~~~~~~ RiverBill's Archives~~~~~~
June 2007

 

A WEBSITE FOR THE  BOATING COMMUNITY 

OF THE 

MISSISSIPPI, ILLINOIS AND MISSOURI RIVERS

 

 It's the Weekend !

 Fri, Sat, Sun ....29, 30 June....1 July..2007  

 Updated Sun At 8:30 AM 

Make your Own

 Fireworks !

CLICK ON ABOVE PICTURE TO START THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Make Your Own Fireworks ! ----- Our fireworks display going off over the Clark Bridge from a couple year is back !

 ...Start the display by clicking on the picture above ......And then click on the sky above the Clark Bridge with your mouse to add additional fireworks........Each click adds 1 more sky rocket.......A big thanks goes out to Captain Gary Bowers for the animated fireworks and to Steve Schulte for the great picture.

Click On Picture To Enlarge

 

Our River Picture of the Day .....Saturday... is a shot of last night's sunset with a lone fisherman in the distance.  Taken up around the Two Branch island area.

   Actually this sunset kept getting better and better and better......But the sad news is...my pictures didn't !

  Have a safe boating weekend !

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ........ Is of some boaters in the Two Branch Island area of the river........

  The owner of this boat told us that he is the manager of the St. Peter's Quick Trip.

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ---Sunday--  was from Captain Robert Cope

 

Below is part of Robert's e-mail:

 

Hi Bill, it's Robert from the boat Slow Ride.
     Sunday I was on the way back from a weekend at Lake Wapapello, and it had been 3 weeks since I had been on the river, so I decided to head out for a short trip on the river before I went home and to see my friends playing at the Loading Dock. This means, I had my boat in 2 lakes on the same day.

    It's a pic of Terry Rodgers, Scott Nienhaus, and Karen Crawford waving from the stage at the loading dock (check out all those guitars).  

 Robert Cope

 

  

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ---Saturday--  was sent in by Bert Yates. 

 

He wrote

 

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

  

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 -----  is from Captain Tony Trice.  It's a shot of the work going on just up the hill from the Grafton Harbor at the Timber Ridge Condo's.

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What's Going on At River Restaurants This Week and This Weekend ?......

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What's Going on....At The River This Weekend ?......

 Click here check it out !

River Levels and Local Radar...... 

  Click here to check today's river levels and local radar

RiverBill's Classifieds....  The 1998 Aquasport 16 is Sold !

           New Price on the 1990 Wellcraft...Click here

                                         

Click here  and check out all the boats , boat parts and camper trailers for sale.

Found ........

   Found a blue and white cooler on Iowa island.

   

   e-mail...John DiFatta  at jdifatta2@yahoo.com

   

Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.

Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

Fireworks Displays  ------ 

Cedar Hill Resort is starting the Holiday off by presenting their Fireworks Display Saturday, June 30th.

  Click here for more info.

 

 

  Click here 

For a list of River Fireworks Displays

 from Alton To Hannibal

 

1673 in River History ......... 

     Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet were traveling down the Mississippi River by canoe just below the mouth of the Illinois River when they spotted the a demon painted upon a bluff. (The Piasa Bird) 
   He recorded the following description of his discovery:


"While Skirting some rocks, which by Their height and length inspired awe, We saw upon one of them two painted monsters which at first made Us afraid, and upon Which the boldest savages dare not Long rest their eyes. They are as large As a calf; they have Horns on their heads Like those of a deer, a horrible look, red eyes, a beard Like a tiger's, a face somewhat like a man's, a body Covered with scales, and so Long A tail that it winds all around the Body, passing above the head and going back between the legs, ending in a Fish's tail. Green, red, and black are the three Colors composing the Picture. Moreover, these 2 monsters are so well painted that we cannot believe that any savage is their author; for good painters in France would find it difficult to reach that place Conveniently to paint them. Here is approximately The shape of these monsters, As we have faithfully Copied It." 

 


 
The painting remained visible on the river bluffs until the 1850's

when the cliff containing the painting was quarried for gravel.

 

   

Source:  On-line Wikipedia Encyclopedia , Illinois River Paddling/Fishing website, altonweb.com

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

81 degrees, normal, dingy; channel catfish good on nightcrawlers, stinkbaits and sunfish; drum good on nightcrawlers; all other species slow. 

(Report made on 6/28/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

74 degrees, rising, muddy; catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair.

(Report made on 6/28/2007)

 Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

 

Help Wanted ........

   Experienced Marine Mechanic

 

   Dan’s Boats is hiring an experienced Marine Mechanic. Top Pay, Health Insurance, No Weekends, Yearly Training with the Manufacturers. Would service new and newer boats powered with Volvo and some Mercruisers. Dan’s Boats has a great team of boat enthusiasts and is looking to add a good technician who cares about the people and their boats! 

 

  Please contact Dan at 636-970-3267 or come on by the showroom!

