale.

Hog Roast ---Today......Saturday, May 27 at Little John's 

Little John e-mailed us that he has; 

300 lb. of pork,  40 lb of chicken, 4 bands for live music and hopefully 2 Johnny on the spots......CLICK HERE FOR FLYER

Bring Lawn Chairs

Little John's Marine Service
47 Harbor Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 250-4187

 

Luttrell Marine  ------ has a new Featured Boat

1996    Carver  440 Aft Cabin

Priced to sell

Click Here for website

 

 

  Friday.... May  26, 2006 ~~~  IT"s MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND !

 

 

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River Pictures And E-mail of The Day........  are from Captain Maria Gearon and her crew.  Maria sent in 4 great sunset pictures from Tuesday night.....one is shown above.

 

Captain Maria wrote;

 

THESE WE'RE TAKEN TUES NIGHT. JUST BELOW HAT ISLAND. PEOPLE IN PICTURE: CARRIE BANNISTER, JOE GEARON, MARIA GEARON

 

CAPTAIN: MARIA GEARON

 

IST MATE: JOE GEARON

BOAT: 1977 22' IMP INCA 

 NAME: THIS IS IT

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was another great  aerial picture  taken by Steve Schulte.   It's of the  Clark Bridge and Mississippi River at Alton, IL.   Oh yeah, there are a few airplanes in the picture too.    

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi (above St. Louis):

68 degrees, high, muddy; flathead catfish fair on green sunfish; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/25/2006)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

61 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on natural baits; drum good on nightcrawlers. (Report made on 5/25/2006)

 

  Check out the report for the entire state

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Captain Jacks was overwhelmed by all of the unexpected business last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Sorry for any inconvenience !  

 

We appreciate your business

and

Hope to see you again this weekend

 

 

  Thursday.... May  25, 2006

 

 

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River Pictures And E-mail of The Day........  are from Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat "After You".  Darryll has a good story about boating with his dad in the swimming pool at Blue Springs Lodge many years ago..

 

Darryll wrote;

 

Growing up my dad always had a boat and we owned Blue Springs Pool in Fenton.  So, one day, probably over a few cold ones, my dad decided to put our boat in the pool.  With the help of my Uncle Buss and several of our regular customers, the motor was removed, fence taken down and the boat and motor carried into the pool where it was re-assembled!  If I recall correctly the boat was a 15' wood Delta with about a 40 horsepower Mercury.  This is the same boat I learned to drive in at Lake of the Ozarks.  Here's a couple of pics of the adventure.  In the starboard side pic I am the one standing in the pass through with my uncle driving.  In the port side pic my Dad is driving and I am the on the one in back with the paddle.  

Enjoy, Darryll

River Bill says....Thanks for the neat story& the great pictures Darryll

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of the upper decks being removed from the 125 ft long Ovation so it can fit under the low bridges on the Illinois River in Chicago.   This photo was sent in by one of the crew,  Dave Kelly.   When the boat got put back together they took it across the Great Lakes to Detroit.     For more information check the archives for the story dated 05-18-05

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Last Year On this Day the 1st Reports of a Giant Catfish Being Caught In The Mississippi River Started to Surface --------- the "paper edition" of the Alton Telegraph had an article about a man from Godfrey, named  Tim Pruitt, that caught a 124 pound blue catfish in the Mississippi River.  He hooked the fish near the confluence of the Mississippi and  Missouri using 30 pound test line.  Many reports had it as the largest blue catfish ever caught in Illinois and  "the world."   

One Less UFO (Unidentified Floating Object)---------  We received the following e-mail from Barry, who hails out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Barry identified some floating objects a person might see on the water.

 

Barry wrote:

River Bill, 

I just wanted to pass along this link so that your river friends will not be alarmed if they see one of these babies zipping by their boat!  I think I will call it one less Unidentified Floating Object (UFO).

 http://www.terrawind.com/spyder.htm

 Barry

Ft. Wayne, Indiana

 

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Sailing Dazzler - Update........Click here to go to Denny and Reggie Heisler's  website.....Sailing Dazzler.  

   Check out what our river friends are up to in the Caribbean these days as they sail from port to port on their adventure of a lifetime. 

 

 

  Wednesday.... May  24, 2006

 

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River Picture of The Day........was sent in by Carl Seidler, who hails out of Grafton Harbor.........Its a shot of  Ma and Pa Goose taking the little ones for a walk to show them the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of Ernie, Sue and Sandy  on Iowa Island last Sunday enjoying the afternoon.    Looks almost tropical with the thatched  tiki umbrella in the background.

Additional Water Flows Through Missouri - No Sign of Flooding ------ 

According to a news story on 5kedk.com a couple of days ago..... water from the upstream dams on the Missouri River (the spring rise) has passed through Kansas City with no flooding problems. The release was intended to trigger spawning of the pallid sturgeon.    For more info go to the 5ksdk.com

Captain Jacks was overwhelmed by all of the unexpected business last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Sorry for any inconvenience !  

 

We appreciate your business

and

Hope to see you again this weekend

Added Links to Illinois and Missouri  Fishing Laws ------ in the left hand column for your reference.......  Check them out.

Drag Boat Races  ------Captain Darryll sent us the following e-mail about the drag boat races last weekend in Poplar Bluff, Mo..   

