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March 2007

 

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OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

 Fri, Sat, Sun .... 30, 31 march & 01 April  2007........

Welcome To The Weekend 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day...Sunday... is of some of the River Crew at Longshot Saloon on Saturday night.    Longshot Saloon is located on the river at Portage Des Sioux .  They are open for the season.... 636- 899 - 1104

 

Open Thurs & Fri  at ......4:00PM   

Open Sat & Sun  at...... 12:00 Noon

Happy Hour 4 -7 PM on Thurs & Fri...$1.75 Beer...$0.35 Wings

Thurs...$0.69 Tacos 7-9 PM

Appetizers, Pizzas, Burgers 

Full menu coming soon

 

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day...Saturday... are from Jan DeSherlia of Grafton Harbor fame. 

 

Jan wrote:

 

Hi Bill,

We have a slip holder that has earned the name "Bumper" here at Grafton Harbor.
He thought that he could get even with us by paying his annual slip rental in one dollar bills!

Brian and Linda are enjoying a beautiful March day in their dingy! How lucky are we to have such great weather this time of year.

Jan

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day...Friday... are from Tauni Shuck.  He sent us another flood picture.  

 

Tauni wrote:

 

Hey Bill,

    How are ya doing? I am itching for this water to start 
dropping.
Slipped off today with Johnny P of Eagles Landing for a river day and snapped this shot of the high water coming into Eagles Landing marina

Tauni

 

RiverBill says.... Thanks for the picture Tanui.....  A person can get a feel for how much the water has come up by looking at your picture.. Helps put it all in perspective.   

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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Sunday 

  The "Picture of the Day"  in 2005  was   is an aerial shot of the   Missouri River, Highway 40 bridge and a great sunset   taken by Steve Schulte 

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Saturday

  The "Picture of the Day"  in 2005  was  great view from the deck   of Aeries Riverview Winery, located high on the bluffs above Grafton, IL.

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Friday 

  The "Pictures of the Day" on this day in 2005  were a series of  6 pictures 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 a couple of summers ago 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. 

IDNR NEWS RELEASE..... CPO II Jon Davis of the IL. Conservation Police sent us some information about National Safe Boating Week, press releases on the  Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) web site, along with safety courses and boating rules and regulations.

 

RiverBill,

   Hope everyone is having a safe spring. With National Safe Boating Week coming up this May 19-25, 2007, just before the Memorial Day holiday, check out the IDNR web-site and go under the press releases section for March. 
    This will give updated information on boat safety courses. Illinois also has an on-line safety course that is offered for a small fee.   All boating related rules and regulations can be accessed by going to the IDNR homepage, click under agency offices, then click on legislation. 

   All compiled statutes, and administrative rules will be available 
there.


CPO II Jon Davis, IL. Conservation Police
Region IV, Dist. 9


RiverBill says...Thanks for the information Jon....Please continue to keep us informed.

Grafton Ferry Update ------ Talked to the folks in the Grafton Ferry Company on Friday afternoon     The Coast Guard is going to do an inspection on Monday.....The ferry should be back in service sometime next week.    
   Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available

Long Shot Saloon  ------ opens for business this weekend !  

  Portage Des Sioux  ........ 636- 899 - 1104 

Open Thurs & Fri  at ......4:00PM 

Open Sat & Sun  at...... 12:00 Noon                            

Happy Hour 4 -7 PM on Thurs & Fri...$1.75 Beer...$0.35 Wings

Thurs...$0.69 Tacos 7-9 PM  

Appetizers, Pizzas, Burgers 

Full menu coming soon

 

ITCS Memo 2519 ....Lock 24 ...Scheduled Closure Cancelled ---  The 3rd scheduled closure of lock 24 has been cancelled. The Corps of Engineers has completed all necessary work during first 2 scheduled closures. 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2519  

Mississippi River Forecast….  Click here today's river stages and forecast.  

Missouri Conservation Magazine........The April on-line edition of  

Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine is out..      

 

Click here to take a look !

Missouri River Communities Network........Added a link to the Missouri River Communities Network website in the left hand column.  

   "The Missouri River Communities Network (MRCN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and restore the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Missouri River and its surrounding communities, and to encourage citizen participation in these endeavors."

   

    Click here to go to the Missouri River Communities Network website. 

Saturday  May 12 ..........       

Missouri River Relief 

Clean-up Banks of Missouri River Near St. Charles 

Assemble at the pavilion near the Lewis & Clark Boathouse adjacent to riverfront Frontier Park in St. Charles

 

For more info go to:

http://www.riverrelief.org/events/07stcharles.html

With Deepest Sympathy........ Little John, of Little John's marine Service, sent us the following e-mail :
 
I am very saddened to let people know that Keith Ruf's uncle passed away this (Thursday) evening.

He happens to be one of three people left in Kieth's own family. The mans name is Edgar Swinsord (age mid 60s). Many of the older crowd on the river will know who I am speaking of. He and Kieth's father built the house that Kieth lives in. There are many pictures and old movies of life in our setting today, as it was then. (the 50s). In a better time, I know Keith will show them to people interested. Keith may or may not be happy for me to send this out, But this was a person that had the foresight and started the enjoyment of the river that we all enjoy today. I am calling out, as a true river person, for people to come and show respect for one of the people that started in making our great river experiences possible for all of us.

Kieth , Ashly, and Casy really need a hug right now, they really have their hands full. This gentleman's wife needs to know that we, the people in today's world, appreciate just what her husband has done to get us where we are today.

Edgar Swinsord will be laid out at Baue Funeral home Sun. 2.00 till 5.00
                                                                  
Funeral Mon. 10.00

Thanks
Little John.

 

 

 Thursday .... 29 March  2007........ 

 

 

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Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day...... are from boaters from the Duck Club Yacht Club that are cruising around in the waters off Florida !.

 

HI River Bill,

    We took our boat, STARSHIP, from the Duck Club to Florida. We keep it in Lighthouse Point on the east coast. We travel to the Exuma Islands south of Nassau with the boat, Over The Edge, also from the Duck Club. 

  Here is a shot of us running off the Florida coast and one of our latest catches. It's a 65 lb whahoo. 

   We enjoy your site all winter.... since we have been boating on the river since 1973. Keep up the good work.

Al and Annette Morgan

 

RiverBill says....A "Big Hello" from all the boaters in St. Louis !      We are envious.   Whahoo.....Looks like a blast !

   Enjoy and keep us up-to-date on your travels. 

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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  The "Pictures of the Day" on this day of the week in 2006  were a series of sunset shots sent in by Robert Cope.... of the boat Slow Ride. 

 

Robert wrote in his e-mail: 

 

    Went to Principia College again, but this time we went hiking and found a way all the way out on the tip of the bluffs, It was such a nice view, and a great sunset, my son and I just sat there for about an hour and a half, even though we were both freezing.  To top it all off, a barge came along at just the right time to make it complete.....

Robert Cope

Long Shot Saloon  ------ is opening for business today  

  Portage Des Sioux  ........ 636- 899 - 1104 

Open Thurs & Fri  at ......4:00PM 

Open Sat & Sun  at...... 12:00 Noon                            

Happy Hour 4 -7 PM on Thurs & Fri...$1.75 Beer...$0.35 Wings

Thurs...$0.69 Tacos 7-9 PM  

Mississippi River Forecast….  Click here today's river stages and forecast.  