Bald Eagle Expected To Be De-Listed ------- According to an article in the on-line Post Dispatch the American Bald Eagle is expected to be removed fro the national list of threatened and endangered species.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under court order to make a decision the eagle's fate by Friday. Just in time for the 4th of July !

   Click here to go to STLtoday and read the news article.
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National River News....

  Old news...  June 1 , 2007
   Man Loses  Prosthetic Leg Water Skiing  .........  According to a news story on 5ksdk.com..... A man from New Jersey lost his prosthetic leg while jet skiing on the Delaware River on Memorial Day weekend in a "wipeout" in the area  where Rancocas Creek runs into the Delaware River.

  You guessed it.  He is now using a prosthetic leg that doesn't fit and he is hoping someone can help him.

  

Click here to read the news story on 5ksdk.com  

Click here to download video from 5ksdk.com

  

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

ITCS Memo ......Illinois River Closure Mile 116 to Mile 120 Cancelled---- 

 

  Temporary river closure on the Illinois River from Mile 116 to Mile 120 has been cancelled.   The power line has been removed from the river by the electric company..

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2557  

 

Volunteer Help Wanted.....Join the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Click here

Dan's Boats ------ 

    Your source for excellent customer service - proven - they’ve been awarded Regal Boats Customer Satisfaction Awards for 5 consecutive years!          Click here

 Thurst-day Thursday ....28 June..2007    

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ........ are from Blue Marlin

 

“Foggy Sunday Morn”

 

Hi Bill, 

We got an early start on Sunday and were lucky enough to witness a quiet foggy morning, the sun started to poke through the clouds and Summertime eventually won out!

Take Care,

Blue Marlin

Andy Satterfield / vp
formfunctionandfinesse.com

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2005 -----  was taken by Robert Cope of the boat "Slow Ride". The picture is of  the "Carrie Mays" heading up-river with a load of rip rap passing the bluffs near Elsa, IL.  Thanks for the pic Robert.

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Lock Chamber Re-opens at Melvin Price Lock  and Dam ------- the 1,200 ft main lock at the Melvin Price Lock and Dam opened for navigation on Monday, June 25th........ 8 days early !

 

Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph.

 

Click here to read the news article in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St. Louis District website. 
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ITCS Memo ......Illinois River Closure Mile 116 to Mile 120---- 

 

  Temporary river closure on the Illinois River from Mile 116 to Mile 120 due to a downed power line across the channel. 

 

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2556  


June 28, 1879 in River History ......... The Mississippi River Commission was created by Act of Congress on this day as an executive body reporting to the Secretary of War.   Congress charged the commission with the task of developing plans to improve the condition of the Mississippi River, encourage navigation, promote commerce and prevent devastating floods.

 

  Click here for more information on the Mississippi River Commission website.

  A link to their website has been added in the left hand column of this page.

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

 

This issue contains a couple of interesting articles:

 

The Lewis and Clark Water Trail  on the Missouri River stretches from the Iowa boarder all the way to the Mississippi River.  

  Go to www.missouririverwatertrail.org for more information on planning day trips or long voyages on the river in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark.

 

Protecting Missouri's Waters   The zebra mussel was discovered in the Lake of the Ozarks last year ...and  "Boaters are critical to the control efforts".  The article contains useful tip for the boater to help prevent the spread of this invasive species.

 

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

Carlyle Lake ......40 Year Celebration June 30th ------- Carlyle Lake, located in Carlyle, Illinois, is turning 40 years old !  A full day of activities is planned for June 30th to commemorate the event, with a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Dam West Recreation Area.   Fireworks at dusk. 

   Carlyle Lake is the largest manmade lake in Illinois !

   Click here  to go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District website........ to the read the news article. (Scroll down the page)
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National River News....
   Fisherman Cuts Off Fingertips To Save His Life.........  According to a news story on 5ksdk.com..... a fisherman on the Wynoochee River, located on he Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, got his hand pinned between his sinking boat and a log after rapids swept their 16-foot boat into a log jam.  

   He decided that he could wait no longer help and cut off two of his fingertips in order to free himself.   Minutes later his future son-in-law arrived with help and tools !

  

  Click here to read the news story on 5ksdk.com

  

Help Wanted ........

   Experienced Marine Mechanic

 

   Dan’s Boats is hiring an experienced Marine Mechanic. Top Pay, Health Insurance, No Weekends, Yearly Training with the Manufacturers. Would service new and newer boats powered with Volvo and some Mercruisers. Dan’s Boats has a great team of boat enthusiasts and is looking to add a good technician who cares about the people and their boats! 

 

  Please contact Dan at 636-970-3267 or come on by the showroom!

Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.


Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

 

 Wednessssssssday ....27 June..2007    

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........ are from a few friends of Jim & Theresa, who all hail out of Grafton Harbor.

 

“Who needs enemies when you have friends”

 

Riverbill,


  “We wish to thank Big Jim & Theresa for providing C-Dock with electricity this weekend. Since all other outlets were being used, yours was the only one available to supply power to all the boaters on the dock. We cooked a great breakfast and fed approximately 25-30 people. One guy even brought a portable AC unit that kept us all cool. Thanks again and hope to see you soon.”