 

Darryll wrote: 

May 19th, 20th & 21st, 2006 we went to the 18th Annual Budweiser Drag Boat Nationals at Lake Wappapello-Poplar Bluff, Mo with Big Dick's Halfway Inn Motorsports Drag Boat Team and Little John's Marine Service.  We were running four boats altogether.  A Pro Mod called "Dick Tater", a Top Eliminator called "Kwitchabitchin", a Modified Eliminator called "One Xtreme Ride" and a waverunner called "Daddy's Little Girl".  Maureen and I went along to help with the T Shirt sales and took care of the cooking for the crew during the weekend.  Little John used my Explorer as tow vehicle for his boat "Kwitchabitchin" as we had to take his truck in to get some exhaust work done.

Friday we got all set up in the pits and did some tuning and testing.  Saturday during qualifying we cracked a head on "Kwitchabitchin" after turning in some pretty decent runs.  This left it up to "Dick Tater" and "One Xtreme Ride" to shoot for wins.  "Daddy's Little Girl" made some exhibition passes as there weren't enough waverunners to make up a class.  During Sunday's elimination runs "One Xtreme Ride" had a starter switch fail at the line and had to be towed in.  Had it just started and made it past the start line it would have won because the boat in the other lane redlighted.  "Dick Tater" won it's first round and then blew a blower belt in the finals after Brutus had hole shot the other boat and was well ahead at half course.  So Brutus and "Dick Tater" wound up with a 2nd Place trophy.  The T Shirt sales went well so all in all a pretty good weekend.  Check out the pictures at:

Drag Boat Races, Poplar Bluff 2006

Enjoy, Darryll

 

 

 

 

  Tuesday.... May  23, 2006

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is of Kathleen Tackett and Eric Williams wedding at Sharky's on Saturday, May 20, 2006 at sunset.

 

Congratulations 

Kathleen and Eric Wiliams

 

For more pictures Click Here.

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Jan Williams and Mary Tiemann for the pictures

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of some of the  river crew  on the sundeck at Cedar Hill Resort.   The light breeze and sunny skies made it a fine place to have some lunch and watch the river flow.   I got to visit with some long time river friends while we were there and I also got to meet some new ones. 

Despite Controversy.....Work Progresses On Clarksville Skylift  ------ 

According to an article in the on-line Quincy Herald, work is progressing on the Clarksville Skylift even the Fox and Sac Nations of Oklahoma are trying to halt the project.  For more info go to the on-line Quincy Herald-Whig

 

 

  Monday.... May  22, 2006

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is from Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride".   he snapped this picture back in April of the kids and a neat looking tree on Iowa island with a twisted trunk.

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail;

 

 

Bill,

     A cool tree we found while we were hiking around back in the woods on Iowa Island.  Pictured L to R is 1st mate's daughter Coleen, my daughter Laura, and son Michael.

 

Robert Cope

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Robert .....keep them pictures coming !

Does anyone know what causes a tree to grow like this ?

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   he picture on this day last year was of  an awesome sunset sent in by Ron and Darlene Skeen of Two Branch Marina.  They snapped this picture one evening from just below Hat Island.  Look at those colors !  Hat is at approximately  the UMR 235 mile marker.  Thanks for sharing your sunset with us Ron and Darlene...

 

 

  Sunday.... May  21, 2006........It's National Safe Boating Week

 

River Picture of The Day.........is named "Painted Snag".....Looks like someone got out the can of reflective spray paint and painted the tip of this 

log that stuck near the path of the Grafton Ferry.  Click here for a shot from the deck of the ferry barge that puts it in better prospective..

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of  Dennis, Sue & Friends at a   Thursday Night Party at Iowa Island. Dennis Carroll is all smiles (center),  along with his wife, Sue, and friends.   

 Boat House For Sale 

 

 

Call 618 - 786-2138

For more information click here

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 20 - 26

Click here for a link to the National Safe Boating Council's website.

 

 Click here for The Missouri State Water Patrol's News Release on "National Safe Boating Week

 

 

  Saturday.... May  20, 2006.........It's National Safe Boating Week

 

 

 

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Pictures of the Day.......were provided by Patrolman Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol.  I thought they were an appropriate way to remind everyone it's the start of National Safe Boating Week !

Click here for The Missouri State Water Patrol's News Release on "National Safe Boating Week"

 

RiverBill says......Enjoy the water ....And.... please boat safely !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

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

 

National Safe Boating Week 

May 20 - 26

National Safe Boating Week May 20 - 26 ------  National Safe Boating Week is May 20 - 26, 2006. The emphasis of this designated week is to make the boating public aware of the dangers of ignoring safe boating practices. Education and personal responsibility are the first steps to becoming a safe boater.

 

Click here for a link to the National Safe Boating Council's website.

 

 

 

  Friday.... May  19, 2006........WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND

 

 

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is  a pic of the church on top of the bluffs at Principia Collage taken back in April by  Robert "Slow Ride" Cope.

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail:

 Bill,

    The church at Principia. one of my favorite sites.  So far I've got the same pic in 3 seasons, I just need to get out there when there is snow on the ground to have a full set !

 

Robert Cope

 

 

RiverBill says......Thanks for the picture Robert .....We will showcase the whole set when you get them all.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

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

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

The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to train for the following positions;

 Instructor,  Publications,  Water Operations,  Vessel Examiner

For more information click here

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  Check it out !