        Winfield will drop below flood stage on Friday

        Grafton is forecast to stay just a bit above flood stage for a while

Missouri River Relief ------  There was a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch about this year's clean-up effort on the Missouri River....all the way from St. Louis to the first dam, 805 river miles upstream in South Dakota 

    Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

Party at Kinder's   ------    April 28th ........ 8 PM - 12 midnight

 The Works Band  will be playing the tunes ........Let's Dance ! 

    Click her for Kinder's Restaurant website

Found….  Box of tools.... at the Yacht Club of St. Louis. 

         To claim.....e-mail RiverBill with description .. riverbill@prodigy.net

RiverBill's Upcoming Events Page  ------    

Add your event  ....Just send an e-mail to riverbill@prodigy.net

 

 

 Wednesday .... 28 March  2007........ 

 

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day......is from Fran Kennedy.

 

River Bill,

Our Chip sired 6 Dachshund puppies this thanksgiving with Tinkerbell, they are precious.

Fran Kennedy

Marty Faupe

 

RiverBill says....Looks like you have River Dawgs everywhere !  

Yester Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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  The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2005  was a series of four.   

We named them

Guess what we caught at the boat ramp ?"     

  These pictures are from the 80's. I think they were taken at John's Boat Harbor and I am not exactly sure who all the people are anymore.   If you need a few clues as to what they caught -- click here.   Yep - It looks like a wet SUV.    How wet is it ?   REAL WET !

Mississippi River Forecast….  Click here for current river stages and forecast.

Found….  Box of tools.... at the Yacht Club of St. Louis. 

         To claim.....e-mail RiverBill with description .. riverbill@prodigy.net

Long Shot Saloon  ------ in Portage Des Sioux is opening for business this Thursday !      636- 899 - 1104 

Open Thurs & Fri  at ......4:00PM 

Open Sat & Sun  at...... 12:00 Noon                            

Happy Hour 4 -7 PM on Thurs & Fri...$1.75 Beer...$0.35 Wings

Thurs...$0.69 Tacos 7-9 PM  

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

 

 

 Tuesday .... 27 March  2007........ 

 

 

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Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day......is from Barb Appel.  Barb sent in the "top picture" and the following e-mail:

 

Bill,
   Here's a picture of the high water at Kinder's Saturday.

   Brian and Dana Graff, my husband Brad Appel, and I, took a ride over the high water to Illinois Saturday on the Golden Eagle Ferry. We also crossed on the Brussel Ferry and made stops at Kinder's, the Loading Dock, and Mississippi Half Step. It was a great spring day enjoying the river we all hope to be boating on soon.

Barbara Appel

RiverBill says...the 2nd picture is a closer view that I took on Sunday.... the water is starting to get close to the concrete deck pilings.  

Yes... that is Ernie on the porch steps.

Mississippi River Forecast….  the Mississippi River is forecast to stay above flood stage for a while at Winfield and Grafton........The good news is that the crests have been lowered !

Click here for current river stages and forecast.

Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker Pics -----  Capt'n Darryll Weil has the Con Trios website updated with pictures from  the first event of the season....The Spring Ice Breaker.   

 

Click here to go to the Con Trios website.....click on the links from there..

Update...Water Resources Development Act -----  The bill was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the 15th of March.  Now the Committee Chairman is urging leadership to schedule it for House floor consideration.
   Among other things ....the bill would authorize navigation improvements and ecosystem restoration on the Upper Mississippi River and the Illinois Waterways…. 


Click here to read the news article in the Waterways Journal

ITCS Memo 2518 ....Illinois & Mississippi River Update ---  for miles 50.0 -230.9 of the Illinois River and miles  241.4 - 324.8 of the Upper Mississippi River.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2518  

Capt'n Jack's Bar and Grill  ------ is opening for business on Wed, April 11. 

Grand Opening.... Saturday, April 14th

Music by the band Rail

Click here for more info

The Band Powder Keg  ------ is scheduled to play at KJ's Place in Portage Des Sioux, MO on May 5th....(Formerly Portage Grill ) .   

Illinois Conservation Police  ------ the link to the Illinois Conservation Police, in the left hand column,  has been fixed.  ( again )

   Click here and check it out...write the phone numbers down in your boat...put them into your cell phone.

 

 

 Monday .... 26 March  2007........ 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......is of a birdhouse along the riverbank just above the Golden Eagle ferry landing on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.  The flood waters are taking over land that is usually dry.  Lots of the floating derbis..

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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  The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2005  was an   aerial shot of the river   taken by Steve Schulte.   The aircraft is flying down-river, around the UMR 217 mile marker, heading towards Portage Des Sioux.   Looks like "Slim Island" on the right hand side of the windshield, just a bit down-river from that southbound tow.   I think that the next island down river on the right hand side is "Portage Island".   Check out Steve's website with the hot-link on the right hand side of this web page.  

Capt'n Jack's Bar and Grill  ------ opening for business on Wednesday, April 11. 

 

Grand Opening Saturday, April 14th

Music by the band Rail

 

Click here for more info

Mississippi River Forecast….. As of 8:30 PM on Saturday

 

   The Mississippi River is forecast to go above flood stage at Winfield and Grafton today.  Alton is forecast be high, but expected to stay below flood stage.

Click here for current river stages and forecast.

Golden Eagle Ferry  ------ was using the ferry landing in the "back of Dardenne Slough" on Sunday due to the high water.    

RiverBill's Upcoming Events Page  ------    

 

Add your event  ....Just send an e-mail to riverbill@prodigy.net

 

 

 Friday .... 23 March  2007........  WELCOME TO THE WEEKEND !

 Updated Sun @ 4:30 PM 

 

Our River Picture of the Day......Sunday.... was taken by Jennifer and sent in by Mike Reed of the Valley Sailing Association.

 

Mike wrote:

 

Yes, there is very competitive sailing that goes on between Happy Hours on the river in/on the Alton Lake!

Mike Reed
Valley Sailing Association

www.valleysailing.org

 

RiverBill says: Great photo Jennifer...Thanks for sending it in Mike !

 

Our River Picture of the Day......Saturday.... is from Kinder's Restaurant on Friday night.  They are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Stop in and say hello, have a clod drink and something to eat..

 

Life Is Right

It's Friday Night

At Kinder's Restaurant

 

RiverBill, Mary and Carl during "Martini Hour" at Kinder's Restaurant on Friday night.

 

Click here to checkout Kinder's new website....pictures and info being added daily.

Click here to check out this year's menu.

 

Our River Picture of the Day......Friday....was sent in by Steve Schulte in 2004...I think it's one of those shots that is timeless...I've named it

It's Flood Season Again.

  Looks like a person could walk all the way from one bank to the other.

  

The river is coming up.....Click here for the river levels, river forecast and weather.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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Sunday

  The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2005  was of the   Piasa Bird   that is painted on one of the bluff walls near Alton, IL.   This picture was taken from the new parking lot that is next to the Great River Road and the Mississippi River.   The Piasa Bird painting will be real noticeable to motorist and boaters alike this summer because it will be illuminated at night.

 

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Saturday  

  The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2005  was of part of the river-town of   Grafton, IL. as seen from the bluffs above the city.   The large building with the red roof is the Loading Dock and the sandbar on the right is at the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

 

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Friday

  The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2005  was of a   runabout that crashed through the side of a cruiser.   Looks like the bow of the smaller boat went all the way through the cruiser, knocked the top loose and up away from the boat.   Captain Gary Bowers, who hails out of  Woodland Marina, sent in this picture.   He is not sure of the origin, but I did notice that the cruiser has Missouri numbers on it.   They are probably "Lake Boaters".  