From the friends of Jim & Theresa,

John & Sherrie Taylor

Glenn & Jane McKean



“Who needs enemies when you have friends”

 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2005 -----  was of some of the  boats at Hat Island early on Saturday while parking spots were still plentiful.  This was before the "No Trespassing Signs" went up.

 

  Do you recognize this one ? It ended up as a RiverBill's header picture earlier this year.

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Tow Talkin .........  A couple of locals got honorable mentions in Kathy Flippo's Tow Talkin this week when she interviewed the crew of the Mv. R. Clayton McWhorter at Lock and Dam 13 on the Mississippi River near Albany, Illinois  / Clinton, Iowa.

  • Robert Julius, who has worked on the river for 14 years and lives in Belleville, Illinois. 

  • Roger Lee who has been on the river for 15 years and lives in St. Charles, Missour.

  • Terry Wedding who started started the Great Rivers Towboat Festival here in Grafton, Illinois.

Click here to read this weeks edition of Tow Talkin

Saturday & Sunday  August  25 & 26 

Greenway Network's Race For The Rivers

Date: 08/25/07
Time: 9:00 am
Place: St. Charles


This is a new event for 2007. Still being planned it will be a combined professional 2 day race (August 25 & 26) from Washington, Missouri to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area. There will also be a recreational float from Weldon Spring to St. Charles. Other activities are being planned.

For more information

Go to ..........http://www.greenwaynetwork.org/events.php?content_id=158


June 27, 2006 in River History ......... 

   The Boat at the RiverBend, the floating entertainment complex on the Alton, IL riverfront, opened it's doors for business.

 

   Click here to read the news article about the opening from the the archives of on-line Alton Telegraph.

Eco Park ... A New Riverside Park in St. Charles ..... According to a news article in the St. Charles Journal a new riverside park will open in about two weeks.  It is located along side of the Missouri River in northern St. Charles just north of the I-370 bridge.  It has wetlands, about three miles of trails and scenic overlook points.

    The park is located on the Missouri River side of the levee and extends from the Blanchette Landing boat access to the Bales Area in DuSable Park.

   Click here to read more about the park in the on-line St. Charles Journal.

  

  Might be a Good Place To Get Away From It All 

Relax

and 

Watch The River Flow. 

Help Wanted ........

   Experienced Marine Mechanic

 

   Dan’s Boats is hiring an experienced Marine Mechanic. Top Pay, Health Insurance, No Weekends, Yearly Training with the Manufacturers. Would service new and newer boats powered with Volvo and some Mercruisers. Dan’s Boats has a great team of boat enthusiasts and is looking to add a good technician who cares about the people and their boats! 

 

  Please contact Dan at 636-970-3267 or come on by the showroom!

ITCS Memo ......Repairs Complete on Lock Chamber at Melvin Price Lock  and Dam ------- According to ITCS Memo 2554, rpairs to the main lock chamber at Melvin Price Lock and Dam have been completed.  The lock was reopened to navigation at 2PM  25 June 2007.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo #2554  

 

   

Repairs to the main lock chamber at Melvin Price Lock and Dam have been completed.  The lock was reopened to navigation at 2PM  25 June 2007.


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Why Do We Call A Flood Plain A Flood Plain ? .........  I ran up on this one while cruising around on the internet last night.  The Greenway Network, Inc has a good definition of a floodplain.  Please take a minute and read it......Click here.

 

RiverBill says...Let floodplains be floodplains ! 

 

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.


Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

 

 

 

 Tuesday ....26 June..2007    

 

 

  

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

 

Our River Pictures and e-mail of the Day ........ is from Capt'n Tony Trice, who hails out of Woodland Marina.

 

Grafton Towboat Festival

 

Bill,
   Managed to go to the Grafton Tow Boat Festival Saturday afternoon.. 
   Rained like cats and dogs in the afternoon.. The first mate and I 
motored over on the Grafton Ferry in rain and came back in the 
sunshine..hi. What a day. The Tow tour was interesting and enjoyed the Flea Market too..

Capt Tony


 

More on the Grafton Towboat Festival........

Click here for the news article about the Grafton Towboat Festival on the STLtoday.com website

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Kinder's new deck all decorated and decked out !

 

Jill, Katie Kruze and Amanda

 

 

The KSHE 95 van

 

Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ----- were from last year's Hawaiian Luau Party at Kinder's Restaurant with KSHE 95 radio personality Katie Kruze .  

 

Click here for more party pictures !

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Hog Back Trip .........  on August 24-25-26. 

 

  Contact Laura at laura@dansboats.com or 636-970-3267. 

  This is 100 miles up the Mississippi to Quincy , IL . Dan & I are the commodores this year and we have some fun things planned for all those that participate! 

 

  This trip is open to any boater who wants to join!