 

 Click here and scroll down to ;

Mississippi (above St. Louis)

               and

Missouri River (below New Haven)

 

 

  Thursday.... May  18, 2006

 

 

 

 

 

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River Pictures of The Day.........are of a couple of eating and drinking establishments in Grafton IL, near the new Grafton Harbor.  Actually these two places are within easy walking distance.  The Piasa Winery is pictured at the top and the Piasa Pub right below it.  Both have outside dining and a good view of the Illinois River and new marina.  Pictured is the view from the deck at the Piasa pub.

 

RiverBill says......Take a boat ride to Grafton, moor your boat at the new marina and check them out.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of a 125 ft. Ovation  that was in the  Alton Pool then.    This grand looking vessel is being piloted by Captain Greg Sadowski and crew  from La Crosse, Wisconsin to Detroit, Michigan.  The first leg of this journey is down the Mississippi River from La Crosse to St. Louis and then up the Illinois River through Chicago and on to Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   

The History of the Kingdom of Calhoun  ------ I was "trolling" around on the internet and happened to run on to a bit of history about Calhoun County, IL that was published by Infobahn Outfitters, Inc..   

Calhoun County....you know where it's at......... home to Kinder's Restaurant, Cedar Hill Resort, the towns of Golden Eagle, Brussels, Hardin, etc.   It's a peninsula of land that is almost an island in the middle of two great rivers, the mighty Mississippi on the west, the Illinois River on the east with the confluence of the two at it's southern most point. ( map )     It originally was part of a military tract in Illinois that was set aside as "bounty lands" for the veterans of the war of 1812.

  The county is named for John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850).  He was a lawyer, a statesman and champion of southern rights.   Click here to read more about Calhoun County.

 

 

 

  Wednesday.... May  17, 2006

 

 

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is of River Dawg "Suzi" owned by Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride.  Robert wrote that she's the one that catches the Frisbie, ball, or stick as long as someone will throw it.

 

   Suzie's picture has been added to the River Dawg page.  Take a look at our collection of River Dawgs....Click here

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of   Two Branch Rocky.   Ron Skeen snapped this picture  of a raccoon in action about 3:00 AM in the morning at Two Branch Harbor.  Looks like the bandit was sitting on Ron and Darlene's  boat-dock-kitchen-counter..... having a feast on some left over cake.    Thanks for the sharing the picture Ron & Darlene

More about Locks and Dams of the Mississippi River------  For a bit more history on the Mississippi River, an explanation about how a lock works, info on towboats and river cargo  click here and to go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website and take an informative tour of Lock and Dam 15.  

 

  A link to this info has been added under "Locks & Dams" in the left column of this page.

 

 

  Tuesday.... May  16, 2006

 

 

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is another "Award Winning" river sunset by   from Ken & Teri Pfieffer.  Like the first they sent us, this one is almost beyond words too. 

 

  This picture was taken from their deck on the bluffs just above the Piasa Bird.

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Ken & Teri........keep them coming !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of  the "Girls On The Beach In Heels".  The weather was cool and the wind was blowing.  It was enough to make an normal woman stay home, but the "River Girls" came through for the 1st annual High Heel Beach Day with flying colors !   The event was created and and sponsored by Mike D and Gary Meinershagen.  And as you can see, the River Girls are all smiles and having a good time showing off their heels.     For more pictures click here.

Some History on the Locks and Dams on the Mississippi River  ------ During the 1930's the United States Corps of Engineers built 24 locks and dams on the Mississippi River between St. Louis, Missouri and Red Wing, Minnesota.  It was a great achievement.......to read more about the history of the river and the lock and dam system click here.

  This article has been added to the links in the left hand column under "Locks And Dams". 

  Monday.... May  15, 2006

 

 

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is named "River Mail".   Sometimes a person just don't pay attention to their surroundings !..........Have you ever noticed the mailbox on the ferry landing of the Golden Eagle Ferry ?  I just noticed it a few weeks ago.

   This one is on the Missouri side of the river, but there is one on both landings.   The deck hand on the ferry told me it had something to do with recording the number of vehicles on crossing the river, but she wasn't sure.    

...Look close and you can see Kinder's and the Golden Eagle Ferry across the river.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was of the Jimmy Manno band at the Sand Bar Restaurant with   Marty  helping out (?) on the keyboards.  "Rock On"  guys !

Did you Know ?

   U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Levels  ------   also known by the acronym MARSEC is a three level system of Maritime Security within the Department of Homeland Security.   

   MARSEC levels are set to reflect the prevailing threat environment to the marine elements of the national transportation system, including ports, vessels, facilities, and critical assets and infrastructure located on or adjacent to waters subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S.

   For more info click here.

 

 

  Sunday.. May  14, 2006.....  Welcome to the Weekend

Pictures From

OPEN HOUSE AT JOHN's BOAT HARBOR

Lehman Conely of Fiberglass by Lehman 

 

 

Dewayne & Shane of D&L Boat & RV Repair

Can't read the sign ?  It's 636-970-BOAT 

 

 

Erin & Jim of   "What's Up On The River"

 

Bill & Patrolman Lou Amighetti of the Missouri State Water Patrol

 

John Tolliver & Bill

 

 

Debbie House & Glenna Tolliver 

 

 

Debbie House Giving away Door Prizes

 

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River Pictures of The Day.........are from the "Open House" at John's Boat Harbor yesterday.  There was a real good turn out despite the weather.....Food, Music, Door Prizes and River Friends.