Mississippi River Forecast….. As of 9:15 AM on Saturday

 

   The Mississippi River is forecast to go above flood stage at Winfield on Monday and above flood stage at Grafton on Sunday.  The Alton is forecast be high, but below flood stage.

Click here for current river stages and forecast.

This Saturday, March 24 - Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker 

Pere Marquette Lodge

~~ See ya there ~~

Click here for more info

Click here to look at pictures from last year's event...It was country western boaters having fun.

Noodling for Catfish ------  There was a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch..... about how noodling for catfish may soon be a thing of the past.

   Noodling is a method of catching catfish by hand.   Noodlers poke around in underwater caves and crevices with their bare hands for fish instead of using a rod and reel.  Sometimes they come up with snakes, beavers and turtles....Yikes.
   

    Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

Hydroelectric power plant at Melvin Price Lock and Dam ------  Capt'n Robert Cope, of the boat "Slow Ride", sent us a link to a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch..... about building a hydroelectric power plant at the Melvin Price lock and dam at Alton Illinois.  The plant would be capable of a generating capacity of 60 to 100 megawatts.

   

    Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

Grafton Ferry Update ------ Talked to the folks in the Grafton Ferry Company on Monday ……….The ferry is "tentatively" scheduled to be back in service at the end of the month. 
   Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available

Safe Boating Course ------ Gus ELia sent us the following information about the United States Power Squadron's Safe Boating Course.

 

Hi Bill,

   I'm going to do a Safe Boating course at Kilroy's Restaurant starting on Tuesday April 3rd. This course will cater to the student of Orchard Farm High School but everyone is invited. Please post the attached flyer. Lori will be serving dinner before class.

Gus Elia

 

Click here for more info

 

 

 Thursday .... 22 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......is from Milt and Fran Ohlsen....who are wintering in the Bahamas......and....they check out RiverBill's to see what is happening on the Mississippi River here in St. Louis.

 

Milt and Fran wrote:

 

   Life is good here in the Abacos---thru your website we have watched winter storms take their toll on the river, and pleased to just read about it! 

   The cruising life fits us and we will soon leave here to summer in the Chesapeake before returning here next winter.

Milt/Fran Ohlsen 

49' Krogen Express 

Sea Fox    

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RiverBill says.....I had to e-mail Milt and Fran back and ask them to tell me more about themselves and their journeys.   

    

Capt'n Milton sent me the following reply;

 

Bill,

     I was on the Board of the Duck Club and for the two years prior to last year I headed up the Spring event there that featured a Boat Show, Chili Blast and "Yard Sale" that attracted a bunch of people and signaled the start of the Boating Season. 

  I also represented the DCYC and the boaters on the Pool in working with the Corps to find safe solutions to our concerns. 
  Been a boater on the River for 20 years and tickled the cash registers of boat stores frequently----lived in St Charles till last June when we retired, sold our home, moved aboard the Sea Fox and went to the North Channel before turning around and coming back thru the Inland Waters to Mobile and eventually to the Abacos in early January.       What a ride it has been!! 
    Next month we head back to Florida and then to the Chesapeake for the summer/fall before doing the St Johns River--then back to the Bahamas!     We are, to my limited knowledge, part of only a handful of boaters from the Pool who have done this. 
    I have taken quite a number of photos---tell me if you want me to send some--and if so, what subject matter? 

Take care,
Capt Milton Ohlsen

 

.  RiverBill says.....Please send us some pictures of your journeys Milton.  Pick some out that the boaters in St. Louis would enjoy looking at.....  Be safe and enjoy !

Welcome New Sponsor.....Artificial Palm Trees R Us .......Click here

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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   The "Picture of the Day" on this day in 2006  was sent in by Lynne Williams   

We had snow and ice !

 

And..... Lynne captured the Grafton Ferry crossing the river in the middle of a Winter Wonder Land.....On.. the 2nd day of Spring. 

Clean Stream Day 2007 ....... Sat, 24 March 2007.....The City of St. Peters, Mo is looking for volunteers to help clean portions of the Spencer Creek and tributaries to the Dardenne Creek.  

   Dardenne Creek empties into  Dardenne Slough at about the UMR 227.3 mile marker of the Mississippi River.

  Click here for more information

Flood Stage Forecast…..The Mississippi River is forecast to go above flood stage on Saturday at Winfield and Grafton. Alton is forecast to stay below flood stage (through next Wednesday)….

Click here for more info.

Grafton Ferry Update ------ Talked to the folks in the Grafton Ferry Company on Monday ……….The ferry is "tentatively" scheduled to be back in service at the end of the month. 
   Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available

Safe Boating Course ------ Gus ELia sent us the following information about the United States Power Squadron's Safe Boating Course.

 

Hi Bill,

   I'm going to do a Safe Boating course at Kilroy's Restaurant starting on Tuesday April 3rd. This course will cater to the student of Orchard Farm High School but everyone is invited. Please post the attached flyer. Lori will be serving dinner before class.

Gus Elia

 

Click here for more info

More River Dawgs "Coming Soon"------  Look for some new River Dawg pics in the near future !   I have a few to post that have been in my in-basket for a while. 

 

 

 Wednesday .... 21 March  2007....

Spring Is Here !

Time To Get Your Prop(s) Wet

 

Spring is also known as the Vernal Equinox

The hours of daylight will now exceed the hours of darkness !

Happy Boating....

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......is named 

Spring Sunrise

 

   It was actually taken last Sunday morning ...but I thought it represented a Mississippi River Spring sunrise in St. Louis really well.  We have a beautiful sunrise, smooth water,  birds flying around in the sky and high water with the debris floating.    

    

It's the Mississippi River that we are use to

And the river that we love.....

It's made us the River Creatures that we are !

 

Welcome to the 2007 boating season..

 

 

Thanks Carl Tiemann for the phrase "River Creatures"

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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   The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was of some of the  Con Trios Yacht Club members at the   "Wild Goose Saloon and Grill"   in Grafton, IL.   It was between festivities at the club's  "Spring Ice Breaker" at Pere Marquette Lodge.

 

This Saturday, March 24......is this year's  Spring Ice Breaker 

at Pere Marquette Lodge

~~ See ya there ~~

Annapolis Boaters Plan To Welcome Spring With A Ceremonial Burning of the Socks On Today

   In Annapolis, it is customary for the boaters to gather at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and celebrate the first day of spring with a "Ceremonial Burning of the Socks."     

    Why you ask.....It signifies that it will be warm enough soon to wear boat shoes without socks.

 

  Click here for more info on today's event at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.

    OK...the challenge !   ...........Who is going to burn their winter socks today, St. Louis style, to celebrate the first day of Spring ?      

    Remember to stand up-wind and send us some pics !

ITCS Memo 2513 ......Illinois River Update ---- issued by the IRCA Chairman for miles 50 -145.5 that are in "High Water Watch Phase".

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2513  

Runaway Dock Rescued By Alton Firefighters ------ According to a news article in yesterday's on-line Alton Telegraph ..... Alton Firefighters rescued a runaway dock from the Mississippi River just up-stream of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  

  

    Click here to read the article in the on-line Telegraph....Includes video.

Lakeside 370 Park Update ------  There was a news article in yesterday's on-line Post Dispatch..... about the Lakeside 370 Park in St. Peters. Mo and it's dedication on Monday.

   Approximately 1,600 acres of the Lakeside 370 Park and the Premier 370 Business Park are located in Mississippi River flood plain !