 

Laura Hamilton
Dan's Boats

Your Source for Regal Sport Boats, Cruisers & Yachts!
636-970-3267 office

 

CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE

 

Mystery Solved .........  

 

Hi Bill, 

   This is BM (Best Man), I am sending this pic of the mystery wedding couple that MOH (Matron of Honor) sent you last week. 

 

  It was a great time, as always, on the river. 

 

Thanks, 

Capt. Mike (BM)

The Ministry on the River .........  The on-line Alton Telegraph had an interesting article about the The Seamen’s Church Institute.  It's a non-denominational church for the sea mariner that was established in 1834, and it has evolved over the past 170 years to include the inland mariner. 

   The Ministry on the River was established in 1998 and covers an area of the United States that stretches from St. Louis to New Orleans, Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois,  and from Houston across the Gulf of Mexico. 

   The Ministry on the River is operational every day of the year.  When the inevitable things happen to the inland mariner they are there. 

   The ministry even provides the use of a cell phone to those who do not have one and feel disconnected from their lives at home.   The church provides boat visits, counseling services and fellowship. 

   Click here to read the news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph

Thieves Pillage 30 Boats .........  According to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch thieves cut through a fence at Bud's Place, in St. Charles, late last week stole stereos and other equipment from 30 boats..

  Call St. Charles police at 636-949-3300 to report any information about the crime.. 


  Click here to read more about the theft on STLtoday.com

Riverfront Sword Play .. Downtown St. Louis ..... According to a news article in the on-line Post Dispatch......a man flourishing a two-foot-long sword on the downtown St. Louis Riverfront injured one man, smashed the rear window of the victim's car and broke off a side-door mirror.

  Click here to read the complete story in STLtoday.com   

Bash On The Beach .........  July 14 th. Illinois River

  

Bash on The Beach - July 14th - Naples Illinois - 65.5 mile marker 
1st Annual Bash on The Beach Naples, Illinois - 65.5 mile marker 

BYOB - Food Vendor - Bikini Contest - Limbo Contest - DJ Boat Parade at sunset. Bring a tent and spend the night

Help Wanted ........

   Experienced Marine Mechanic

 

   Dan’s Boats is hiring an experienced Marine Mechanic. Top Pay, Health Insurance, No Weekends, Yearly Training with the Manufacturers. Would service new and newer boats powered with Volvo and some Mercruisers. Dan’s Boats has a great team of boat enthusiasts and is looking to add a good technician who cares about the people and their boats! 

 

  Please contact Dan at 636-970-3267 or come on by the showroom!

National... River News  ........

   Upper Ohio River near Ravenswood, W. Va

 

   

Bill;
  Do not know your policy on reporting accidents but here is one that happened over the weekend on the Upper Ohio River near Ravenswood, W. Va. 

   What was this guy doing out on the river at 2 a.m. in a shut out fog with two children on board? The fog was so thick that all of the towboats were tied up. The towboat involved here was shuttling two barges between company docks a few miles apart. It appears the towboat pilot did everything he was supposed. Another newspaper article in the Charleston, W. Va., paper said the pilot blew his whistle like he was supposed to, but the pleasure boater steered right towards the whistle sound. Appears he had no idea whatsoever why the pilot blew the whistle. Another case for requiring licenses to operate pleasure boats.

Dan Owen

Dan Owen's Boat Photo Museum

 

Click here to read the news story on the Parkersburg News And Sentinel website.

Click here to read the news story on Dayton Daily News website.

National... River News....
   Black Lab Puts Owner's Car Into River......... A news story out of Sagle, Idaho.   

   First Coast News reported that a black lab named Charlie jumped into his owner's car through an open window and somehow knocked the vehicle into gear, letting it roll down the driveway and into the Pend Oreille River .

   The owner, of both the dog and the car, could only watch as his dog jumped back out of the car window and his car continued to roll down the driveway and into the river.

   

  Click here to read the news story on First Coast News out of Jacksonville Florida.

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.


Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

 

 

 

 Monday ....25 June..2007    

 

 

Our River Picture and e-mail of the Day ........ is from Cameron Imming

 

River Surfing

 

Hi Bill, 
  I haven't submitted a picture in awhile so I thought your visitors might like to see an action shot of "river surfing." This is Dustin catching the closest thing he has to his childhood ocean waves. If you want to see a video of him in action, check out the Movies pages at www.NauticalThugz.com . It's a large video (for now) so give it a bit to load. 

Thanks Bill! 
Cameron 

PS. I love the visitors I get from your website. Can you please change www.altonpoolblogspot.com to www.NauticalThugz.com


 

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Click on picture to enlarge

 

Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ----- was sent in by Mark Newlin who can be seen up around Two Branch Island in paddling around in his red kayak.  The picture above is of Karen in her "Sit on top" style kayak

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Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.


Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

Grafton Towboat Festival .........  The on-line Alton Telegraph had a news article about the Grafton Towboat Festival that was time stamped late Saturday evening. 