 

Good Luck to Jeff and Debbie House......the new owners

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was an s photo taken by Captian Greg Sadowski of some   white pelicans  against a very blue sky.  Greg took this picture from the  96 ft Skipperliner named the Royal Princess II that he was piloting down the Mississippi River  to Corpus Christie, Texas last year.

 

 

  Saturday.. May  13, 2006.....  Welcome to the Weekend

 

 

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is another river shot by  Steve Schulte.  It's  a towboat with barges strapped to both sides that is getting ready to veer to the starboard side and head towards the next buoy on it's slow moving river journey. 

  By the shape of the buoys...I'd say it's heading up-river.

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Steve .....keep them pictures coming !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was an aerial shot, taken by Steve Schulte,  of the towboat Kelly Rae Erickson moving some heavy equipment for Andrie, Inc down the Illinois River..  The equipment was headed to a job site somewhere up the Mississippi River.   

 

 

  Friday.... May  12, 2006.....  Welcome to the Weekend

 

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River Picture of The Day.........is a river side shot of the new Grafton Harbor taken a few weeks ago by Steve Schulte.

 

RiverBill says......Thanks Steve ! 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   

   The picture on this day last year was a view looking up  the slough that runs past Heartland Marina  yesterday afternoon.   This slough and the island that separates this body of water  from the Dardenne Slough  is not named on my map, but I can tell you that it is located at approximately the UMR 223.4 mile marker.  

National Safe Boating Week May 20 - 26 ------  National Safe Boating Week is May 20 - 26, 2006. The emphasis of this designated week is to make the boating public aware of the dangers of ignoring safe boating practices. Education and personal responsibility are the first steps to becoming a safe boater.

 

 Click here for The Missouri State Water Patrol's News Release on "National Safe Boating Week"

Under 21 & Kids....Now Welcome at Capt'n Jack's  

The Under 21 Crowd is Now  Welcome 

Everyday until 7 PM at Capt'n Jack's. 

 

 ~~~~ Game Room for the kids is coming soon ~~~~~

 

Check out the New Menu

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi (above St. Louis):

68 degrees, falling, muddy; channel catfish and drum good on nightcrawlers; flathead catfish fair on live baits; crappie fair on minnows and jigs; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/11/2006)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

60 degrees, high, dingy; channel catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair. (Report made on 5/11/2006)

 

  Check out the report for the entire state

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

www.altonpool.blogspot.com .........  Received the following e-mail from Cameron Imming....And added our first Boater's Blog under "Boater Websites / Blogs" in the left hand column.

 

Bill,

 If you are interested, I thought I'd join the "blog craze" and keep track of my adventures this summer at www.altonpool.blogspot.com.  I thought I'd submit it for the Boater's Websites (section).

As usual, thanks again for the great site, great information, and helping pass my hour lunch break everyday.

Cameron T Imming

 

~~~ Welcome Aboard Cameron ~~~~

 

 

 

 

  Thursday.... May  11, 2006.....  

 

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River Pictures and E-mail of The Day.........is from Teresa Dorlac.  She sent us an e-mail and a picture her two River Dawgs..........Madison & Mercedes.

 

Teresa wrote in her e-mail;

   

Bill:

 "Life is Good" for these two River Dawgs. 

 

 Please meet Madison & Mercedes (4 & 6 year old Pomeranians) as they dine on the swim platform of their parents' new 340 Sea Ray Sundancer, while anchored out in the Mississippi River. 

 

Parents:  Paul & Teresa Dorlac

Boat:       The J-Crew 

 

This picture was taken by our Sea Ray Cruise friend, Barb Keeley of "Whatever". 

 

These two won't have to worry about being ticketed by the Water Patrol.

 

Teresa Dorlac

 

 

 ~~~Last Year's Picture of the Day ~~~

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?   ( I decided to redisplay this one because it's so good.)

   The picture on this day last year was an  "Award Winning" photo of the Clark Bridge  taken by Pat Reid.   He snapped this picture just as the morning sun was starting to peek out from behind the clouds, creating a beautiful orange and red glow in the sky and reddish reflections on the surface of the water of the Mississippi River.     Above the sun and the silhouette of the bridge is a flock of geese flying by.  What a photo !   Check out Pat's website http://www.crystal-photo.net.     

River Dawgs  ------ Added the River Dawg "Cato" to the River Dawg Page.

     

Cedar Hill Installs Playground for Boater Kids ---------- Bring the whole family to Cedar Hill and let the kids play on the new playground while you enjoy a meal and a drink on the Sun Deck.  Stop by and Check It Out !

     

 Boat House For Sale 

 

 

Call 618 - 786-2138

For more information click here

 

Under 21 & Kids....Now Welcome at Capt'n Jack's  

The Under 21Crowd is Now  Welcome 

Monday through  Sunday until 8 PM at Capt'n Jack's. 

 

After 8 PM it's    "An Over 21 Club".

 

 ~~~~ Game Room for the kids is coming soon ~~~~~

 

Check out the New Menu

 

 

  Wednesday.... May  10, 2006     

 

 

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River Pictures and E-mail of The Day.........are of  River Dawg "Cato" and Cameron and Amy  Imming's new boat.