   

    Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

 Tuesday .... 20 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture of the Day......is named 

First Light

 

 It was taken last Sunday morning up around Two Branch Marina.  The river came alive as the sun started to rise ....pelicans, gulls everywhere and the silhouette of a southbound tow.

More River History

    I found a bit of "river related history" in a story in the on-line Belleville News Democrat.  ... It's an article about "The Dinky" railbus that was introduced in the 1930's to transport folks between Alton and Grafton on the railroad that used to run along the river.  This is before the River Road was built.  

   It's an interesting bit of river history with a lot of additional information about other train routes in our area.

   Click here to read the story on BellevilleNewsDemocrate.com  

Kinder's website ------  Added some pictures to Kinder's website from last year when KSHE 95 was their to help celebrate opening of their new deck.

  

   Click here ....and... Take-A-Look !

Spring Arrives Tomorrow ------ at 12:07 AM in the morning !    That is the day when the direct rays of the Sun are over the Equator, marking the Vernal Equinox.   

    It is also the day when the daylight hours are just about equal to the nighttime hours.   From now until the Summer Solstice, around June 21, the hours of daylight will continue to increase....And that's good news for boaters. 

 

   Click here for more information.

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

This Saturday, March 24....... Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker 

Pere Marquette Lodge

~~ See ya there ~~

Duck Club Yacht Club's Boat Show & Open House ------  April 21 & 22

Local marine Vendors

Chili Blast

Helicopter Rides

Flea Market

Raffle & 50/50 all day

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 Monday .... 19 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture of the Day...... is of Rich & Tracy Luttrell's cruiser, Escapade, tied-up at Sharky's Cove on Saturday.    Rich told me they went for an afternoon cruise with some friends and stopped at Sharky's to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. 

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

 

 

 

 

  The "Picture of the Day" from 2005  wasan "Award Winning"   photo from Steve Schulte.   It is of the river bluffs and more reflections.   What a beautiful photo !   That water looks dead calm.   

   

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Kinder's Menu ------  Kinder's 2007 menu has been added to their website !

  Click here to Take-A-Look !

River History ------  I ran across an interesting bit of river history while cruising around on the internet.  It's a piece named "Motor Boats on the Mississippi" written in 1909 by E. Percy Noel.  It  describes power boating on the Mississippi in 1909.

 

    The article includes a bit about the St. Louis Power Squadron sending 18 power craft up the Mississippi River to Burlington, Iowa to attend a national regatta.  And...nine of the power boats from the St. Louis fleet went all the way to Rock Island, IL..... 350 miles from their starting point.....

   Some folks from St. Louis kept their motor boats moored at Alton, Il way back then rather than boat near the city because they wanted to avoid boating in the "least attractive part of the Mississippi River".  Some things just don't change !

  Click here to read this bit of River History from 1909.

Dri-Port Marine's Newsletter ------  is now available on-line at RiverBills.com.... 

 

Click here ...And.... Check-It-Out !  

 Fri, Sat,Sun .... 16, 17, 18 March  2007....

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day.....Sunday.... is of Dutch....Seems as if he found the "Fountain Of Youth" in his travels around the Loop.

  

The caption under the picture on his website, The Scoundrel, is as follows 

Failure of the fountain of youth  

???????

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day.....Saturday.... is a shot taken on Friday by the river-cam at Winfield Lock and Dam.  The Winfield Dam tugboat is helping align the southbound tow up with the entrance to the lock.  The river was at 21.3 ft  at Winfield on Friday afternoon.....4.7 feet below flood stage...cresting at 24.1ft. on Wednesday. Notice the logs and other floating debris in and around the lock.  

 

   Click here for river level stages and forecasts.

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day.....Friday.... is another shot of the old houseboat hull setting upstream from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  This one is of a frozen river

 

Bill,

   Looking at your page this morning I noticed a picture similar to mine. While checking out the eagles, when the river was iced over, I walked out on the levy and took a shot looking back towards the dam, there is the piece. Small world eh? 

Thanks for keeping a great up to date site!

Sharon G

 

RiverBill says..Thanks for the pic Sharon .......Your picture reminded me how difficult it is to walk on that jetty.  Large rocks, loose rocks, very un-even...lots of holes to step into.

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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Sunday 

  The "Picture of the Day" from 2006  was another great photo by Steve Schulte.  I named this one  Coming Right At You.    In this picture the tow appears to be really close to the photographer......A lot closer than I ever want to be to an on-coming  tow. Hope it is just an illusion. 

   

  

 

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Saturday 

  The "Picture of the Day" from 2006  was another great photo by Steve Schulte.  I am going to name this one  Reflections of Dinner.    

  

 Awesome photo  !

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Friday  

  The "Picture of the Day" from 2006  was sent in by Devin Lause.  It's a shot of the Labadie Power Plant taken from the Missouri River.. 

 

 LITTLE JOHN'S MARINE SERVICE      636- 250- 4187       

  Click here

Lets Go Paddle-Fishing ------  There was an interesting article in Saturday's on-line Post Dispatch..... about snagging paddlefish on the lakes and rivers of Missouri and Illinois.  These guys are big.....they look a bit pre-historic....and congregate below the dams in the Mississippi River .   The Missouri state record is 139 pounds.

  Click here to read the article on STLtoday.com

  

Kinder's Menu ------  Kinder's 2007 menu has been added to their website !

  Click here to Take-A-Look !

Water Projects Bill Update ------  According to a news article in Friday's on-line Post Dispatch..... the Waters Projects Bill, with 14 billion designated for the waterways of Missouri and Illinois, cleared the House Transportation Committee on Thursday.  The final vote, in the House, should take place in a few weeks.
 

  Click here to read the story in the on-line STLtoday.com

Mo Dept Conservation Sturgeon Monitoring Project  ---  For you fishermen...

   If you catch a "tagged" shovelnose sturgeon in the Mississippi or Missouri Rivers please report your catch to the Missouri Department of Conservation.  

    

Click here to  find out what information they are asking you to report and to read about the program..  

Lets Go Catch Some Big Ones ---  I was cruising around on the internet and I ran a-ground on an interesting cat-fishing article in the the on-line Missouri Game & Fish magazine.  

     It's about catching the big-ones out of the Missouri River.   The articleis  a few years old, but I think it has some good information and pointers in it.   My friend, Dale Williams, of the band Powder Keg, even has a few paragraphs.

 

Click here to go to the on-line Missouri Game & Fish magazine and read the article.

Chicago River....Dye It Green ---  The Chicago River has been dyed green for St. Patrick's Day since the 60's. 

Click here for info on who, where, why and when they turned it green.

Click here to watch a video of them turning it green.

Dead Shad In The Harbor ...Yikes !  ..... What's-up with all of those dead shad ? 

  

  The harbors were loaded with them last weekend and after one of my friends explained the reason behind it, I decided to see what info I could find on the internet about it.  Well, I never found "that one site" that explained it all, but after cruising around for a while... I picked up the following bits and pieces here and there.

    It seems as if  shad are a very delicate species that are highly susceptible  to shock from sudden changes in environmental conditions. 

  The main reasons for "Shad Kill" is low oxygen levels and cold water temperatures. Shad die in water below 42 degrees. As the water cools in the Fall of the year, the shad seek out the warmest water available.  Apparently, a lot of them head for the warmer harbor waters, but this leads to their demise as winter sets in and the temperature of shallow harbor water drops.   And.. we all know some harbors around here are a lot shallower than others !  (Hah) 
    

  As the ice in the harbors melt, the shad that died over the winter float to the top.  