  According to the article, the festival is in it's eighth year and was created to draw interest to Grafton and to acquainte people with the towboat industry. The festival drew about 1,500 people on Saturday despite the rain.


  Click here to read more about the festival in the on-line Alton Telegraph

Cedar Hill......Saturday June 30th......... will be serving sandwiches, appetizers and salads all day....No Dinners.

    Will stop serving food at 8 PM for the fireworks show.

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

Illinois Department of Natural Resources - Fishing Report......... is out for this week for the  Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

 

Click here for the Mississippi River and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.  

       

Click here for the Illinois River and scroll down to your favorite fishing area.  

       

For the complete report go to http://www.ifishillinois.org

Today and This Past Weekend in River History ------  

June 22, 1884 in River History 

   The riverboat Montana, the largest stern-wheel steamboat to ever travel the Missouri River, sank across from St. Charles after striking the pier of the railroad bridge.  She was a stern-wheeler with a wooden hull built in Pennsylvania in 1879.

   About 180 feet of the riverboat's hull is still intact today, lying underwater on the St. Louis Side of the Missouri River.  Parts of the sunken vessel still surface from time to time when the river level on the Missouri River gets real low. The bow was broken off and has not been located.

  

Click here for information about the systematic survey and excavation of the wreck that took place in the year 2000 from the St. Charles Steamboat Project website.

Click here to read the story about the Montana in National Geographic.

Click here for the story in the 2005 news article in USA Today 

 

June 23, 1939 in River History

   The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was founded in 1939 by an Act of Congress as the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. A volunteer force of men and women created to assist the Coast Guard and the recreational boating public. Re-designated as the Auxiliary in 1941

   Click here to read more about the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on the PRWeb.....Press Release NEWSWIRE web site.

 

June 25, 1906 In River History

   U.S. Congress passed bill authorizing construction of MacArthur Bridge spanning the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

   Click here to read more about the Mac Author Bridge on the Historic Bridges of The United States website

 

 

A Film By Ken Burns... Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery ......... PBS has an article about the film about Lewis and Clark and the Journey of  the Corps of Discovery.

 

According to the PBS wesite...... The United States ended at the Mississippi River in 1801 and most Americans lived within 50 miles of the Atlantic Ocean at that time.
That year President Thomas Jefferson appropriated $2,500 for the Corps of Discovery expedition and commissioned Meriwether Lewis, his secretary, the undertaking of exploring the West. Meriwether Lewis asked William Clark, his old friend and a group of frontiersmen to join the the Corps of Discovery expedition.
 

  

  Click here to go to the PBS website and read about the film and Lewis and Clark's journey. 

 FRI, SAT, SUN ....22, 23, 24 June..2007    

Welcome To The 

1st Weekend of Summer !  

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ......Sunday.. is from Cathy Kleeschulte

 

River Dawg

Elvis

Hi River Bill....

  This is my dog Elvis.

  He lovessssssss the river n boating and loves playing the sand!

Thanks

Cathy Kleeschulte

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ......Saturday.. is from Joe Foust who hails out of Woodland Marina in the boat Webelimin.

 

River Dawgs

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

 

Hi River Bill....

   Here is My Dogs Mickey and Minnie Mouse they are 1 year old Boston Terriers and have been on the River Since they were born. They come out on the river with us every weekend on "Webelimin" docked at Woodland Marina..

Thanks,

Joe Foust

 

 

 

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Our River Picture of the Day ......Friday.. is from John Soetaert, who boats on the Kaskaskia River in Illinois

 

The Chocolate River

 

John wrote::

 

Hi Bill, 

  Love your site and visit it every day. We enjoy pool 26 but also boat on the Kaskaskia at New Athens or Evansville, IL. (Close to home) Here are a few pics of my boys having fun on what they call the "chocolate river", they love it.

Thank You,
John Soetaert, CGCS
Annbriar Golf Course


RiverBill says....I have spent some time boating and fishing on the Kaskaskia River myself when I was a young man growing up in that general area..  

Thanks for sending in the pictures John !

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day"  .......  What picture was plotting  the course for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ----Sunday-- was of (left to right) Laura with Rick and Mary, who hail out of Two Branch Marina, on the new deck at Kinder's Restaurant.  I think this picture was taken before they put the roof on the deck.

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2006 ----Saturday-- was sent in by MaryBeth.........It is Laura, Butch, John, B.O.B. , Phil, MaryBeth and Carl toasting the setting sun of the Summer Solstice on Wednesday evening.   We spent Wednesday evening rafted up and lazily floating down the river , finally watching the sunset .........And celebrated the beginning of Summer.

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Our River Picture on this Day in 2005 ----Friday-- was a shot of a  helicopter  flying in past Iowa Beach at tree top level one evening in 2005.      

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Sharks........ Late breaking News.....The Sharks are playing at Sharky's Cove Saturday Night at 9:00 PM

Fireworks in Illinois........ Please Read

 

Bill,

Would you post this on your website as a reminder.