 

Cameron and Amy wrote in their e-mail;

Bill,

    I just wanted to say I look forward to checking the site everyday for my lunch break.  Thanks for the daily dose of aquatic life to keep satisfied until I can launch again. This April my wife and I decided to celebrate our one-year Anniversary by trading in the old boat  for something more accommodating  (photo) when bringing out friends as well as children someday. We only had a two-day window to go pick it up (located in MI) or we would have had to wait until after Memorial Day.   We left Saint Louis at 9PM Wednesday and drove straight through to pick up the new girl.  We were back home and on the water by noon Friday.  Our inaugural river cruise proved to us we made the right decision and look forward to many years on the Alton Pool.

    I allowed the wife to name the boat and she appropriately picked "Storm Point."  It has many meanings.  First, I proposed to my wife in Yellowstone (on Memorial Day weekend) on a rock ledge named Storm Point (photo), overlooking Yellowstone Lake.  Secondly, we have been known to have a tiff or two on who gets to drive or who is pulling who bad on the wakeboards. And lastly, I tend to get very hot headed when told I have to attend weddings or any other family function between Memorial Day and Labor Day, unless of course its at the river, a lake, or pool big enough for a boat. Or I guess if it’s raining or a freak summer freezes.  There's just too little time to not be boating.

  Lastly, our river dog "Cato" (photo) really digs the new ride and loves his new view.  I also wanted to send along a picture of two great friends and their dogs. Todd & Colleen with their dogs Lucky and Nitro just joined the nautical club this year with a new boat purchase as well.

Thanks for the great site Bill!

Cameron & Amy Imming

RiverBill Says........Good luck with your new purchase,  make sure to take care of that river dawg and hope to see ya on the river.

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was an aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte  .  This one shows Cedar Hill as it would look from the air while flying directly over the river....while....heading up-river.

 

 2006 Tournament and Draw Boat Winners

 

Cops for Kids Buddy Bass Tournament  ------ The Missouri Water Patrol Association sent us an e-mail and pictures from their  "2nd Annual Cops For Kids Buddy Bass Tournament" held May 2nd on Table Rock Lake.

 

The Missouri Water Patrol Association Release is as follows:

 On 5/02/2006, the Missouri Water Patrol Association held its 2nd.Annual Cops for Kids Buddy Bass Tournament.  The tournament was held at Table Rock Lake.  The tournament drew 171 boats, participants from 11 different states, & 76 different agencies consisting of Federal, State, County, and Local officers.  The tournament raised $6800 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The 3rd Annual Cops for Kids Tournament will be held on May 1st, 2007 at the Port of Kimberling on Table Rock lake.  Information about this event can be obtained at the following website: www.missouriwaterpatrolassociation.com.  (Pictured: Steve Crain and Danny Loveland of Cassville, Missouri, Tournament and draw boat winners.)

 

RiverBill says......It's not the river, but it is our Missouri Water Patrol putting on a fishing tournament for a good cause.   Keep up the good work guys !

Luttrell Marine's  Featured Boat 

   1995 Sea Ray 

   400 Express 

   New Price 

   Click here for more information   

 

 

  Tuesday.... May  09, 2006     

 

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River Picture of The Day.........   Is a sunset at Hide Away Harbor sent to us by Thomas Hilbert.  In this picture the sun is already below the tree line and is just about ready to set for the day.. It sure makes an interesting looking sky.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the picture Tom !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year an aerial shot of Cedar Hill Resort  taken by Steve Schulte. 

A Blast From the Past  ------ What was the name of the Boat Dealer on St Charles Rock Road where Hill Top Nursery was in the "now" K-Mart area just east of the Shell filling station ?  (yesterday's story)  

 

   I thought about it all day and couldn't remember the name of the place, but PopDorn remembered and wrote the following e-mail to us:

 

  Bill,

   I remember the name of the boat store on St Charles Rock Rd where the WhiteHouse boat was purchased, My mind is slowing down so it took a little time, The name of the store was called Hill Top Boats and Motors. I'm pretty sure this is right. 

Lloyd, AKA POPDORN, Ricks Dad.

MSWP Spring Safety Tips -------  Patrolman Lou Amighetti, of the Missouri State Water Patrol, emailed me a link to a MSWP News Release containing "Spring Safety Tips".    .

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Click here and take a minute to read them over.  It could save you from having problems out on the water ...And.... it may even save your life..

Con Trios Yacht Club's Website ------ has been been updated with:

  •  Darryll Weil's pictures from the Spring Ice Breaker and the Past Commodores Party.  

  • The April Newsletter  and a history file of old newsletters.

Click here or on  the link on the left hand column and take a look.

Blessing of the Fleet  - Sunday July 16th ------ has been added to RiverBill's Upcoming Events Page

 

 

  Monday.... May  08, 2006     

 

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River Picture of The Day......... is of  the Past Commodores of the Con Trios Yacht Club at the party they put on for the membership at Aeries Winery, in Grafton, last Saturday.      A big thanks to each and every one of you from everyone in attendance !    Great Job !

   Captain Darryll Weil, who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat "After You", sent us an e-mail with a link to pictures from the party on his website .....CaptainWeil.com. 

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail;

 

Every year the Past Commodores of the Con Trios Yacht Club put on a party where they do all the work. This year it was held at the Aries Winery in Grafton Illinois. Over 160 people attended and enjoyed great food and a great time. Thanks to the Past Commodores for a fun party!

 

Enjoy,

Darryll

 

Click here to see Darryll's pictures.