  

  The good news is that the dead shad provide food for other river creatures such as catfish and eagles. One article I read stated that when the shad are floating on top of the water it's time to go fishing for those big catfish

   

  Shad that winter in the deeper / warmer waters of the river survive.

Tax Problems for The Robert E. Lee Floating Restaurant........ A news article in the on-line Post Dispatch reports that the Robert E. Lee floating Restaurant, which is now moored on the Mississippi River at Kimswick, has big tax problems. 

  Click here to go to STLtoday.com and read the story.

This Saturday...Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ---- St. Patrick’s Day…..   

  Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Dinner Salad ….$8.95

 

Click here to go to Grafton's landing website 

This Saturday.....Sharky's Cove Restaurant ----  St. Patrick’s Day

Corned beef and Cabbage Specials all day long.
Live Music by "The Sharks" at 9:00 pm

 

Click here to go to Sharky's Cove website 

Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker----  Ice Breaker Party dead line for reservations is Saturday March 17, to confirm your seat for dinner .......etc etc... Contact Fleet Captain Gary Meinershagen, via Con Trios website, or by phone.

314-731-7931

Duck Club Yacht Club's Boat Show & Open House ------  April 21 & 22

Local marine Vendors

Chili Blast

Helicopter Rides

Flea Market

Raffle & 50/50 all day

Click here for more info.

 

 

 Thursday .... 15 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture of the Day....... is named .......

LOST AND FOUND....(Hah)

  It's a shot of an old houseboat hull setting on a jetty just up-stream from the Melvin Price Lock and Dam.  I thought it was a bit strange that the ladder to the upper deck is still in place eventhough every thing else is gone.

   The Clark Bridge and the City of Alton can be seen in the distance. 

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was steering RiverBill's up-river on this day in years past ? 

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   The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was of river sunrise taken from the deck of Mike D's house. The picture is looking down-river near the UMR 231.5 mile marker.   Notice the very large bird making an early morning flight across the river.   

 

Duck Club Restaurant ---- Opens Today   

Thur....................5PM  -  9PM

Fri, Sat, Sun........Noon - 10PM

Con Trios Yacht Club's Spring Ice Breaker----  Ice Breaker Party dead line for reservations is Saturday March 17, to confirm your seat for dinner .......etc etc... Contact Fleet Captain Gary Meinershagen, via Con Trios website, or by phone.

314-731-7931

Con Trios Yacht Club Update....... sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil 

 

   The Con Trios Yacht Club (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/) website has been updated as of Tuesday's board meeting as follows:

  • The Icebreaker Party, March 24th at Pere Marquette Lodge, deadline is fast approaching. Get your reservations in by March 17th to insure you have a place at dinner! Click on the "Events" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/events.html) link for more information.

  • If you are looking for a great set of maps / charts for the rivers we boat on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers are the go to guys. They have electronic charts that can be downloaded for free and there are some free viewers available for your computer. Click on the "Boating Links" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/links.html) link for more information.

  • The Past Commodore's Party, May 5th, and the Parrot Head Party, July 21st, are both based out of the Grafton Harbor. Be sure and make your slip reservations early for both events, particularly the Parrot Head Party as the Blessing of the Fleet Awards Presentation will also be occurring at Grafton Harbor the same day.

  • Grand Raffle tickets are selling well, get yours now before they are all gone from any Con Trios Yacht Club board member !   Click on the "Grand Raffle" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/grand_raffle.htm) link for more information.

    Darryll

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ---- St. Patrick’s Day….. Saturday March 17th  

  Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Dinner Salad ….$8.95

 

Click here to go to Grafton's landing website 

SCF  Barges (of St. Louis ) Headed for Argentina ------  

        Click here to read the news article in the March 12th edition of the Waterways Journal.

River History ------  

     Rufus Easton developed Alton as a river town in 1818. The town was named after his son.  Rufus also owned a passenger ferry that he operated on the Mississippi River between Alton and the state of Missouri.

    For more info click here

River History ------  Steamboat Arkansas

     For a bit more river history about a steamboat named Arkansas...check out this week's edition of Tow Talking by Kathy Flippo

    

Sharky's Cove Restaurant ----  St. Patrick’s Day...Saturday March 17th 

Corned beef and Cabbage Specials all day long.
Live Music by "The Sharks" at 9:00 pm

 

Click here to go to Sharky's Cove website 

Sharky's Cove  ----  3rd Annual Pimp and the Hoe Ball....Saturday April 7th 

Party starts at 8:00 PM
Live Music at  9:00 PM

1st Prize $100 cash and 20% off your alcohol for 1 full year.

Click here to go to Sharky's Cove website 

 

 

 Wednesday .... 14 March  2007....

 Updated @ 6:00 AM

 

 

 

 

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Our River Pictures of the Day....... are of a flocks of Pelicans and River Gulls that were on the sandbar at lower end of Enterprise Island last Saturday afternoon.  They appeared a a large white mass from a distance.... and as we motored closer the pelicans took to flight until the sky was filled....all circling in different directions.  What a site !

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

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    The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was a picture of the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica and tow vehicle sent in by Darryll Weil.   Darryll wrote in his e-mail that he and his friend, Ron, were returning from Woodland Marina a few weeks ago on Highway 94 heading towards St. Charles.   As they passed Highway B they came upon the restored 1954 Chevrolet truck that was hauling the Lewis and Clark keelboat replica broke down on the side of the road. They stopped to see if they could help.   They found out they were only out of gas and that the escort vehicle had already left to get some.   The driver gave them an impromptu tour of the boat and then Darryll took some pictures of the keel boat,   the Discovery Expedition logo on the door of the truck, of his friend Ron Hering posing with the driver and finally Darryll got his picture taken with the driver. 

 

Daisy the Goose....... Capt'n JohnnyRiverRat sent us a link to a cute news story and video shown on "KARE11.com News" out of Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota about a goose that flies next to a run-about and even rides on the boat.

 

Go to KARE11.com News to read the story and watch the video.

Just Another Day On The River....... There has been a series of pictures

floating around on the internet for quite a while of a towboat pushing a set of barges under a bridge and trying setting them free.  When one of the face wires fouled and the towboat was dragged into and then under the bridge.

  Somehow the towboat turns upright after it clears the bridge, the captain fires it back up and then he catches the barges floating down the river.  Wow...What a set of pictures !

 

   To view the series of pictures go to... http://koti.mbnet.fi/~soldier/towboat.htm

Make sure to read the accompanying story !

 

RiverBill says...Thanks Larry Snopek and Jon Carlson for the e-mails about the mishap....it prompted me search the internet and find an onl-ine link containing the pictures and a good story about the mishap. 

Con Trios Yacht Club Update....... sent to us by Capt'n Darryll Weil

 

   The Con Trios Yacht Club (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/) website has been updated as of Tuesday's board meeting as follows:

  • The Icebreaker Party, March 24th at Pere Marquette Lodge, deadline is fast approaching. Get your reservations in by March 17th to insure you have a place at dinner! Click on the "Events" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/events.html) link for more information.

  • If you are looking for a great set of maps / charts for the rivers we boat on the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers are the go to guys. They have electronic charts that can be downloaded for free and there are some free viewers available for your computer. Click on the "Boating Links" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/links.html) link for more information.

  • The Past Commodore's Party, May 5th, and the Parrot Head Party, July 21st, are both based out of the Grafton Harbor. Be sure and make your slip reservations early for both events, particularly the Parrot Head Party as the Blessing of the Fleet Awards Presentation will also be occurring at Grafton Harbor the same day.