Fireworks are illegal in Illinois and State Managed property such as Enterprise, Iowa, Island 521, and Royal Landing.

Martin and Hat Islands are private property and the owners want violators arrested for Trespassing. These are the islands across from Cuivre Island.

Mark Wagner
Conservation Police Officer
Illinois Department of Natural Resources 

ITCS Memo   Melvin Price Locks Re-Opening........ The main lock chamber at Melvin Price Lock and Dam will re-open to all traffic on June 25, 2007 at 2:00 PM.  

   Repair work was completed 8 days ahead of schedule.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo # 2553  

 

Grafton, Illinois This Weekend.....Grafton is going to be a busy place this weekend ! 

  • Great River Towboat Festival

  • 2nd annual Antique and Classic Boat and Outboard show

  • Riverside Flea Market

Read on or check out RiverBill's Upcoming Events page  or the  What's going on at the river this weekend section for more info

Great River Towboat Festival, Grafton.....  I was cruising around on the internet and ran a-ground on some additional information about the upcoming Towboat Festival being held this weekend in Grafton, Illinois on the greatriverroad.com web site as follows:.  

 

Hours:.......Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm....Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm...Free

 

Music by the Swings Kings, Dixie Rag, Poor Mountaineers, and Cornet Chop Suey.

 

 Rope throwing contest, river art displays, children’s activities, model boat exhibits and historical and educational displays by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Corps of Engineers. 

   BBQ, crawfish and shrimp boil..

 

   Click here to go to the GreatRiverRoad.com website for more info about the Towboat Festival. 

You Might Be A River Boater If............  

  • Your wife says "you love this boat more than me". 

  • Your first wife said the same thing. 

  • Your second wife said the same thing. 

  • Your third wife said the same thing...........

Lloyd Bollinger

Sunkist III

Yacht Club Of St. Louis

 

Added a "You Might Be A River Boater If" page to RiverBill's. 

 Click here and check it out ...or ...click on the link in the upper left hand column.

Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

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

Mississippi River (above St. Louis):

80 degrees, normal, muddy; channel catfish fair on prepared baits; white bass good on minnows; all other species slow. (Report made on 6/21/2007)

Missouri River (below New Haven)

76 Degrees, low dingy, catfish good on natural baits; all other species fair  (Report made on 6/29/06)

 

Check out the report for the entire state of Missouri

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

The Illinois River......... 1905 - 1915 Fish Harvest

       
  "From 1905 to 1915, more freshwater fish were harvested from the Illinois than from any other river in the United States except for the Columbia River. The river was once a major source of mussels for the shell button industry. Overfishing, habitat loss due to heavy siltation and pollution have eliminated most commercial fishing except for a small mussel harvest to provide shells to seed pearl oysters overseas." 

  

  Click here for more info about the Illinois River in the Wikipedia Encyclopedia

 Thursday....21 June..2007.    

Welcome To Summer !  

Today is the first day of Summer. 

 It's the day with the most daylight hours of all of the days the entire year.

   Enjoy !  

 

 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is from Robert Cope of the boat Slow Ride

 

Knee Boarding In Snake Chute

 

Robert wrote::

 

My son took this one of my daughter last Saturday back in Snake Chute. It was her first time on a knee board. After about 2 hours of boarding, she sure was sore on Sunday.

 

Robert Cope

Slow Ride

RiverBill says....Check out Robert's site

                         http://360.yahoo.com/rcope2@sbcglobal.net

Yester Year's "River Pic of the Day" in 2005 .......  What picture was marking the channel for RiverBill's Readers in years past ? 

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Redneck Bass Boat ----   

Rick Flier, out of Two Branch Harbor, (not the wrestler) e-mailed me a picture of what he called a redneck bass boat

 

A trolling motor, a chair and a battery. 

 

 Where is the cooler ?

 

 

 

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ITCS Memo   Melvin Price Locks Re-Opening........ The main lock chamber at Melvin Price Lock and Dam will re-open to all traffic on June 25, 2007 at 2:00 PM.  

   Repair work was completed 8 days ahead of schedule.

Click here to read the ITCS Memo # 2553  

 

 Wedding Announcement  ......... 

 

  After 20+ years, a "mystery couple" have decided to tie the "Nautical Knot". Yes, indeed, they are getting hitched right out in front of their Club House in the Dardenne Slough on Sunday, June 24th at approximately 1:00pm. Reverend Gary Meinershagen will be performing the long awaited nuptials, and his wife, Judy, is the Matron of Honor(MOH), and Mike Gilmor is the Best Man (BM). 

Look for the boat named Good Vibrations, owned by John & Pat DiFatta, anchored in front of their club house (just a bit up river from the Yacht Club of St. Louis). The Happy Couple, as well as the wedding party will be on board. Drive by and give them a congratulatory honk, or feel free to anchor out and watch the ceremony. 