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the great pictures Darryll !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of Darlene and Ron Skeen's son,  Johnny , who stopped by the dock at Two Branch Marina to "Show Off"  before the Junior Prom.   Johnny attends Orchard Farm High School and the Prom was at Beefeaters Restaurant in St Charles. ~ ~ ~ ~  Only  "Real River Rats"  would understand why a teenager would stop at the boat dock before heading for the Prom.   Way to go Johnny !

Added New Section---Boater's Websites  ------ in the left hand column......And.... the first website in the new section is CaptainWeil.com.  It belongs to Darryll Weil who hails out of Woodland marina in the boat, "After You."   

 

~~ Welcome Aboard Darryll ~~

 

If you want to list your personal boat related website on RiverBill's.com

 just send me an e-mail

A Blast From the Past  ------ Rick Dorn e-mailed us a picture from the past.  Rick is the little guy in the center getting a drink.

 

Rick wrote in his e-mail;

 

River Bill,

   My wife has been going thru some old family photos and scanning them to the computer.  We have found many pictures of the river rats back in  the late 50's and early 60's. Here is one that I'd like to share. I'm guessing that it was taken from what I think is the lower, down stream end of Royal landing. Iowa island is top center of pic? Taken summer of 1961, me center (Milwaukee's Best?) Mom right, Grandpa left.

Rick & Sharrie Y.C.S.L

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 RiverBill e-mailed Rick  back asking for some more info on the picture, such as what kind of boat was in the background and anything else he could tell us.  Looks like PopDorn emailed the following info to Rick about the picture and boat. 

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PopDorn Wrote:

  Ok, the guy giving you a drink of beer was Al Buckles, that was his boat in the back ground, it was a 18 or 20 foot  and it was a called A Whitehouse hull with a 75 Hp Scott Mcullock like the one we have. That picture had to be taken about 1961 with your Mom, grandpa and grandma, The boat was Fiberglass and had a small cabin and could sleep 2 people. It was bought on St Charles Rock Road at a boat store where a nursery was in the now K-Mart area just east of the Shell filling station on the south side. Give me some time and I may remember the name of the boat store. I bought our Scott there also

 

 RiverBill says....A big thanks to Rick & Sharrie Dorn and Pop Dorn  for sharing the picture and memories with us !

Does anyone remember the name of the boat dealer  PopDorn is talking about ? 

FiberGlassics.com Website  ------ Rick Dorn e-mailed us some interesting info on Whitehouse Boats and others from the 50's and 60's..  I added it to our links in the left hand column.  Take a look.

 

 Rick wrote in his e-mail: 

River Bill,

   I found some info on Whitehouse Boats and many others from the 50's and 60's era. Thought you might like it and maybe pass this site on to the rest of your river friends.

Thanks for your time and great website you provide. www.fiberglassics.com

Rick

 

 

  Sunday.... May  07, 2006      Updated 10:30 AM Sun

 

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River Picture of The Day......... is named "Never Know Who You Will Meet On The Grafton Ferry".  It's a picture of some motorcycle riders crossing the Grafton Ferry with some Con Trios Yacht Club members.  

 

Mix them together and what do you have ? 

 

Instant friends

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of    Jeanie, Chloe (18 months) and Amanda  of Kinder's fame...... Three generations of river girls.    

Long Shot Salon in Portage Des Sioux  ......Dinner Specials....636-899-1104

Swordfish, Salad, Baked Potato..........$19.95

Fried Grouper....................................$10.95

Fresh Mih Mih Dolphin.......................$10.95

The Sharks---Rocking Sharky's Sat Night  ------ The Shark's were playing Sharky's floating restaurant Saturday night......And  I have to commend them on their rendition of ...."House Of The Rising Sun"...It's great..   Make sure you request them to play it next time you are there.  

Catch 22 at Capt'n Jack's on Sat Night  ------ Catch 22 was playing the tunes at Capt'n Jack's on Saturday night.   They had everyone up and dancing.  

 

 

 Saturday .... May 06 2006      

 

Another River Picture of The Day ......... is from Betty Bannister.  It's a few pictures from the Cinco De Mayo party at the Grafton Harbor on Friday.

 

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Betty 

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Our River Picture and E-mail of The Day (Sat)......... is from Ken & Teri Pfieffer.  Look at this fantastic sunset !       It's almost beyond words.......And......it's just one of three that they sent.

   Ken wrote in his e-mail;

River Bill,

...Here's some sunsets taken from our deck on the bluffs just above the Piasa Bird.    From Ken & Teri                      

Boat Name:  Ships & Salsa

Cruisin Ken

  

RiverBill says....Thanks for the pictures Ken & Teri........You guys must have on heck of a view !     

 

Look for more fantastic sunset pictures form Ken and Teri soon ! 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of some of the   River Girls  and some of the   River Krewe    celebrating  Cinco De Mayo a day late on Iowa Beach.

Long Shot Salon in Portage Des Sioux  ......Dinner Specials....636-899-1104

Swordfish, Salad, Baked Potato..........$19.95

Fried Grouper....................................$10.95

Fresh Mih Mih Dolphin.......................$10.95

Con Trios Yacht Club's Past Commodores Party  .........is today.....Saturday, May 6th,  at Aeries Riverview Winery in Grafton, IL.   The party begins at 2 p.m.   

For more information Click Here   or go to the Con Trios website for more info

 

First Alton Block Party of the Year ......... is today... Saturday May 6.  They will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Saturday from 4 PM until 11PM.  For more info go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph.

Check out the New Pictures Of Capt,n Jacks ......... Click here or on the link on the right for pictures of Capt'n Jack's new deck and tiki bar.