  • Grand Raffle tickets are selling well, get yours now before they are all gone from any Con Trios Yacht Club board member !   Click on the "Grand Raffle" (http://www.contriosyachtclub.org/grand_raffle.htm) link for more information.

    Darryll

Grafton Marina & Grafton's Landing ---- 

 

Hi RiverBill,
Just a quick plug for the Grafton Marina...After signing papers on a house we just bought in Grafton, the wife and I had lunch at Grafton's Landing where we got nothing but fast, excellent service with some great food. It was impressive considering how packed it was, and most of all it was nice to be on the water even if it wasn't in my boat. We sure are looking forward to getting back out with our boating friends this year.
Jeff and Sherri Easley

 

RiverBill says...See ya on the river....soon !

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ---- St. Patrick’s Day….. Saturday March 17th  

  Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Dinner Salad ….$8.95

 

Click here to go to Grafton's landing website 

Sharky's Cove Restaurant ----  St. Patrick’s Day...Saturday March 17th

Corned beef and Cabbage Specials all day long.
Live Music by "The Sharks" at 9:00 pm

 

Click here to go to Sharky's Cove website 

Sharky's Cove  ----  3rd Annual Pimp and the Hoe Ball....Saturday April 7th

Party starts at 8:00 PM
Live Music at  9:00 PM

1st Prize $100 cash and 20% off your alcohol for 1 full year.

Click here to go to Sharky's Cove website 

Duck Club Restaurant ---- Opens this Thursday   

Thur....................5PM  -  9PM

Fri, Sat, Sun........Noon - 10PM

 

 

 Tuesday .... 13 March  2007....

 Updated @ 7:00 AM 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day....... is a foggy shot of Eagles Landing Marina taken last Friday evening

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

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The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2006)  was sent in by Captain Greg Sadowski, who hails out of Woodland Marina.  It is a good story about another River Bill.  

 

Greg wrote in his e-mail: 

 

CAN YOU FIND THE RIVER DAWG IN THIS PICTURE ?

   I took this picture in September of 2004, That's Before I met River Bill !!  

   Taken by the gas dock at Mud Island Marina - Memphis, Tennessee.  Mark Krull, Dolph Kraus, and I were on our way to Miami on the "Miami Magic".   This boater was on his way to Key West from Minnesota, and this was not his first time making the trip. (Different Boats).  He told us that he went by the name "River Bill".  Bill had lost an outboard motor in the Alton pool, hitting a large submerged log.  Grafton is where he replaced it with the one you see in the picture. 

   He rescued this puppy on its way to the dog pound, to become a river dog. This was just a few days earlier in the town of Caruthersville, MO.  I asked, What's the dog's name. He didn't have one yet. I suggested "Skipper".  He liked it and said That'll be his name.

True Story,

Greg Sadowski

Anyone out there have more info on this other River Bill? I'd like to hear about it. 

 

 

Added the Following Links and Headings.......

Sea Level vs Dams in left hand column under Locks and Dams section

BrownsMarina.com in left hand column under new heading "Boating Humor"

March 10 On the River....... Terrie Eudaley, who hails out of Lake Center Marina in the cruiser "GullieWash",  sent us a show of their afternoon.

 

Click on link.... http://www.photoshow.com/view/FQ7SS7Kv

 

Caution... Larry Demko....slide show contains birds !

ITCS Memo 2511 ...... Illinois River ---- High water safety advisory update issued 12 March 2007 by the LOMRC Co-Chairman to mariners on the Illinois River....

ILR Mile 50 - 145.5 

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2511 

Grafton's Landing Bar and Grill ---- St. Patrick’s Day….. Saturday March 17th  

Corned Beef and Cabbage, Parsley Potatoes, Dinner Salad ….$8.95

 

Click here to go to Grafton's landing website 

Duck Club Restaurant ---- Opens this Thursday   

Thur....................5PM  -  9PM

Fri, Sat, Sun........Noon - 10PM

 

 

 Monday .... 12 March  2007....

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day....... is from the "Season Opener" last Friday night at Grafton's Landing Bar & Grill

Front to back

~ Bob Bindner, one of the owners of Eagle's Landing Marina...(Red Shirt)

~ Cheryl and Dan.... who hail out of Grafton Harbor....(both in blue) 

~ Kinsey and Mark Bachman...behind the bar

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

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The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was of gulls lined up at the Grafton Ferry landing. There were hundreds of them on the parking lot, all facing into the cold wind.

 

More News on the Grafton Ferry…….  KGOODE e-mailed us a link to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch about the status of the Grafton Ferry.

 

  Click here to head the story on STLtoday.com

Jon Boat Parade....... Grafton, IL, May 19th.......... Check it out.

 

 

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Event added to RiverBill's Upcoming Events page

BrownsMarina.com....... Capt'n Tony Trice sent us a link to BronwsMarina.com with some interesting boating pictures !....

 

Tony wrote:

 

The pix of the tubers and cat is terrific...also, some shots of boating mishaps..
enjoy.
Tony

Click here and .........Make sure to check out the flying cat !

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

River History ------  

 

March 10, 1993

The National Weather Service issued a statement predicting "below average" precipitation for the coming summer. The flood of 1993 is indeed river history.

Click here for more info

March 12, 1940

1st day of operation for Winfield Lock and Dam No.25

Click here for more info.

 

The USCG Auxiliary at a Glance.......

On An Average Day the Coast Guard Auxiliary will

  • Complete 62.5 safety patrols
  • Complete 6.2 regatta patrols
  • Perform 10.2 vessel assists
  • Assist 28 people
  • Save 1 life
  • Save $341,290 in property
  • Participate in 100 operational support missions
  • Participate in 48.7 administrative support missions
  • Complete 13.4 recruiting support missions
  • Educate 369 people on boating safety
  • Perform 299 vessel safety checks
  • Attend 70 public affairs functions

Click here for more information

 

 

 Fri, Sat, Sun .... 09, 10, 11 March  2007....

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day....Sunday... is of Andy (Blue Marlin) and RiverBill "hamming it up" for the camera at Kinder's Restaurant on Saturday afternoon.  Andy was there with some of the "What's Up On The River" crew.  

   

   Good to meet you Andy !  

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day....Saturday... is a a fog bank that started forming on the river Friday evening.   This is sort of a neat looking picture, but as night fell the fog got thicker and thicker.  It made the boat ride with Carl and Mary Tiemann to Grafton's Landing very, very interesting.    Almost "Zero" visibility.  The spot light did absolutely nothing except to make things worse. 

    After a bit of circling.....and searching for land marks or something we could recognize...... anything we could recognize would have been nice.  All of a sudden the fog lifted and we could see the lights of Grafton.   So we motored on over to Grafton's Landing for their Season Opener.

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day...Friday... is a picture from one of the early Jamaica Daze Parties....Think it was 1998 ..or...1999  It was the year 2000

  It was the 1st year for the blue banner an maybe the palm trees.....Notice it's Jamaica Daz......not....Daze.  

   Best of my memory the leaves on the palms got soaked in a rain storm the night before...That's why they are drooping a bit.   Still had the same Red Stripe sign at last year's party.

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Mystery Solved !

  Karla Harden sent us the following e-mail about the Jamaica Daze picture...Mystery solved..

 

Bill, 

The picture on Friday's page was in 2000. Sitting on my lap is Ethan the really white kid. He was born in September of 1999.

 

River Bill says....Thanks Karla !