After the ceremony, Good Vibrations will take the Bride & Groom and wedding party for a spin around the Island . . . . then it's time to "get this party started".

Congratulations to Mystery Couple #1!

Judy Meinershagen

Also From June 20 / 21, 2005..........  

 

 

 Why You Think You Might Be A River Boater 

By Captain Dave Bullington of the boat "Whoz Yer Daddy"

  • You think $3/gal for gas is a great deal

  • You have $15k worth of electronic navigation gear but you never leave the Alton pool

  • You think "size" matters

  • You spend thousands of $$ on an activity you get to do a most weekends during a 6 month period each year

  • Your beer cooler might bigger than your gas tank

  • You can back a boat trailer but can't parallel park

  • You know what "SPF" stands for

  • You could, in a pinch, use your gold chain for an anchor (oops, that would be a "lake boater, sorry...)

  • You have used something called "bilge soap"

  • You use the terms "port" & "starboard" while driving your car

  • The first thing you look at in the paper each day is the river stage

  • And last but not least, you might be a boater if you ever had a fight with your spouse, stormed out of the house and spent the night on the boat!!

River Bill says.....I just had to add a few of my own to the list:

  • Your boat cost more than your first house !

  • The stereo in your boat is better than the one in your home !

  • You only have one engine in your car, but need two in your boat !

  • You know what a river dike is !  (Oops..another lake boater jab)

  • You Log-On to RiverBill's ........1st thing each morning !

Got any additional items to add to the list ?   Send them in and we will keep it going.

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Help Wanted ........

Part Time Cook Wanted–All Shifts.  Bar & Grill Featuring Daily Special


Palisades Yacht Club
1670 Riverview Drive
Portage Des Sioux, Mo. 63373

To apply please contact Amy.... 314-706-2313 
$10.00-$12.00 per hour depending on experience

River Slang......... Sold Down The River

       
   The Mississippi River is most likely the river meant in this phrase.  It's probably a reference to slavery. 

   Down the Mississippi River was a way to go into the Deep South and into plantation country . 
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   Source: http://www.historymania.com/american_history/Mississippi_River

NewsWaves .......... The June edition of Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation's NewsWaves is out.

 

Click here and take a look !

    

American Eagle Day.....  According to a news article in the on-line Alton Telegraph....Yesterday was "American Eagle Day".       
   

  Established by the American Eagle Foundation....Commemorates the anniversary of the eagle being named as "National Symbol of the United States. 

 

  This year, we should have reason for more celebration.  The U.S. Department of Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to remove the bald eagle from the  “endangered” and “threatened” lists of the Endangered Species Act.

 

Click here to go to the on-line Alton Telegraph and read the news Article. 

    

 Wednesday....20 June..2007

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is from Capt'n Darryll Weil, who hails out of the Yacht Club of St. Louis in the cruiser "After You".

Look At That .......  sunse!

 

Darryll wrote in his e-mail:

 

Last weekend was just a chill out one anchored in the cut behind Two Branch island on the Mississippi. Took a few pics but mostly did a whole lot of nothing! It was great. Check out the pics at:

http://captainweil.com/Mississippi20070616/

Or go to my website at www.captainweil.com and click on the "Newest Stuff" or "Boating" links.

Enjoy, Darryll

 

RiverBill says...Great picture Darryll !  

 

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Sharon Gwillim wrote in an e-mail back in May:

"God just keeps sending them and they mesmerize me.  Every night the sun sets and every night they're different"

Yester Year's River Pic of the Day  .......  What picture was marking the channel fro RiverBill's in years past ? 

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Our River Pictures on this Day in 2006 ------ were sent in by Sherri Stanczak.  You might see Sherri and her husband, Mike, flying around from time to time above the river in a red and white powered parachute...   

Sherri wrote in her e-mail:

 

Bill,

  

Here are some aerial shots of the horse shoe dykes.  It's obvious that some of the boaters can't see them on the water as well as we can see them from the air.  Watch out for them!

 

Sherri

   

RiverBill says...Thanks for the aerial pictures Sherri....Now we know exactly what this set of dikes look like from the air and their relation to river channel and the river banks.  This also shows how they are positioned to keep the main flow of water in the channel.

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Seven Water Fatalities at The Lake of the Ozarks ..... According to a news story in the on-line Post Dispatch 4 people have drowned at the Lake Of The Ozarks since last Thursday.  Since mid-May seven people have died at that lake..... and alcohol was involved in each death.
    The recent deaths involved people swimming or falling into the water without life jackets. 

Click here to read the news article on STLtoday.com

 

 The Missouri State Water Patrol Has Issued a News Release  ......... 

 

"Alcohol Involved in 100 Percent of this Year's Record Number

 of Fatalities at Lake of the Ozarks"

 

   The News Release states that there were seven fatalities on Lake of the Ozarks so far this year.  Six of them were drownings and one was from a a boating accident. Alcohol was involved in every one of them. 