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  Added our newest River Girls, Reggie and  Shelley.  to the   Girls Of Alton Lake Page ....Take a look !

 

Welcome Aboard This River Boat 

 

 

 Friday..... May 05, 2006       Happy Cinco De Mayo !

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Our River Picture and E-mail of The Day......... is named "Designated Driver"   sent in by Sherri Stanczak.  

 

   She wrote in her e-mail;

Hi Bill,,

Here are so more pictures for you.   This weekend we captured some people who abide by the "designated driver" laws.  These people were at Captain Jack's having a great time !

 

Sherri

  

RiverBill says....Hey, I know those guys !  They are on the River Chariot .... and that's .... B...Oh...B  (Bob) driving the tractor.  I heard they were out and about on Sunday.  They actually went  through the river bottoms all the way from  Eagles Landing Marina to Woodland and then on to Capt'n Jacks for lunch.  They said they had a blast.....And lots and lots of mud.......Thanks for the picture Sherri.   

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was......Oh buoy ! ..... Happy Cinco De Mayo  to everyone.   

Con Trios Yacht Club's Past Commodores Party  .........Saturday, May 6th  at Aeries Riverview Winery in Grafton, IL.   The party begins at 2 p.m.   

For more information Click Here   or go to the Con Trios website for more info

 

New Play Ground at Cedar Hill  ......... Dave Ash, of Cedar Hill fame, told me that they have a new play ground installed for the kids...........Check it out. 

Grafton Harbor  ......... Cinco De Mayo celebration on May 5th..  Mexican Music, Mexican Food and Mexican Drinks. Guests are encouraged to attend in costume. Music 7 pm until Midnight.  Go to www.graftonharbor.net   for more info. 

First Alton Block Party of the Year ......... is taking place  on Saturday May 6.  They will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Saturday from 4 PM until 11PM.  For more info go to the On-Line Alton Telegraph.

The " Girls of Alton Lake" ----  We have some of the best women in the world boating on Alton Lake and  ... Shelley.... is definitely one of them.    

  Here she is exploring a duck blind  on the river,  and......  looking gorgeous ! 

Fishing Report  ------ The Missouri Department of Conservation has issued this week's Fishing Report.  

Mississippi (above St. Louis):

61 degrees, high, muddy; all species slow. (Report made on 5/4/2006)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

60 degrees, rising, muddy; channel catfish slow with some success on shad and other natural baits; all other species slow. (Report made on 5/4/2006)

 

  Check out the report for the entire state

.................go to  http://www.mdc.mo.gov/fish/fishrt/

Correction...It's Pretty Woman ...not  ...Pretty Lady......... Pretty Woman is the correct name of the cruiser in yesterday's pic of the day.  The owner is Charlie Wickenhauser, the Manager of Grafton Harbor

~~~ Sorry about the error Charlie ~~~~

 

 

 Thursday..... May 04, 2006 

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Our River Picture of The Day......... is from Kelly Ross, who hails out of Grafton Harbor in the boat Pretty Woman.  They took a cruise up the Illinois River to Hardin on Saturday the 29th of April and snapped this picture of the bridge that crosses the river there..  

    This is the bridge that raises straight up and down for tows and other large vessels traveling the Illinois River.  The pulleys and counter weights are clearly visible in the towers that are located on each side of the span that raises and lowers. 

  

RiverBill says....Good Picture Kelley.  Kelley is a newcomer to RiverBills.com according to the e-mail. 

 ~~~~~WELCOME ABOARD ~~~~~

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of the  Royal Princess II in Morgan City, La.  Captain Greg Sadowski sent it to me from his laptop over a cell phone.      Tom, Dave and  Greg said in their e-mail last year that they bought some fresh shrimp from one of the boats for $2.50 / lb. !    

Luttrell Marine's  Featured Boat 

  1995 Sea Ray 

  400 Express 

 

  Click here for more information   

One of Our Very Own River Girls ......... Reggie Heisler looking all pretty on the beach in the Caribbean.    

  We have an update on the travels of Denny and Reggie Heisler and friend Kay from the sailboat Dazzler down in the Caribbean.

   Click here to go to the www.SailingDazzler website...And check it out !  

 

 

 Wednesday.... May 03, 2006 

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Our River Picture and E-mail of The Day......... Are from John Bicknese of Little John's Marine Service.  The picture is of the motor in one of Big Dicks Halfway Inn Racing team's boats.  Wow !

   

John wrote:

 

Bill,

     We had a safe, but long trip to Waco Texas. The weekend was kind of a mouse hunt to get all the bugs out of four boats.  We did end up with a very respectable show for our first race.

The   DICTATOR 

   Pro Mod boat took 3rd place

The KWITCHABITCHEN

   Top Eliminator boat, put on a respectable show  for the first time out on a new boat, and new motor.

The EXTREME RIDE

   Was number one qualifier in its class

DADDYS LITTLE GIRL

   Our wave runner Piloted by Ashly Ruf took about 4th, or 5th in its class. It was Ashley’s first trip on a racetrack.  Although she was not in the top of her class, she made some racers with ten years experience very nervous.

 

   At least two of our boats, and Keith Ruf’s new hauler, will be on display at St. Charles Boat And Motor for their open house this weekend,  May 6th and 7th.

 

                                        Little John  

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of a  blue sunset   as seen looking up-river from the Winfield Dam with one lonely  towboat pushing two barges up river to destinations unknown.  This picture is from the Winfield Dam live Cam.