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

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Sunday

The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was of some of the boats in   Alton Marina that is located in Alton, IL at the UMR 202.5 mile marker.   A great place to for transient boaters to spend the weekend.  One of the nicest marinas on Alton Pool plus all of the attractions of Alton.

 

Saturday

The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was looking up-river at the "lower side" of     Winfield Lock and Dam.    This picture was taken when the water was higher and all of the gates were up, except the three in the center.

 

Friday

The "Picture of the Day" from one years ago (2006)  was sent in by Barb McCulloch of the boat "Nauti Lass" out of Woodland Marina.....And... the mother of River Dawg Annie !

  Barb just got a new digital camera and decided to try it out by snapping a picture of the Grafton Ferry as it approached the ferry landing on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River.  

 

Grafton's Landing Restaurant Is Opening This Weeend..Full Menu

 

Scroll down for more info

See ya there !

Taking applications for all positions….Contact Kinsey or Mark at Grafton’s Landing

The Grafton Ferry is “not operating”…….   I called their office on Thursday and was told they will be out of service for a couple of more weeks.

Stay anchored right here for more updates as they become available.

More News on the Grafton Ferry…….  KGOODE e-mailed us a link to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch about the status of the Grafton Ferry.

 

  Click here to head the story on STLtoday.com

Missouri River Will Not Get Extra Water From Up-Stream Reservoirs.......

   According to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch the Missouri River will not get the extra water scheduled for this spring because of the current drought conditions.    

Click here to read the story on STLtoday.com

ITCS Memo 2506 ...... Illinois River ---- High water safety advisory issued 7 March 2007 by the US Coast Guard to mariners on the Illinois River..... 

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2506 

 

 

 Thursday .... 08 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture of the Day.... is another great sunset from Sharon Gwillim.

 

She named this one

Sunset Reflections

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

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The "Picture of the Day" from one years ago (2006)  was of a Winter Wake Boarder was sent in by Tauni Shuck. He wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

  I was out on March 1st enjoying the afternoon and snapped this pic of some wake boarders in Ski Chute... Water is cold ? 

38 Degrees !! 

 

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The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was of the Brussels Ferry as it is approached the landing on the Calhoun County side of the Illinois River.   The weather was so nice that day....a lot of people were out for a ride so the waiting line to get on the ferry stretched for quite a distance.   The wait was over an hour, but a lot of people got out of their vehicles to enjoy the bright sunny weather and make new friends.

Grafton's Landing Restaurant Is Opening This Friday.....March 9th......

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See ya there !

A Bit of Mississippi River History........ I was cruising mid-stream on the the internet and ran a-ground on a short and interesting historic story about Eads Bridge and Wiggins Ferry. 

 

     Seems as if before the Eads Bridge was built….. the Wiggins Ferry held the monopoly on Mississippi River crossings at St. Louis……and "it was a hated entity."   The ferry company went as far as protesting the building of a bridge across the Mississippi River.   

    The article is about changing river currents, competition, monopolies, murder of a mayor and a pooling agreement.

 

 Click here to read about this bit of river history!  

Eagles Landing Marina........ 2007 Price Sheet

   800 Wilson Rd, St. Charles, Mo  

   Phone : 636 - 250 - 4480

   

    Click here for the 2007 Price sheet

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 Wednesday .... 07 March  2007....

 

Our River Picture of the Day.... is from  Steve Schulte. He sent us a picture looking up-stream at the chute between Bolter (left side) and Enterprise (right side) Islands...with the horseshoe dikes and the main channel in the distance.  Around the UMR 225 ...226 mile markers.


RiverBill says....Thanks for another great picture Steve !

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

 

The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2006)  was sent in by Carl Seidler.  

 

Carl wrote in his e-mail:

Bill,

   Here is a couple of the pictures I took  Friday evening from the River Road looking up River in front of Piasa Creek towards Portage in the far back. We had such a wonderful drive with the sunset.  Seen some Eagles right at the end, seen some Deer right across the Ferry and two Red Fox with the car lights.  

   What a trip.... What we take For granted here..... lots of people would pay money to see.

Carl

Grafton's Landing Restaurant Is Opening This Friday.....March 9th......

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See ya there !

New Emission Rules For Locomotive and Marine Engines........ A news article in the March 3rd issue of the on-line Post Dispatch outlined the new emissions rules for locomotive and marine engines.  Marine engine manufacturers must comply by 2014.

 

Click here to read the story in STLtoday.com    

Eagles Landing Marina........ 2007 Price Sheet

   800 Wilson Rd, St. Charles, Mo  

   Phone : 636 - 250 - 4480

   

    Click here for the 2007 Price sheet

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DRI_PORT Marine Open  House.....March 16th & 17th....

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Mushroom Festival ..... Mushroom Cookoff........  

When: Sunday April 29......1:00PM to 5:00PM

Where: Piasa Winery in Grafton, IL

 

For more information go to RiverBill's Upcoming Events page

 

 

 Tuesday .... 06 March  2007....

 Updated 12:20 PM

 

 

 

Our River Pictures & e-mail of the Day.... are from Steve Schulte of Steve Schulte Photography. He sent us a picture of one of the Missouri Water Patrol's boats out in the cold weather doing their job, a lone towboat on "glass smooth water" and a pic of the Grafton Ferry and a towboat with the bluffs in the background.

 Wow !

 

 

Steve wrote:

 

Hello Bill,

Here are a few views from the helicopter this past December, 
sorry there is no BIRDS in this batch just a few cold weather boaters!! 

Enjoy Steve

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

 

The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2006)  was sent in by Betty Bannister who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

Betty wrote in her e-mail:

This is a picture of Mayor Mosby (of Grafton, IL) taken on the deck of the Grafton Harbor dredge.  We were in the process of bringing it down river with 2 jon boats attached to it for power.

 Betty  

   

DRI_PORT Marine Open  House.....March 16th & 17th....

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Grafton's Landing Restaurant Is Opening Next Friday.....March 9th......

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See ya there !

ITCS Memo ...... Illinois River ---- High water safety advisory issued 5 March 2007 by the US Coast Guard to mariners on the Illinois River.....  ILR mile 50 - 180.9

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2504  

Flooding Along the Illinois River ------  According to an article in the on-line Quincy Herald Whig....   communities along the Illinois River can expect flooding...with many areas already reporting water levels above flood stage 

 

  Click here to read the story in the on-line Quincy Herald Whig

Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine........The March on-line edition of  Missouri Conservationist on-line Magazine is out..       Click here to view it.  

  

   It contains an article in the "News and Almanac" section of the magazine about boaters and zebra mussels with information on reporting potential zebra mussel sightings to the Missouri Department of Conservation.  

  Click here and scroll down to the article.

RiverBill's Visitor Stats ------  The visitor stats are in for February 2007....

26,705 unique visitors !

 -  Up  9,272 from the February 2006 numbers

 

Click here to look at the visitor stats chart.

AquaPalooza........  

When: Saturday, August 04, 2007 12:00 AM to Sunday, August 05, 2007 12:00 AM   (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Where: Mississippi River / TBD .

For more info go to :  http://www.aquapalooza.com/

For more info contact: Wayne.Boyer@marinemax.com

 

The above info has been added to RiverBill's Upcoming Events page

 

 

 Monday .... 05 March  2007....

 

Our River Picture & e-mail of the Day.... is from Sharon Gwillim.  She captured a very colorful river sunset last Summer.......and...... she is sharing it with us !