The report states that....."most, if not all, of them could have been prevented had those involved worn life jackets and abstained from alcohol consumption" .........Click here to continue reading the Missouri State Water Patrol News Release N07070073 dated 20070618

Looking For That New Home or a River House  ------  

Call Phil Carapella........ 314-359- 2423.........The St. Peters REMAX Stars

Capt'n Darryll Weil sent us another picture that is quite interesting !

 

Darryll wrote:

Mary Ann Shmidt sent me a couple of pictures of her son David racing at the Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races with his wife Nancy super imposed on it. I thought it was pretty cool and shows what a wife / mother is feeling when the race is being run. Thanks to Mary Ann for the pics. You can check them out along with more pictures from the Creve Coeur Drag Boat Races by clicking on the "Sports" link on my website:

www.captainweil.com

Enjoy, Darryll

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..

1935 in River History......... 

       
   A " runaway train" hit a pier of the Highway 115 Bridge  that crosses the Missouri River at St Charles.  A 40 foot span of the bridge fell onto the street below.

  

   Click here for more information from the St. Charles Library District's website.

Grafton's Landing......... Has new business hours 

 Open.. Thur 11AM -   7 PM 

            Fri   11AM -  10 PM  

  Sat  11AM -  10 PM  

  Sun  11AM -   9 PM  

 

 Click here for Grafton's Landing  website  

 

Simulated Hostage Situation at Argosy Casino Yesterday .......... According to a news article on 4 kmov.com..... a disaster drill was scheduled to take place on the casino grounds of the Argosy Casino, located on the Mississippi River, at Alton, Illinois on Tuesday. 
   Included in the drill were simulated hostage situations,  explosives and mass casualties.

    

Click here to read the news story on 4 kmov.com

 

 Tuesday....19 June..2007

 

Our River Picture of the Day ........ is  a shot of a few boats up around Two Branch Island late Sunday afternoon.  Don't see to many sailboats in this area of the river.

Yester Year's River Pic of the Day  .......  What picture was marking the channel fro RiverBill's in years past ? 

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Our River Pictures on this Day in 2006 ------ was sent in by Mark Newlin, who can be seen kayaking around from time to time on the Mississippi River near the Isle of Two Branch.

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6 People Die in Missouri's Waters Including 1 in the Mississippi  ..... According to a news story on KSDK NewsChannel 5........ 6 people died in Missouri's waters in a 4 day period of time.  

    One of them was in the Mississippi River, south of the St. Louis area.  The body of Terry Brunner, 46-years old,  was found late Saturday night near Wittenberg, Mo, in Perry County.

 

 Click here to read the news article on 5ksdk.com  

 Click here for more info on KAIT T8

Tribute to Sharon Huebner Party was Last Saturday 

Sharon Huebner

January 16, 1962 - May 4, 2007

 

Captain Mike Vitale, who hails out of the Duck Club in the cruiser INXS, sent us the following e-mail.

 

 

   

As most of you know the Saturday Night tribute to Sharon was a big success.

Our “River Family” came together for a toast (or 2 or 3) to the life of Sharon Huebner.

There where salutes of all kinds ranging from the usual massive quantities of food and drink, to an endless supply of Yeager Bombs, to the glow of battery operated high heels, and finally to the shouts of “ Sharon ” the new chant for a “Social Drink”.

Emotions ran high but so was the spirit. 

Surprisingly, it was not only the females showing the emotion, there was more than one big, macho, boater man seen wiping tears from their eyes.

Personally, 
It just felt like at any second Sharon would come bouncing up with a big smile and a hug to give, a laugh to share, and looking for her friends (or anyone available) to dance with.

She will be missed!

When we gave Steve the check he seemed genuinely surprised. How we managed to keep it a surprise was probably the biggest surprise of all. The final amount for Sharon ’s Fund was $4,300. Even thought it will not be used the way we hoped I am sure that it will be put to good use.

~ Thank You From Sharon ’s Fund! ~

“People on the River ARE Happy to Give”


Good Health and Good Boating,

See you on the Water! 

Mike

Missouri River Cleanup at St. Charles ......   has ben rescheduled for Aug. 11. 

   

  Missouri River Relief will hold the cleanup event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the old boat ramp next to the Lewis and Clark Boat House and Nature Center in Frontier Park, St. Charles, Mo. 

 

  The original cleanup event was first scheduled for May 12 and had to be postponed because of flooding on the Missouri River. 

For more info. call Steve Schnarr at 573-443-0292 or
go to  www.riverrelief.org

 

  Click here to read the entire news article on STL today.com

    

1888 in River History......... 

     

    Capt. John Enoch opened a pontoon bridge across the Missouri River at St. Charles. It was destroyed five months later by ice on the river

  

   Click here for more information from the St. Charles Library District's website.

Delta Queen ........ According to a news article in the on-line Waterways Journal....the owners of the Delta Queen are pushing the members of the United States Congress to pass an extension to the "exempt status"  that that allows the  vessel to operate. 

   The "exempt status&