NCGA, River Supporters Push for Passage of Water Resources Development Act......... The National Corn Growers Association , the Midwest Area River Coalition 2000, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners , the American Land Conservancy and key Senators from states along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers gathered in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to urge Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to schedule a vote for Water Resources Development Act.  Frist is blocking a Senate vote on the bill that would update the existing lock and dam system on the upper Mississippi river...    Go to Grainnet.com for the complete story. 

Higher Boat Fees.........  The Missouri House has passed legislation to increase cost of registering a boat in the state.  A 16 ft boat registration will increase from $10 to $ 25....And ..a 40 ft boat would change from $40  to 150.    Go to STLtoday.com for the complete story. 

Missouri River Spring rise will proceed........The Army Corps of Engineers declared that it will proceed with the first spring rise of the water level in the Missouri River according to an article in the On-line Post Dispatch. The water release from the reservoirs up north is intended to benefit wildlife. Go to STLtoday.com for the complete story. 

April's Visitor Stats are in.......The April numbers are about the same as they were in March, but more than double that of April 2005  (11,254 ).

 ~ March..........24,082 

 ~ April............23,472.  

 

Click here or on the link at the bottom of the left hand column on this page to view the current visitor stats chart.

 

THANKS  EVERYONE !

FOR MAKING RIVERBILLS.COM  PART OF YOUR DAY

 

 

 Tuesday.... May 02, 2006 

Our River Picture and E-mail of The Day......... Are from Melinda Larouer.  It's another River Dawg...This one is named "Chloe".

 

Melinda wrote:

This is my parents "River Dawg".

Owners: Tom, Glenda and Phillip Hoth

Dog Name: Chloe

Boats Name: Small Boat - H2O HO

                     Big Boat - H2O Therapy

 

Woodland Marina

 

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of   two geese   taking to flight on the Illinois River.  Looks like they are trying to run on top of the water as well as become airborne. This picture was taken by Captain Glenn Sadowski who hails out of Woodland Marina on the boat "High Life".  

Missouri's Blue Catfish .........   I heard a "sandbar rumor" about a 60 lb blue catfish that was supposedly caught at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers recently.  When I was searching the internet for information, I ran across an article in  The Memphis Edge   that the fisherman among us might be interested in.   It's an article about how Missouri is protecting it's blue catfish by reducing the daily limit to 5...... (It was 10).  

   The Missouri Department Of Conservation has that information about the change in the law on their website.   Go to MDC.online for complete info.

Missouri's 2006 Fish Prospects  .........   If your a fisherman, check this  out. Go to http://mdc.mo.gov/fish/prospects/ and scroll down to the Mississippi River (middle) St. Louis Region for a Missouri Department Of Conservation report on  fishing prospects for the Mississippi River. 

Boat People .........   There was an article in Sunday's St. Louis Post Dispatch titled "Boat People".  It's an article about  Dan Owens and his Boat Photo Museum that is located in Maryville, Mo.  It consists of about 40,000 photos of inland waterway boats.....mostly towboats.     Dan's website is http://boatphotos.home.mindspring.com/welcome.html

  

Go to STLtoday.com  for the complete story.

 

RiverBill says.......Dan has requested a few pictures that I took for his collection.   He seen them on RiverBills and emailed me, asking for a copy .......So...If you have some good pictures of towboats, contact Dan, he may want a copy.

   Another good place to look at pictures of towboats is The Boat Photo Center page in LittleRiverBooks.com. Look up the towboat named "Captain Bill"....

   I took the picture because of the "name" and "styling" of the old towboat ...After posting it on RiverBills.com, they e-mailed me and ask for a copy.   

 

 

 Monday.... May 01, 2006 

   

   

Our River Pictures and E-mail of The Day......... Are from  Tehvis.  He captured some of the happenings Saturday night at Capt'n Jacks when the storm came through.  

 

Tehvis wrote:

Hi Bill.

 I'm still a novice with my camera but here are some of the pics I was able to take this weekend.  Mike finishing the roof of CJ's (Capt'n Jack's)  tiki bar just minutes before the big storm knocked over trees and power lines in the N. St. Chas area.  He did a helluva job:  trees toppled while the CJ's tiki bar roof remained intact !

Mike had CJ's power up in a few hours afterwards with the use of this portable generator

 

RiverBills says:   Thanks for the pictures and e-mail Tehvis !

Last Year's River Picture On This Day  ------ What the heck was the picture on RiverBills.com last year on this day ?    

   The picture on this day last year was of  the  Cajun Cabin   that is owned by Gary and Judy Meinershagen.  Gary and Judy hail out of  The Yacht Club of St. Louis in the boat named  "Beads Beads Beads".  You have to agree that because of the color, this place really stands out.      The cabin is located on Lehmond Island and was  built in 1959 by Gary's father and uncle.  A person can spot the cabin from the upper end of Dardenne Slough at around the UMR 227.5 mile marker.  It sets  2 or 3 houses in from the slough.   

   Lehmond Island has almost become part of the mainland these days at normal water levels, but when  the water comes up a bit, it is an island.  When the water gets to high Gary and Judy have to go in by small boat, just like they do in the  Louisiana Bayou Cajun Country ~ ~  hence~ ~ "The Cajun Cabin". 

The Cajun colors were artfully chosen by Judy 

 Good Job Judy     

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