 

Bill, 

 

   Here is a beautiful red sunset taken near Hamburg, IL on the Mississippi last summer. Ok, there's 2, I couldn't decide which one I like better.

Sharon Gwillim
aka rvrbndr 

 

 

RiverBill says...Thanks for the pictures Sharon.....They are awesome ! 

...I posted the one above as "Pic Of The Day"  and the other is RiverBill's March Calendar.....See below. 

 

 

RiverBill's March Calendar......... RiverBill's March 2007 is out !  Hang it on your wall or make it a screen saver for your PC.   
    
To make a wall calendar.....click on the picture above for an enlarged view and print it on a piece of 8 1/2 X 11 photo paper. Set the paper to "landscape" and "center" the photo on the paper.
Enjoy


A big thanks goes out to Sharon Gwillim for providing us with such a great photo

Paying Too Much For  Boat Insurance ?....... Check out Mixon Insurance. 

Fill out Bill Mixon's  on-line quote form for a fast, friendly insurance quote for rates on your boat..

Illinois Conservation Police Link....... Fixed a broken link to the Illinois Conservation Police and made them a web-page on RiverBill's.  

   

   It would be a good thing to have the following phone numbers in your boat or in your cell phone:

IDNR Alton Region IV Office 

Mon. thru Fri.-- 618 - 462-1181

 

Weekends and After Business Hours 

The best way to contact the IL. Conservation Police is to call the local sheriffs office(s)

Calhoun Co.-- 618 - 576-2417 
Jersey Co. ---- 618 - 498-6881 
Madison Co.-- 618 - 692-4433

Click here to go to the Illinois Conservation Police web page on RiverBill's

 

 

 Fri, Sat, Sun .... 02, 03, 04 March  2007....

Updated Sat @ 1:15 PM

 

Our 2nd River Picture of the Day..(Saturday)... is of some of the boater's that were at Kinder's Restaurant for the "Season Opener" on Friday night.

  

Stay anchored right here for more pictures from opening night next week.

  

 

 

Our River Picture & e-mail of the Day..(Saturday)... is titled ...

 

$125000 a piece if you ruin one of these babies

 

Hello Bill! 

 

   They are located in south Florida. Dimensions are 66' diameter, pitch unknown, bore 5.5" spline, probably cast by Rolla Propeller, Italy. Reportedly, They were mounted on huge Arneson surface drives that were mounted on aprox. 3500 H.P Caterpillar power (X-2) that were mounted in a 140' aluminum yacht. Cruse speed would have been over 30 Kt. and fuel consumption @ cruise about 1800 pounds per hour (300 Gal.). Hope I helped, 

 

Capt. Ron Holloway
Hallandale Beach, Florida 

 

 

RiverBill says...The above picture and e-mail is a family effort. 

Ron Halloway sent us the e-mail above and his son Russell sent us the picture.  Thanks Ron and Russell !   

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day..(Friday)...  is a shot from the River Cam at Lock and Dam 25 on early Wednesday morning, February 28........The ice flow, the colors and the reflection of the lights all join together to make this a good "Wintery" picture. 

 I named this picture ..... "Now You See It" !

 

 

 

 

 

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 Thursday Morning, March 01

I named this picture ..... "Now You Don't

 

No Ice

 

What a difference 1 day makes….  

Spring is only 19 Days away !

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

 

Sunday 

The "Picture of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  was one of white pelicans flying in formation. This pic was sent in by Steve Schulte and taken from Mark Krull's front yard. Check out Steve's website http://www.steveschulte.com.    

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Saturday 

The "Pictures of the Day" from two years ago (2005)  were a picture of   Kinders Restaurant  area of the river.    Thought it was very appropriate picture since this weekend is Kinder's season opener.

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Friday

The "Pictures of the Day" from one year ago (2006)  were sent in by Betty Bannister, who hails out of Grafton Harbor

 

 She wrote in her e-mail: 

  

Every Wednesday a group of friends from Grafton go out in their Jon Boats. Today (3-1-06) was our first outing for this year. 

We have 3 rules.

1.  You do not have to have a Jon Boat

2. Everyone welcome

3.  BYOB

   These are the pelicans on the little island across from The Loading Doc Restaurant in Grafton.

Betty Bannister

Correction ------  Grafton's Landing Restaurant opens next Friday, March 9th

 

Not this Friday

Kinder's Restaurant Is Open This Weekend 

  

   This is a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner.  Kinder's Restaurant is opening for business this Friday around 4 PM.  Drop by on Friday and help us start the boating season off right.  Have a bite to eat and a good cold drink...visit with river friends and the good folks at Kinder's.  ........There are some docks out !

  

Fri    4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sat  11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sun 11:00 Am - 7:00 PM

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday every weekend in March.

  

 Click here to go to Kinder's website

Daylight Savings Time ------  begins next Sunday, March 11th.....9 days away

Did You Know ?  ------ 

  Mile 0.... on the US Army Corps of Engineers' Navigation Maps for the Upper Mississippi River is at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers.  

    The numbers increase as you go upstream....and....the last mile listed is "mile 855" near Coon Rapids, Mn

For more information go to http://www.nps.gov/archive/miss/tug/miles.html

 

 

 Thursday...... 01 March  2007....

 

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Our River Picture and E-mail of the Day...... is from Kim who was inducted into the "Girls Of Alton Lake" club yesterday.   Today we have a picture of her daughter Amanda, jumping for joy, with a great sunset in the background.

 

Kim wrote:

 

   Bill,

    Here are some really cute Golden Eagle Ferry pic's. I took my daughter Amanda, and my son's girlfriend Andrea, over there last summer for a bite to eat. We were the only car on the ferry on the way back and I got this great picture of my daughter jumping while we were crossing the river. There was also a nice sunset.

Kim

RiverBill says.....Thanks for the picture Kim.....And......Thanks to Amanda too !

 

Last Year's River Picture of the Day  ------  What picture was at the helm of RiverBill's on this day in years past ? 

 

The "Picture of the Day" from one year ago (2006) was of River Dawg named... .Wade... He's checking out his owner's boat.  Looks right at home.  Hope he has passed the Safe Boating Class !

 

  Wade belongs to Mark and Kathy Sweetman.  Mark is a member of the 2005 Jamaica Daze band, 2nd Nature.

Con Trios Yacht Club's Website ------  Captain Darryll Weil, the Con Trios Web Master, has updated the club's website.

Darryll also noted:

  • The Past Commodore's Party is set for Saturday, May 5th, 2007 at Aries Winery according to Jim Svoboda

  • John Bicknese has some old Con Trios glasses available, click on link on main page.

  • Gary Meinershagen has the October 20th Fall Color Watch / Cruise set with the "Spirit of LaSalle" (formerly the Grampa Woo).

      Click here to go to the Con Trios Yacht Club website

RiverBill's Upcoming Events Page  ------ Added a boat-load of happenings to the Upcoming Events page..  Most of the newest ones are from the City of Grafton, IL and Grafton Harbor....And there is still have more to add.  

   

  Add your event  ....Just send an e-mail to riverbill@prodigy.net

 

Anglers Legacy Pledge....Take the "Anglers Legacy Pledge" ....... Introduce someone new to fishing........ Get a free Angler’s Legacy window decal. 

Click here.

    

Fishing Laws....It's that time of the year again.   Make sure you know the latest laws.

Click here for the Sate of Missouri Fishing Laws

Click here for the latest Missouri "Wildlife Code Changes" for 2007.

 

Click here to download the Illinois Department of Natural Resources

                "2007 Fishing Digest"

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